A 62-acre town is for sale in Connecticut for $1.9m – and it’s filled with Victorian buildings frozen in time.
Johnsonville was established in East Haddam in 1802 as a centre for twine production, with several mills powered by the Moodus and Salmon rivers.
In the 1960s, industrial millionaire Raymond Schmitt bought the Neptune Mill and land surrounding the Connecticut property, and began turning the hamlet into a private Victorian-era theme park. He even moved a Victorian stable and chapel to the town, but the venture was kiboshed by his death in 1988.
Johnsonville featured in Billy Joel’s video for ‘The River of Dreams’, and the town has also been used as a film set for 2014 horror movie Deep in the Darkness. But by and large, it’s had an stunted recent history…
Hotel group Meyer Jabara Hotels bought the 62-acre town in 2001 for $2.5m, but its plans to redevelop Johnsonville as a Victorian-style residential community never gained planning permission. It was auctioned off in 2014, but the sale ultimately fell through.
Johnsonville is now on the market via Sherri Milkie of William Raveis, and includes a barn, former bank and post office, general store, several houses, a mill and a covered bridge, which have views of the lake and waterfall.
The mixed-use site is being marketed for residential and commercial development, meaning its new owner has plenty of room to get creative…