WASHINGTON (dpa) – One of the most unusual real estate transactions in recent times – the sale of an abandoned town in historic Connecticut – will take the spotlight on an auction on Tuesday at an opening price of 800,000 dollars.
The village of Johnsonville will go under the hammer 16 years after its eight historical buildings were finally abandoned. It lies about 30 minutes south of Hartford, the capital of the New England state.
The owner apparently listed the property as a ghost town right before Halloween, which is Friday, hoping to draw more bidders.
Developed in 1842 as a mill town, the 25-hectare property includes houses, a chapel, city hall and general store. Some of the buildings were moved there from other locations in a failed attempt to turn it into a tourist attraction in recent decades.
In its better days, the town produced twine for use in fishnets. Since the death of the previous owners in 1998, the village has been completely uninhabited, ABC reported. A real estate company bought the property in 2001, according to reports.