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The town of Johnsonville © William Raveis
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You Can Now Buy This Abandoned Ghost Town in Connecticut for Under $2 Million

Picture of Amber C. Snider
Home & Design Editor
Updated: 9 June 2017
Ever wanted to own an entire secluded town? There’s currently one for sale for under $2 million and it’s only about two and a half hours from New York City…
Livery
Livery | © William Raveis

The entire town of Johnsonville—a once-thriving mill community in the 1800s—is now up for sale for a mere $1.9 million. Located in East Haddam, Connecticut, the ghostly town has been abandoned since the late ‘90s, after its former owner, an aerospace manufacturer and millionaire, Raymond Schmitt, passed away.

The purchase includes the original four-bedroom Emory Johnson homestead, which boasts original Victorian-era features, a bank, a pond, bridge, a horse stable, a waterfall, and 62 acres of land.

Front exterior of the main house
Front exterior of the main house | © William Raveis

Back in 1965, Schmitt purchased the property with the hopes of transforming it into a Victorian-era tourist attraction. The “controversial” millionaire went around collecting 19th century buildings from surrounding areas and had them transported to Johnsonville. He purchased a 19th century livery stable, a chapel, a general store, and even a schoolhouse to complete the nostalgic look. But after a dispute with zoning officials, the Victorian attraction was shut down and subsequently the property went on the market shortly thereafter. Schmitt died only four years later.

Inside the bank
Inside the bank | © William Raveis

The nearly derelict town was later purchased by Meyer Jabara Hotels in the early 2000s. But it has seen its share of fame since its abandonment: it was featured in National Geographic’s TV series Abandoned, Billy Joel’s 1993 music video “River of Dreams,” and of course, horror flicks. But honestly, creepy or not, where else can you get all this secluded, waterfront property in the northeast for under $2 million?

But maybe the old mill town isn’t all bad vibes and ghostly remnants. Maybe the next owner will renovate and restore each building to its original splendor, and the little Johnsonville will see a new beginning.


Want to see more photos of The Johnsonville Town in Connecticut? Scroll below to view images of the entire property, courtesy of listing agent Sherri Milkie.

Bank
Bank | © William Raveis
The General Store
The General Store | © William Raveis
© William Raveis
View from the main house
View from the main house | © William Raveis
The School House
The School House | © William Raveis
Interior of the bank
Interior of the bank | © William Raveis
Bank teller
Bank teller | © William Raveis
Bridge
Bridge | © William Raveis
Emory Street
Emory Street | © William Raveis
Emory Street, view of the house
Emory Street, view of the house | © William Raveis
Emory House
Emory House | © William Raveis
Emory House
Emory House | © William Raveis
General Store
General Store | © William Raveis
House
House | © William Raveis
© William Raveis
House
House | © William Raveis
Interior of the livery
Interior of the livery | © William Raveis
Main House Hall
Main House Hall | © William Raveis
Main House interior stairwell
Main House interior stairwell | © William Raveis
View from the main house
View from the main house | © William Raveis
View from the street
View from the street | © William Raveis
The Johnsonville Town
The Johnsonville Town | © William Raveis
Town Hall
Town Hall | © William Raveis
Water Wheel
Water Wheel | © William Raveis
© William Raveis