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There's a haunted town in America that's been entirely abandoned and is illegal to visit
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There's a haunted town in America that's been entirely abandoned and is illegal to visit

Even if you don't believe in the supernatural and fancy your chances, do you really want to risk it?

There's a town in the US which holds such a dark history it's illegal to visit.

People have been telling ghost stories about a town in Connecticut since the 1740s, but the question is, are they really just tales?

Either way, you're not allowed to visit the town to find out as it has been made illegal to even step one foot in it. And don't go getting any ideas to turn into an urban explorer, although, after reading this, you probably wouldn't even dare.

Dudleytown is located in Cornwall, Connecticut.

In the early 1740s, a group of people, many of who were of the Dudley family, settled in the area located in a portion of Cornwall, CT and named it Dudleytown.

It's located in a valley called the Dark Entry Forest - that says it all really, doesn't it?

Until the 19th century, it was used as a farm, however, many residents then left in search of an area with more fertile land.

Now, that might not sound like a recipe for a haunting, but what if I told you everyone in the town kept dropping dead like flies?

When one resident, Nathaniel Carter, moved to the town, six of his relatives became sick and died of cholera. The remaining family members left the town, only to be killed when they settled on new land in New York.

Another man, Gershon Hollister, was building a barn for his neighbor, William Tanner, when he died suddenly in Dudleytown. Then, Tanner himself is rumoured to have become obsessed with speaking about creatures coming out of the woods at night - a claim also echoed by his neighbour.

In 1804, a general named Herman Swift was living in the town when his wife, Sara Faye, and was struck by lightning while on their front porch and died. Grief-stricken, the general himself also passed away.

The town is closed to the public.

Over the years, more and more residents died, as well as more coming forward with stories about seeing creatures in the tree line surrounding the town.

By the time 1900 came around, almost all of the residents had either died or left, and the town became completely abandoned when the members of the last remaining family died or disappeared.

A few years later, Dr. William Clarke came across the town and wanted to use it for a second home. After taking a trip to New York in 1918, Clark returned to the house to find his wife in distress, claiming there were creatures in the woods.

Clark moved away from Dudleytown, though he helped create the 'Dark Entry Forest Association' to help preserve the remains of the habitat and the surrounding forest.

Today, only cellar holes and a few stone foundations remain in Dudleytown, and it's illegal to visit to prevent trespassers and vandals.

However, many people still attempt to make their way in, and have reportedly felt phantom hands touching them as they do.

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