This haunted New England town is closed to the public?

ATTENTION: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so, you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

Who doesn’t love a scary story about the mysterious and the unexplained?

Browsing through TikTok recently, this writer came across a video of @avery.afterdark about Dudleytown, Connecticut, also known as the “Village of the Damned” according to the Smithsonian Channel. The ghost town is apparently so haunted that it is permanently closed to the public.

Dudleytown is part of the City of Cornwall, according to Avery. Legend has it that the village was named after the Dudley family, who moved to the United States from England after a family member was beheaded for plotting against King Henry VIII.

Some believe the family unknowingly brought a curse with them to their new home, as a slight increase in mental illness, crop failures and unexplained disappearances occurred soon after the Dudleys arrived. By the early 1900s, Dudleytown was completely abandoned. The village owners would later close the area entirely to the public with little explanation, designating it instead as a nature reserve according to the Smithsonian Channel.

Today, those allowed into Dudleytown attest to its spooky and “otherworldly” nature, according to Avery’s video. It’s supposed to be completely silent, with one researcher comparing it to being in a recording studio booth. In the past, other visitors have complained that photos taken within the perimeters of the village do not develop properly afterwards. Famous paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren even visited Dudleytown, concluding that it was haunted and “controlled by something terrifying”.

Whatever the reason for the inexplicable creepiness of this place, it’s always interesting to learn more. That said, you will be prosecuted for trespassing if you enter without permission, so avoid Dudleytown if you ever find yourself in the area.

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