Dudleytown, A haunted place in Connecticut by Barbara Edwards #Giveaway

Dudleytown doesn’t exist anymore, but stories of madness, suicide and horribleSnarlolgy Halloween Blog Hop Yellow 2 happenings keep it from fading into history. Hikers report a dead zone minus any animal activity. Similarly birds are absent except for the day-time hooting of owls.

Map featuring Dudleytown
Map featuring Dudleytown







Map featuring Dudleytown

Was Dudleytown haunted by something evil? Does the haunting continue even though the houses have fallen into the ground and little remains to mark the spot? I don’t know. According to some local historians, the town’s remains have witnessed madness, suicide, fatal accidents, natural disasters, and vanishings

A curse befalling residents from the mid-1700’s to the early-1800’s makes a scary story. The curse has been traced to an English nobleman, Edmund Dudley, ancestor of the Dudley brothers who settled the town. His head was chopped off for plotting against King Henry VII. A curse on Edmund followed his family to the New World.

One of the Dudley brothers went insane. Other strange incidents included a barn raising where a man fell to his death. Lightning struck and killed a Dudleytown woman on her porch. The curse destroyed a sheep-herder’s family. His wife died of tuberculosis, and his children disappeared. When his house burned down, he wandered into the woods, never to return.

Rev. Gary P. Dudley, a Texas resident and the author of The Legend of Dudleytown: Solving Legends through Genealogical and Historical Research (Heritage Books, 2001), traced the genealogy of his name, found no historical basis for Dudleytown’s cursed reputation or genealogical link to Edmund Dudley.

The final resident of Dudleytown was Dr. William Clarke, a New York City physician who built a vacation home in the early 1900s. The traditional story alleges that Mrs. Clarke was left alone overnight while her husband was summoned to an emergency in the city, and she descended into madness. Rev. Dudley says Mrs. Clarke committed suicide, but in New York, not in Dudleytown.

Before leaving, Dr. Clarke helped found Dark Entry Forest, Inc., an association of property owners that designated the area a nature preserve. As Dudleytown fell to ruin, the land reverted to forest.

Cornwall Covered Bridge, Cornwall, CT
Cornwall Covered Bridge, Cornwall, CT

Cornwall Covered Bridge, Cornwall, CT

The Cornwall Covered Bridge is nearby and worth a trip.

Anyone can follow directions in a guide to nature walks in Connecticut to the preserve’s main entrance at the end of Bald Mountain Road in Cornwall. The way is blocked by a locked gate and signs announcing “No Parking” and “No Trespassing.” Instead enter Dudleytown from the Mohawk Trail, a bit farther north. Dudleytown is about 1.5 miles from the trail’s entrance.

It’s obvious why Dudleytown’s neighbors don’t cotton to strangers.

The town’s legend attracted paranormal investigators, journalists, hikers, the occasional birder, curiosity-seekers, and just plain folk inclined toward the supernatural. Until in 1999, after the release of The Blair Witch Project (the hugely popular movie about haunted woods in Maryland), trespassers got out of hand.

The internet spread the legend far and wide.

The members of Dark Entry Forest, Inc placed Dudleytown off-limits after complaining of drinking parties, campfires, littering, disorderly conduct, and vandalism. A news release they issued stated in a single year, “law enforcement officers have been summoned 79 times”.

A sign in the Mohawk Trail parking lot warns hikers to keep out from October 25 to November 4. The trail crosses a corner of Dudleytown. The Connecticut Forest and Park Association closes this trail section for several days around Halloween.

I’ve personally hiked the fabled Litchfield Hills in their autumn colors.

A brook bubbling near Dudleytown
A brook bubbling near Dudleytown

A brook bubbling near Dudleytown

The Mohawk Trail follows Dark Entry Road, which climbs steeply past houses and towering tree before narrowing near Bonney Brook. In the forest, a broken stone wall crosses the brook. Once it was a dam—Witches’ Dam, some now call it. Nearby, a hollow moaning comes from a thin stream of water spouting into a rocky pool.

A half-mile beyond the brook is Dudleytown. The trail guide calls it “an abandoned community.” It is so quiet around the doomed settlement’s stone ruins that belief in a dead zone is brought to mind.

Visitors have experienced vortexes and cold spots in Dudleytown; others have seen spirits. A few are recorded on film although cameras and other battery-powered equipment are unreliable here. A few claim to have been chased, even slapped, by ghosts.

I can’t claim to know if the stories are true, but it does make me shiver.
First Posted on October 12, 2012 by Barbara Edwards

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Evil never dies; and for psychic Rainie Gamble who accepts a job to weed out evil artifacts, this could not be more true. When she arrives at the home of Thomas Broquette, her new boss, she isn’t sure what to expect. But the handsome and intriguing Thomas is only the tip of the paranormal activity she encounters while going through his library.
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20 thoughts on “Dudleytown, A haunted place in Connecticut by Barbara Edwards #Giveaway”

  1. I’m from Connecticut and I have been and Dudleytown numerous times .My first experience was when myself and three others went, we noticed almost immediately ther were no sounds. No birds, insects nothing. We went in at dusk and the further in we went we heard someone walking on the other side of the road, no one was there. Second time same people but my brother went. He desired to remove a stone from dudleytown after I worned him of the cruse. One week later he wrecked his car, lost his job, and his long time girlfriend. He bought the rock back the next week. On another trip I went to jump over the stream and my foot feel in , when I got it out it was dry. There’s a feeling of heaviness and death when you spend hours there as we did. You see strange light, hear talking, and such an emptiness . On our last trip we were lost deep in the woods for hours, finally came down off the mountain on the other side. There was a red farm house and the man was nice enough to give my friend a ride to the car while we waited. That was the last time I was in Dudleytown . That was 1978, I still remember like it yesterday every feeling I had when I was there. That place is like a void , nothing good there. But I will go back , I’m 59 now maybe things might look different.


  2. Great post, Barb. So is this the location where Blair Witch was filmed? Very interesting, especially about a DEAD ZONE – cool!


  3. Hi Auntie! I have tried to go to Dudleytown, however if parking on the road near the entrance, the neighbors are all to eager to call the police! Next time I will have to try the Mohawk Trail way 🙂 Thanks for the info!!!


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