If you want to own a little slice of American history, look no further than this Connecticut mill town. "Back in the day, the mills would create their own towns to house their employees to keep them safe and close by," Sherri Milkie of William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty says. And that's precisely why Johnsonville, Connecticut, was born in 1802.
The community thrived thanks to the Neptune Twine and Cord Mill, which made binding rope for fishing and used the Moodus River nearby as a power source. However, when the mill was struck by lightning and burned in 1972, everything changed and the town was left deserted.
Raymond Schmitt bought Johnsonville and tried to restore it to its former glory (even hosting a few weddings in the picturesque setting!), but sadly he died in 1998. A hotel management company snatched it up 10 years ago to turn it into a senior citizen community, but the poor economy stalled their plans, leaving it in its current state of decay.
Today, all 62 acres of land is for sale, including four Victorian homes, a school, a church, a post office and retail buildings (including a restaurant) for $1.9 million. But you should also know ghosts of mill workers and Schmitt walking his beloved dog have been spotted on the premises. Hey, if you're okay with a few surprise visitors from time to time, it's quite the steal.