Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Abandoned Village of Johnsonville

Knock on the door this October and say "Trick or Treat" and there will be no answer. While walking through the now abandoned village of Johnsonville is East Haddam, CT you can help but think to yourself "Where is everybody?". Johnsonville was once a thriving Mill Town in the 1800's with twin mills creating powers from the villages pond. Raymond Schmitt purchased the 52 acre property in the 1960's with intention of turning it into a Victorian tourist attraction, he transported most of the building that lay on this quiet piece of land from near by communities. The horse stable was used for weddings and fundraising functions but in 1994 this all ended when Schmitt got into a dispute with the town permanently closing the village to the public.

As of October 2014 the village remains abandoned but is to be put up to bid for $800,000 which raises the question... Wouldn't it be cool to be a Mayor of your own town?

 Inside the General Store

Photos taken by Michael Parisi and Michael Ackler of Abandoned CT

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Choate Boat House

You need two things to have a successful boating crew. A crew and well... Water. Choate's boating crew had both until 30 years ago when they lost their water. In the blink of an eye the dam that held Wallingford's  Community Lake together was breached resulting in the draining of the lake into the Quinnipiac River. The famous private school was left high and dry with no other options the abandoned their beloved lake house moving to the nearby town of Guilford.

Today Community Lake is still no more, after talks with the EPA of building a 25 Million dollar dam fell through.