Connecticut’s ghost town was sold at auction today for $1.9 million, which is very little when you consider you are buying an entire 62 acre ghost town complete with a general store, churches, Victorian stable, a restaurant and more. The town is vacant of citizens, but the buildings, covered bridge, a waterfall and the Italian-type mansion that was the big estate home went with the sale as did everything else within Johnsonville’s borders, according to PIX 11 News. Considering some of the nation’s most expensive real estate is found in Connecticut, this $1.9 selling bid seems like an astronomical low price for this ghost town.
This ghost town is now owned by the highest bidder of the auction that ended at about 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30. The new owner has not been named as of yet, but the auction website said “SOLD” with the price flashing $1.9 million when the bidding ended and the final bid was accepted. Not only does the new owner have plenty of room to roam around in, but the ghost of Raymond Schmitt is believed to be haunting the grounds. He is a man who purchased the town in the 1960s and who made it into a picturesque location for weddings and events, reports CNSN News.
Schmitt imported many Victorian era buildings and had them reconstructed in the town. Movie studios rented the town and people rented the town for events. Schmitt was in the process of restoration of the town when he died in 1994. People say he loved this town so much that he never left and it is his ghost that rattles around Johnsonville.
Jim Kelly, the real estate agent who was handling the estate, said he didn’t put much stock in the ghostly spirit stories. That was until recently when a few things occurred to give him reason to ponder the idea of a ghost rambling around in Johnsonville.
A reporter fell off some stairs and twisted his knee while in the town and the caretaker stepped on a nail and injured his foot. Was this Schmitt’s ghost trying to sabotage the sale of the town? This did cross Kelly’s mind. The ghost didn’t scare everyone because someone just dropped $1.9 million to own the place. Besides what would a ghost town be like without a ghost!
There were three categories of people interested in the ghost town and who participated in the auction. The people looking to buy it as their own estate, the people looking to develop the land and the folks who wanted to use the land for entertainment purposes like making movies, according to CNN Money.
The two-day auction looked slow when it came to bids since the opening bid was $800,000, which was set by the auction house. The bids were accepted in $100,000 increments so it appeared only three bids were present until about an hour before the auction ended. The two day auction started on Oct. 28, with the opening bid of $800,000.
On Friday mid-morning the bid was only $1,100,000. It was within the last hour of the auction that the bid started inching up to the $1,900,000 final bid. There was a minimum reserve price for the town, which was not divulged to the public. But it sure looks like the $1.9 million either met or exceeded the minimum because the auction site is now marked as “Sold.”