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National Geographic Program to Feature Johnsonville

On September 19, the network will feature this local attraction, which is near both East Hampton and Portland, on it show show "Abandoned."

Johnsonville will be featured in an episode titled “Connecticut’s Ghost Town” on the National Geographic Channel show Abandoned.

The show description, according to their website, states that the Johnsonville episode is “an extraordinary opportunity to explore not just an abandoned building, but an entire town…Jay, Dan and Mark expect to find well-preserved properties, but are shocked by excessive mold, mildew and disrepair. After struggling to negotiate fair prices, Jay decides to make an unprecedented offer to buy an entire schoolhouse.” 

described Johnsonville as a once “thriving mill village and later a tourist resort.” Johnsonville has sat empty since about the early 1990s when its owner, Raymond Schmitt, got into a dispute with local zoning officials and closed the resort.

After he died in 1998, his heirs auctioned off all Schmitt’s holdings, including Johnsonville.

Vintage photographs detailing Johnsonville before it fell into disrepair were provided to National Geographic by the . The village is a short drive away from East Hampton.

The episode will air on the National Geographic Channel on Wednesday, September 19 at 9:30 p.m. ET.

MegaMan August 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM
What a shame that this property has fallen victim to political dispute. I imagine that the economy would have been its death blow in the long run but to see it just sit and decay is too sad. Oh, the things my wife and I could do if we had endless wealth. This program will be a must see!
KMac August 27, 2012 at 12:20 PM
It goes to show just how closed minded and near sighted the local officials were during that time. I used to live there and the town really lost out on on an enormous revenue potential and it is sad to see just how run down and decrepit the buildings have become. Of note, Billy Joel filled a portion of his music video "Rver of Dreams" there in 1993. You can find it on YouTube.
KMac August 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM
*filmed
FearTheTruth August 27, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I thought that Is where the sausages were made?
kim kistler September 22, 2012 at 12:53 AM
How can I get intouch with caretaker or owner kimkistler@ Gmail.com ,please:.thank you

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