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Abandoned CT village up for sale

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Johnsonville section of Moodus up for sale Johnsonville section of Moodus up for sale
MOODUS, CT (WFSB) -

Anyone who has ever dreamed of owning their own town may have that chance.

A village in the Moodus section of East Haddam is on the auction block after it has been deserted for years.

While the area comes with a few ghost stories, neighbors said they believe it could turn into something much more spectacular.

The village is called Johnsonville and almost looks like a Connecticut postcard.

A church in the area even appeared in the Billy Joel music video for the River of Dreams, but there are signs of neglect scattered throughout the village.

"We've heard stories, just creepy stories about it, and we didn't really love the idea of living next to it when we first moved here,” neighbor Nancy Flanders said.

Town officials said an LLC out of West Palm Beach has owned the property since 2002. The peeling paint and run-down buildings are a far cry from the tourist attraction former owner Ray Schmitt hoped it would be before his death in the late 1990s.

The town historian said the village was started by workers of the neighboring twine mill and then, in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s, the owner brought in many buildings from towns in surrounding New England.

"We would dismantle it and bring it in piece by piece and re-erect it,” said Tom Kronenburgar, who helped build Johnsonville.

He restored the historic buildings that Schmitt brought to the area, even building a covered bridge from reclaimed planks from a Waterbury factory.

He said there are so many memories in Johnsonville and he hopes that a new owner can restore the historic village to its glory.

The eight buildings on the 62-acre property are on the auction block for a starting big of about $800,000.

The listed realtor did not return calls from Eyewitness News, but Auction.com has the bidding scheduled to start on Oct. 28.

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