An entire Connecticut ghost town is back on the market for $2.4 million after the winning bidder disappeared
The village of Johnsonville, Connecticut is back on the market for $2.4 million after a potential deal fell through and the buyer disappeared, according to Curbed.Though the bidder won the property's auction for $1.9 million, the deal wasn't able to close for an unspecified reason, according to The Hartford Courant.
Johnsonville's founding dates back to the 1830s, when it was a mill town for the twine industry in Connecticut. Fast forward to 1960, when, according to Curbed, aerospace millionaire Ray Schmitt bought up all the buildings in town. He also brought his own buildings to Johnsonville, including a Victorian-era stable and a chapel from Massachusetts, opening a quaint theme park.
A hotel developer did purchase the property in 2008, and tried to unload it in 2013 for $2.9 million.
Many of the original buildings from the 1800s are still standing, though they are in terrible shape.
The structures, though dilapidated, feature authentic and original colonial and Victorian design.Advertisement
Fires destroyed some of the original structures, but at least eight still remain on the property.
A Victorian-style stable is one of the buildings Schmitt brought to Johnsonville.Advertisement
The village has been abandoned since the 1990s, serving as a backdrop for movies and music videos.
The Johnson Millpond lies right next to the town, where in 1966 Schmitt kept a steamboat as a theme park attraction.Advertisement
The 1800s-era general store also still stands in the middle of town.
The Emory Johnson Homestead is the jewel of the property, chock full of original Victorian details.Advertisement
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