January 04, 2006

Won't You Take Me To...

In a recent trip though the backroads of Connecticut, I was introduced to an old local ghost story that I had not yet heard about.

I was with two co-workers, traveling to our new New York branch, when we came upon the small town of Cornwall, CT. I am very familiar with Cornwall, mostly because of Mohawk Mountain and my past addiction to skiing and snowboarding, but also because of the time I spent through high school and college delivering out in that area. I found it very surprising that all this time, right up the road, is Connecticut's very own ghost story... Dudleytown.

The story of Dudleytown is a strange one. Apparently, decades ago, the town went mad and all died or moved away for reasons unknown. It seems there is a curse on this place, and anyone who attempts to live within the Dudleytown lines are destined to a life of peril, and certain death.

I won't attempt to explain the story, but will provide you with this link if you dare learn more about this mysterious place.

However, the real motivation for this post was not only for story itself, rather a question to all you local Connecticut/Massachusetts folk (or those of you interested in the paranormal... which I am not, I'm afraid... wait, not that I'm afraid, I'm just afraid I'm not interested... yeah, that's it) who might know about this place. But here's my question:

Does anyone else know about this place? I asked people here at work and they all seem to have some idea of what it is. In fact, most of them responded "Really? You haven't heard of Dudleytown?" shocked that I hadn't heard the story. I wonder if it's just a matter of living in Torrington versus living in New Hartford/Barkhamsted/Colebrook/Norfolk... or whatever, and the story just didn't travel far enough. It just seems like such an odd thing.

A google search brings up a good amount of information on this small Connecticut ghost town (I provided you with the first site it found). I wonder, am I the only one that didn't know? Is Dudleytown really a ghost town? I guess we'll never know... until we do.

Happy "Boo" Year.... Mwa ha ha ha ha ha!!!

Posted by jed at January 4, 2006 04:54 PM

I've never heard of Dudleytown, although I do like that there's a book about it called "Deadlytown".

Posted by: Chris at January 5, 2006 08:25 AM

Yup - been there - camped near by w/ the boy scouts - if I recall it was a lot like... being in the woods. But, to this day, I'm haunted by the vision of ancient cellar holes.

Posted by: marc at January 8, 2006 02:46 AM

I think there are lots of old towns in the area - I remember something being in people's state forest.

On an unrelated note - I can't figure out if I'm getting fat at an alarming rate or if my internal organs are swelling up. I suppose time will tell...

Posted by: marc again at January 8, 2006 03:03 AM

Forget about going to Dudleytown.

I was there this summer with 5 buds. We all got busted for trespassing and parking. The cops tore our car apart. Cost each of us over $100 and the owner of the car an additional $175 for towing and a trip to court because he was driving with a suspended license.
The state police said that we are now in a database and if we get caught trespassing again anywhere, it will be a felony arrest.
Should have gone to Six Flags instead.

Posted by: Jerry at January 21, 2006 06:43 PM

yeah, i've heard you can get a pretty hefty fine for going into dudleytown. but i'd still rather go there than to six flags after they totally screwed me over.

Posted by: jed at January 24, 2006 09:27 PM
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