I admit it, and not just because it is close to Halloween: I love a good ghost story. A friend told me about a place that her best friend went and was so terrified he would never go again: it’s an abandoned settlement near Cornwall, Connecticut that has been rumored to be one of the most haunted places in America. The mythology is strong enough that there are quite a few articles (this is in the Washington Post)about it online. Books have been written, filmmakers tried to make a documentary, the google photos, predictably, have a lot of empty forest with ‘orbs’ that might or might not be ghosts. The If you want to read up more about the myths of the town, you can click here.
But there is very little evidence that any of the myths are actually true. One of the most detailed websites, The Legend of Dudleytown, helped to explain the legend and also debunked most of the stories about the cursed town and all the madness and chaos that happened there. Yet that did not stop people from traveling to where the site was, despite it being owned by a private entity known as Dark Forest Entry Association, who treat anyone accessing the forest as trespassers and one could get ticketed. Yet that apparently did not deter people from heading there.
There is something really interesting about the persistence of myths, legends, and how secrecy actually helped to perpetrate a story as nonsensical as the Dudleytown hauntings. The facts never did add up, but the association, comprised of families living in the area, who got tired of people going there ghost-hunting, trashing their private land and performing ‘satanic rituals’, is seen by others as trying to hide the truth. To be fair, having the street to Dudleytown named as “Dark Entry Road” probably doesn’t help.
Dudleytown is supposedly here. It could be fun project where a story can be seen as whether the situation of Dudleytown is still the same. Internet sources suggest there are patrols of police and residents who try to deter trespassers, as well as curious ghosthunters and hikers who still want to access the area. It could be fun to fly the drone over the area, and talk to all parties involved in this affair. I just did a quick twitter search and there are still a lot of talk about Dudleytown. I found this, so I am guessing the legend is still alive and well this Halloween, much to the annoyance of the Dark Forest Entry Association.