Have you ever heard of a whole haunted town, not just a haunted house?
There's an intriguing place in Connecticut that falls into this unique category, but chances are you haven't heard of it. In fact, it's even illegal to set foot there.
The haunting of this town traces back to the early 1740s when a group of settlers, many of whom were part of the Dudley family, established a community in a region of Cornwall, CT, and named it Dudleytown.
Situated in a valley known as the Dark Entry Forest (quite an ominous name, don't you think?), Dudleytown was initially used as a farming area. However, in the 19th century, numerous residents left in search of more fertile lands.
Now, you might think that this alone wouldn't necessarily lead to a haunting. But what if I told you that the town seemed to have an unusual concentration of death?
When one resident, Nathaniel Carter, moved to Dudleytown, six of his relatives fell ill and tragically succumbed to cholera. The surviving family members left the town, only to meet a tragic fate on their new land in New York.
Another incident involved Gershon Hollister, who was constructing a barn for his neighbor, William Tanner. Unfortunately, Hollister died suddenly in Dudleytown. As for Tanner himself, rumors suggest that he became obsessed with tales of mysterious creatures emerging from the woods at night—a story also echoed by his neighbor.
In 1804, General Herman Swift, a prominent figure in the town, experienced a devastating loss. His wife, Sara Faye, was struck by lightning and tragically lost her life while they were sitting on their front porch. Consumed by grief, the general himself also passed away.
It seems Dudleytown has an eerie history filled with mysterious deaths and misfortune.
Over the years, the number of deaths in Dudleytown continued to rise, accompanied by an increasing number of accounts from residents who claimed to have witnessed strange creatures lurking within the treeline surrounding the town.
By the turn of the 20th century, the population dwindled as more residents either passed away or left, ultimately leading to the complete abandonment of the town when the last remaining family members met their demise or mysteriously disappeared.
Several years later, in 1918, Dr. William Clarke stumbled upon Dudleytown and saw potential in using it as a second home. However, after a trip to New York, Clarke returned to find his wife in distress, insisting that there were creatures dwelling in the nearby woods.
Disturbed by these events, Clarke decided to relocate from Dudleytown. However, he actively participated in establishing the "Dark Entry Forest Association" to preserve the remaining ruins of the town and the surrounding forest.
Today, only cellar holes and a few stone foundations serve as remnants of Dudleytown. The area is strictly off-limits to visitors to deter trespassing and vandalism.
Despite the restrictions, numerous individuals still attempt to gain access and have reported experiencing the sensation of phantom hands touching them as they venture into the forbidden territory.