This Entire Town Is For Sale But Nobody Wants It – You Are Going To Cringe When You Find Out Why

If you are in the market to buy a village, this will be right up your alley. This 62 acre historic village went up for auction and guess what? Nobody wanted it! Nope, not a one. It has in fact had three different owners. So right about now you may be asking yourself….what is wrong with it? I asked the same thing.

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 Looking through the pictures nothing seems out of order.  It does have some chipped paint and a little wear and tear.  Considering its rich history, it looks quite good. 

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This town was booming. In 1862, Emory Johnson built the Triton Mill at the northern end of the village. 

Then in 1965, a gentlemen by the name of Raymond Schmitt, the owner of an aerospace equipment manufacturer, bought the Neptune Mill from the Johnson family. He put a lot into the town. He even purchased vintage buildings from other places and had them moved to Johnsonville, like the church pictured above. 

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 They hosted weddings and other events in the chapel.  Are you still wondering why nobody wants this town?  Schmitt also brought a steamboat to Johnsonville in 1966. It sat in the pond for more than 30 years. In 1994, Schmitt had a disagreement with local zoning officials and decided to shut down the attraction. He put the property up for sale. 

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 In 1998, Schmitt passed away. The estate sold off antiques and pieces of the property to pay debtors. 

Some say that Schmitt haunts the village.  That you can catch a glimpse of his shadow in the windows. 

There it is! Do you see it? Nope, me neither. 

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A hotel developer ended up purchasing the village in 2001. They had plans to use it for an upscale mixed-use development that had single family homes and townhouses. The plans however never came to fruition.

In October 2014, the place went up for auction and was sold for $1.9 million USD. Do you think that it is any coincidence that they decided to put the ghost town for sale in October? Maybe playing off the whole ghost town thing? I think so. And I like it! I guess somebody wanted it after all.

Source:

messynessychic.com



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