Connecticut Ghost Town Up for Sale; Bidding Starts at $800,000

By Katherine Rodriguez | October 28, 2014 | 1:46pm EDT

If you've ever dreamed of owning your own "ghost town," now's your chance. is offering bidders the chance to own the village of Johnsonville, CT for $800,000.

The 62-acre village consists of eight Victorian-era-style buildings- including a general store, a stable, an old mill, a chapel, a covered bridge, and a tavern.


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The town, located 30 minutes away from Hartford, was known as a mill-town in the early 19th century that used the nearby Moodus River as its power source.

After newer technologies made water mills a thing of the past, an aerospace tycoon by the name of Raymond Schmitt bought the property in the 1960s with plans to make it into a tourist attraction.

Schmitt restored some of the buildings to their former glory, but he abandoned the project in 1994 after land disputes and zoning issues with local officials in neighboring East Haddam.

No human has occupied the town since 1994, but urban legends say Schmitt's ghost still roams the property, WPIX11 reports.

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“The rumor is he loved the place so much that he never left,” said Rick Sharga, executive vice president for in a statement.

The starting price for this village is $800,000, but potential buyers must place their bids in $100,000 increments if they are serious about owning the village.

East Hampton-Portland Patch reported last year that the ghost town was on the market for $2.9 million, but it never sold.

Buyers will have to act fast, however, as the village will only be on the market until October 30 at 1pm.

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