Connecticut Ghost Town Sells for $1.9 Million
Known as Johnsonville, the 62-acre village in East Haddam was once a thriving spinning mill community, then a tourist attraction, and then a deserted collection of structures that was occasionally used as a backdrop, most notably for Billy Joel's 1993 video "River of Dreams" and for Cuba Gooding Jr's. recent film "Freedom," according to Connecticut Today. (Take a video tour below.)
Johnsonville currently contains eight historical structures, a pond, covered bridge, waterfall and wooden dam, says The Real Deal. The land, about two hours from New York City, can be used for single and multifamily housing, retail, education and entertainment. Auction.com handled the sale.
Bidding for the property began at $800,000 and reached $1.9 million. The buyer's identity has not yet been revealed.