Tuesday, July 12, 2005

A Trip to Dudleytown!

Below is a post from July 1999 on a trip to Dudleytown, CT. Enjoy!

Dudleytown (located in Cornwall, Connecticut), while deemed haunted, as well as cursed, remains to this day a place of fascination for those that dare to be scared!
There are differing legends as to how Dudleytown became a virtual “ghost town”, as well as continuing controversy over which stories are true, the fact remains, Dudleytown captures our imagination.

In the1700’s settlers began to build a small community in a place that would seem to defy colonial logic. What made them want to live on top of a rocky mountain with poor soil and nothing but dense forest? One can only speculate, however impossible it must have been to clear the land, something drove them on. Imagine there high hopes and hard work crumbling around them as they realized their crops wouldn’t grow, their live stock kept disappearing and the plague and consumption was spreading among them. Did this slowly drive some to madness?

There was talk of Demons, strange hoofed creatures and missing children. Was General Swift’s wife struck by lighting because the curse befell her too? Why would one God fearing woman decide to hang herself and many years later another wife kill herself too? How did a town last for over 100 years and then simply cease to exist?

The ancient legends and their origins remain a mystery but I can assure you that the Legend of Dudleytown lives on!

Whether you call it a curse or just plain bad luck, Dudleytown and its dark remnants are affecting those that dare to seek it out. In our own time there have been stories of visitors experiencing strange phenomena, hearing un-earthly sounds, capturing spirit photography and worst of all bringing home their own dose of the curse.

On July 11, 1999, The Seeker team traveled to Dudleytown to investigate the site and document our own findings. With cameras and a VHS recorder we found our way to Dark Entry Road (now called Bald Mountain Road) at 11:30 a.m. The weather was beautiful, clear and unseasonably cool. Rumors had it that we would experience either an eerie quiet or incessant owl screeching. We found Dudleytown to have all the appropriate sounds one would find on a hike through the Connecticut hills. There was no shortage of stone walls and we were quick to find our first root cellar.

Overgrown with new growth trees and hidden by years of leaf compost, a little searching and we managed to find the foundations of several houses as well as two school houses, bridges a dam and a possible mill foundation. The amount and size of the stones used to shore up the cliffs on the old fire road were impressive; a good example of that Ol’ Yankee ingenuity. One legend we now know to be right on the money is the Darkness! High noon on a clear sunny day and in some areas we needed flash on our cameras!

There were no hoofed creatures that we could see but there is an air of sadness there you won’t find on an average hike through the woods. Perhaps its looking at the emptiness and the sign of hard work gone to waste. Looking at the stone walls and imagining the farms they once contained you could almost see the sheep grazing. Or standing in the foundation of a school house hearing the children scratching out their lessons on the local slate. Its not such a hard stretch to imagine that the dedicated country folk that were so determined to see their dreams produce, would stay on, after parting their worldly existence. After all, this town existed against all odds and must have taken a rare amount of courage and endurance to create a life in Dudleytown.

The Seeker team spent four hours trudging around Dudleytown but it wasn’t until we left that the bad luck hit! At the intersection of Cemetery Hill Road, a local truck driver crashed into our car! As our driver slammed on his brakes, we noticed the driver coming at us as if we were invisible! There was nothing we could do but brace ourselves and hope for the best.
After waiting over an hour for a State trooper to come and investigate the crash, the truck driver admitted that he never even saw us! He was issued a ticket and as no one was hurt and the car was still driveable, we headed for home. On our way a dog running up the road seemed not to see us either and almost got hit! Coincidence or Curse? We’ll let you decide!


No Parking after DARK!! Entrance to Dudleytown.

Strange mist on left hand side.

Three very dense anomalies. Does it look like smoke to you? (I don't think so)

View from Dudleytown path.

Seeker investigator says "I am Durga the Demon slayer!" Guess they didn't like that!

In this unusually dry Summer, the falls are nothing more than a trickle.

The mill is long gone but the dam remembers!

Shaggy the skeptic tapes the scene.

Bridge over troubled waters!

Retention wall Vs mountain road. The mountain is winning.

A few minutes out of Dudleytown and we're documenting our own CRASH scene! The guy leaning on the truck is the local who hit us.

Hey! It's not the "Mystery Van" But it gets us around. 173.000 miles without a dent, that is until now! Good thing the guy that hit us was going slow!

We have added links that will take you to other sites with information pertaining to Dudleytown.
If it’s the Oooogy Booogy stuff your interested in check these out….

Haunted Places
Paranormal Research Society

If it’s the modern day calamities associated with Dudleytown then bookmark our page as we will add updates as we receive them. If you decide to take your chances with a visit we’d be glad to tell your tale.

If the Dudleytown mystery doesn’t satisfy your craving for fear, then be sure to check out the up and coming horror movie The Blair Witch Project. This is a completely fictional movie, but the similarities to Dudleytown are uncanny. After seeing this movie you might just decide to cancel your next trip to Dudleytown. Or will you???????

WARNING: The Dark Entry Forest Association owns the property and is having anyone who trespasses arrested. I was told the fine is $75.00.

