When I think of a ghost town, I think of a an old western movie. I think of an eerie front street with dilapidated buildings and dust circling in the wind. This town that I think of would be off of some desolate highway, I suppose. The kind of town you leave as quickly as you enter. But I had never been to a real ghost town before until last weekend. This imagery that I had was birthed from media. My little trip to Dudleytown, Connecticut painted an entirely new scene for me of what a ghost town looks like.
By 1900, Dudleytown had totally evacuated itself. A curse had been placed on the Dudley family who founded the town after their migration from England. Curse related or not; the families in the town started to die. Their deaths were all mysterious and eventually the town could no longer survive. The dark forest of the mountains has been growing over the remains of the town for the last century. A private company owns the land, so going there is technically illegal since it is trespassing. This, as you can imagine, has added much mystery to the town and it has also kept it off limits enough so that it can continue to wildly cover itself.
I crossed my fingers that Dudleytown would be worth the $75 fine in the case of being ticketed or arrested for trespassing. Luckily, I escaped from the experience with out any legal ramifications. The paths that lead to the once center of Dudleytown are more like large slates of rock, placed conveniently together. I didn’t see a ghost or feel evil spirits. However, I’m eternally open to possibilities and it doesn’t surprise me that so many people have pinned this place as one that is haunted. It IS, in fact, eerily quiet once you’ve made your way down the paths. I’d die of a nervous break down were I to ever find myself in this place at night.
The tricky part of Dudleytown is literally finding it. But if you follow THIS map, you should be fine. It’s not an incredibly exciting place, but it is creepy. And who knows how real all of the warnings of overactive police in the area really are. I didn’t even see one cop car there during my adventure. If you’re looking for an interesting place to visit in Connecticut-I would recommend exploring Dudleytown. There are over 700 acres of it, which, to be frank, is a lot of room for ghosts to hang out.