Dudleytown is a big part of the culture around where I live. Surprisingly, although I assume there are other ATS members from my area, it's only been
mentioned once before on the site. Allow me to enlighten.
Enter, a small area of the Cornwall township. It lies within the current town of Cornwall, Connecticut. Founded by Thomas Griffiths, it was then
settled by the three Dudley brothers. Their ancestor was beheaded back in Britain for attempting to overthrow Henry XIII.
The Dudleys who would eventually settle in Dudleytown can trace their roots to William Dudley, who was born in Richmond, Surrey, England on September
11, 1608. His son, also named William, was born aboard a ship headed for America on June 8, 1639. William II’s son, Joseph, was born in Saybrook,
Connecticut on September 14, 1674.
Joseph Dudley of Saybrook had 12 children, three of which would eventually settle in Dudleytown: Gideon (born 1706), Abiel (born 1710), and Barzillai
(born 1725). (ghostvillage)
The ghostvillage resource has all the history, if you're interested. So, apparently there was an epidemic in 1774, killing a whole family. Another
family from Dudleytown was killed in New York and some members of that family were kidnapped to Canada. General Swift served under George Washington.
He lived in Cornwall, where his wife was struck by lightening in 1804. Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune lived there, and his wife committed
suicide and he lost his race for the presidency. A man named John Brophy may have set fire to his house after his wife died and his children
disappeared into the woods.
Now the town is completely deserted, except for possibly some supernatural occurrences. It's been said that there are no birds in the forest, but
other sources claim that this is a blatant lie. Apparently all that is left are some foundations and cool archaeological stuffs. And of course, "no
one knows" about what happened to the residents.
The stories go on and on. The words "curse" come up fairly often in Dudleytown stories. Regardless, that's not my point.
The land within the town of Cornwall that was once Dudleytown is called Dark Entry Forest. It is owned by the Dark Entry Forest association. They
claim to preserve it as a "nature preserve."
There are severe fines if you are caught going anywhere near Dudleytown. Many residents of Cornwall live near the entrance to the forest, and some of
them are known for calling the police if you even slow down on the street where the entrance is. Let's try to work this out, logically:
1. I can see why residents and police would want to keep people, especially teenagers but apparently also curious responsible adults from the forest.
Apparently, according to police, there have been instances of noise, litter, graffiti, drinking, etc at night in this area. They want to preserve the
nature preserve, as well as keep nearby residents happy.
2. The teenagers go there because they are curious about the mystery. If the land were turned into a park or archaeological/historical site that was
open to the public, there would be no mystery left.
3. Except for some owls, there is no reason why this specific natural area should be kept pristine. I am a firm believer that people should enjoy
nature, not be fined for trying to check it out.
4. There was a movie that was going to be made about Dudleytown, but it fell through.
No one has really explained anything about what is left in the town from a research standpoint, nor what happened in that town. I don't know about
curses, honestly. But I do know that something is weird about the rumors about that place. Nearby residents claim that nothing is weird, it's all
fine, pay no mind to the fact that people have been arrested for trespassing into some empty woods.
Is it government? Is it supernatural? I don't know, I'm asking what you think.
Essentially, no one knows about who has access to the Dark Entry Forest association. I'm pretty sure some birders have access. But why not let
everyone birdwatch there, then? Take the mystery out, and people will find it boring and stop vandalizing.
The other disturbing fact is that supposedly, some people have gone missing in the woods. That's a rumor, I have no idea if it's true or not. Either
way, it seems everyone wants to come here to see what's up. I don't know why there would be more supernatural activity here than anywhere else.
But I'm really just posting this for the following reasons:
1. There was no information on Dudleytown yet on ATS
2. I wanted to know what you thought
3. I was curious as to whether anyone was familiar with it.
[edit on 5/15/2009 by ravenshadow13]