This association is shrouded in secrecy and will seemingly stop at nothing to keep people out of Dudleytown. However, try as they might, They weren’t able to stop an author (who was doing research for a book for National Geographic) from going there. He entered Dudleytown via the Mohawk trail. You can read about how they tried to stop him and his Dudleytown experience by clicking the following link. http://pages.cthome.net/rwinkler/dudleytown.htm

Check out this review By Casey Hailey, CPNet.com Staff
Another great review By Susan Wloszczyna at USA TODAY

Blair WitchProject




Actual Town, actual Legends Fictional Town, Fictional Legends
Dudleytown established 1700's

Edmond Dudley be-headed and he and his kin are cursed by Witchcraft... Dudley brothers Abiel and Barzillai bring their inherited curse to the Cornwall Connecticut mountainside.

Blair Township established 1700's

Elly Kedward the accused Witch is banished in the dead of winter and curses the entire town. Tied to a tree and left to the elements, she is presumed dead.

Town plagued by mysterious deaths and disappearances.

Thomas Dudley found hacked to death in Dudleytown; murderer never found.

Town plagued by mysterious deaths and disappearances.

8yr.old Robin Weaver is reported missing, her search party is found disemboweled; murderer is never found.

Children vanish residents fear curse

John Brophy's 2 sons disappear and his wife dies of unknown causes.

1901 Brophy lives in solitude as the local hermit. He would speak to know one, though when he did venture off the mountain the locals claimed to hear him mumbling tales of Demons with a crazed look in his eyes. Later Brophy's house burned to the ground, neither him or his remains were found.

Children vanish residents fear curse

7 children abducted and later found murdered by local hermit. Rustin Parr walks into a local market and tells the people there that he is "finally finished". Police find the seven missing children. He is quickly tried and hanged.

Deserted, the town becomes a proverbial "ghost town" reclaimed by the mountain and its thick forest, nothing but stone walls and foundations remain.Also deserted and reclaimed by the mountain, Blair lays silent and waits.
Years later new residents try their luck.

1930 Dr.William Clark builds a summer home and the curse awakens from its sleep. When returning from a business trip he finds his wife alone and laughing hysterically, she had gone completely Insane! They quickly moved away from Dudleytown.

Years later new residents try their luck.

1824 Blair becomes Burkitsville here too the curse rekindles and eleven witnesses testify to seeing a pale woman's hand reach up and pull 10 yr. old Eileen Treacle into the creek. Her body is never found.

1990's Seeker as well as other Paranormal organizations document their mysterious findings and keep the Legends alive.1990's Montgomery College Students set out to document their own findings and end up becoming part of the legend. They are never seen alive again.


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July 12, 2005 11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your research is very flawed, and you comment that the dark entry association is humiliating. They are not a "secret society", but a group of people many of the herkimeir family, whome reside on the road. The reason they don't want you snooping around there wood is because you are in their BACKYARDS!How whould you feel if you had strangers running around in your backyard, during a dinner party or while your TRYING to put your kids to sleep. Your infor mation that you found 2 school houses is false, because my bestfriend cabin is built where the first school house once stood, and we still use slates we found from time to time, to play pictionary. The settlers movede and left their town because it was not suitable for farming, thats the only reason. There weren't any monsters, or missing children, and the "real" legend was of the woman who killed herself, in the big house in the feild to the east of dudleytown. The woman was mentaly ill, and there is no haunting. Leave this people alone, they are just like you and I, and live there so they can have privacy, which you and your friend seem to feel the need to take away from them. You should be ashame of yourselves, and if you feel the need to research, please get your facts strait, dont just pull them out of your rear.

November 25, 2005 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The above comment was made by goodbread@spiralx.com, If you would like to know more, feel free to email me, but keep in mind, the people who live on bald mountain, are just like you and I, and are entitled to their privacy, please have respect for them and their property.

November 25, 2005 2:38 PM  
Blogger Seeker said...

A portion of the Mohawk trail crosses through Dudleytown. If they don't want people in their backyards fine, but they legally CANNOT stop people from using the Mohawk trail.

I understand that you want Dudleytown to recede back into the mists of time. I understand that the association would love to erase all shreds
of Dudleytown history, but they cannot.

November 25, 2005 5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dudleytown,hmmm where to start.

been there several times, yes you hear birds and animals. whoever says you dont is without a doubt deaf. i heard and ive seen many animals and birds, including rabbits,owls,squirrels,and deer. you do get an eerie feeling, but that mostly comes from knowing your breaking the law and the fact you have to keep the noise down.

we ran into other folks while there once or twice. one was a couple camping, they had been there 3 days, they had a few experiences. we heard a few strange noises, nothing on camera,video or digital. but not saying its not haunted, we just didnt experience anything with over 5 visits. hey maybe next time,hopefully.

November 07, 2007 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think seeker is right...you cant say its fake because you havent heard it, and maybe you went to the wrong place. dont put people down because you cant tap into your supernatural side

January 22, 2008 9:01 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

LOL i tried to get in there but was stopped by police.

February 24, 2008 9:43 PM  
Blogger steve said...

went to dudley town two days ago it was a cool hike nothing scary but the old lady at the gates yelling get out of the woods

June 18, 2008 7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



April 07, 2009 11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at Dudley town today 7/05/2009 and couldn't find it at all.... If there is any help out there to get me to were I need to go.....

September 05, 2009 8:51 PM  
Blogger Seeker said...

Hint: Follow the blue trail.

Happy Haunting!

January 08, 2010 12:12 AM  

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