Dudleytown Ghost Town is an abandoned village on the
outskirts of Cornwall, Connecticut. Its ruins draws ghost hunters in
hopes to find evidence of paranormal activity that allegedly
manifests here. Dudleytown Ghost Town was originally settled in 1740's by a
family of Thomas Griffis. He was followed by Gideon Dudley. Over
next several years the rest of the Dudley clan (Abiel, Barzillai,
Martin Dudley) moved here by 1753. They gave the village its name.
Most of residents of the village tried their hand in farming, but it
is unlikely that any of the citizens of Dudleytown had any
experience in this trade. The location for the settlement was not
chosen very wisely. It was located on the high ground away from
fresh sources of water.
Additionally some historians suggested that the local
water source might have been contaminated by heavy metals like lead
or mercury. This conclusion was inspired by strange symptoms that
were found in several residents of people who lived here. Historical
documents claim that several seemingly normal people went insane
with strange twitches and behaviour. In fact Dudleytown gained
notoriety of a mysterious and cursed land while it was still
inhabited. Some locals even blamed Dudley family for cursing their
Some locals claim that Dudley family are direct
descendants of Edmund Dudley. This British nobleman served as
Speaker of the House of Commons and President of the King's Council.
However after the death of Henry VII in 1509, new British monarch
Henry VIII changed the fate of aristocrat. Edmund Dudley was accused
of treason and attempt to overthrow Tudor dynasty. Dudley tried to
save his life by writing an essay in support of monarchy known as
The Tree of Commonwealth. It didn't work out and he was decapitated
in 1510. Some believed that Dudley family was cursed ever since.
The alleged curse followed Edmund's great- grandson William Dudley
that moved to United States in 1630.
The so- called Dudley cursed was blamed on cholera
epidemic in 1774 that swept through the area and killing many of the
town's residents. Dudley's neighbours, the Carter family lost six
members in a short period of time. About the same time Abiel (Abviel)
Dudley went mad. He was the oldest of the four founding brothers and
his symptoms began after his encounter with terrifying green
creatures in the forest. We don't know what was the exact diagnosis
of this strange condition, but we do know that he was diagnosed with
a mental disorder.
The story got stranger just few years later. It
occurred in 1792. One of respected residents of Dudleytown, William
Tanner invited his friend and neighbour Gershon Hollister. For
unknown reason Tanner assaulted his friend and brutally killed him.
The only thing that saved the murderer from a death penalty was his
strange rumbling about some demonic creatures that told him to do
it. Another tragedy hit the family of one of the most prominent
residents of Dudleytown., General Herman Swift. In 1804 his wife
Salah Gaye Swift was killed by a lighting and the old man went
insane. He was isolated from the community thereafter.
Dudleytown went into decline in the 19th century as
farmers starting to move West to gain better lands in the newly
acquired areas of United States. Crop failures and poor soil quality
hastened abandonment of the city. Additionally many of the farmers
reported weird animal disappearances that became quiet frequent. By
1880's Dudleytown was basically a ghost town. In 1892 a family of
John Brophy came here in hopes to find cheap land. Brophy was an
Irish immigrant and hoped to start a new life in United States.
Instead his sheep began to disappear under strange circumstances.
Brophy left the area after he found his wife dead from unknown
In the early 20th century
Dudleytown with surrounding lands were bought by Dark Entry Forest
Association. They planted abandoned farms and turned former
settlement into a forest. In 1930's it was acquired by New York's Skidreiverein Club for wealthy New Yorkers who came here to escape
the big city. About the same time a surgeon from New York Dorctor
William Clack attempted to settle in the area. In 1937 his wife went
insane and a "raging lunatic". Whether it was heavy metal poisoning,
medical mistake or a real curse we probably will never know.
Today it this land is private property and you would
need permission to access historic site. Unlike another ghost town
of Bara- Hack Dudleytown
is left in a bad condition. Its ruins are barely visible above
ground. Yet many people come here in hopes to see evidence of a
paranormal activity that is allegedly expresses itself here.