A new, bright red and white listing sign is on display at Johnsonville. The listing company, Chozick Realty, Inc. has the following posted on their website about the property:
The Village of Johnsonville is an assemblage of 8 contiguous parces on 62 acres available for residential and or commercial development. The site offers diversity for development with permitted uses of single family, mutifamily to include market rate & affordable, senior housing, arts/entertainment centers, B&B, inn, restaurant/banquet facility and schools. $2,900,000
Johnsonville, located in the Moodus section of East Haddam, was once a thriving mill village and later a tourist resort. Sadly, it has sat empty since about the early 1990's when its owner, Raymond Schmitt, got into a dispute with local zoning officials and closed the resort, according to an earlier report on Patch. After he died in 1998, his heirs auctioned off all Schmitt’s holdings, including Johnsonville.
MJABC LLC, a hotel developer, bought the 64-acre property with its odd collection of 19th century buildings in 2008. Plans were filed for a mixed-use development on the site that included 133 upscale, single-family houses and townhouses. The plans also called for a health club, recreation center, meeting hall and post office.
The proposal, however fell apart, due to the "high-density" of the housing component.
In September of 2012, Johnsonville was featured on the National Geographic Channel show Abandoned in an episode titled “Connecticut’s Ghost Town.”
Johnsonville was most recently used as the setting for the filming of the Cuba Gooding Jr. movie “Something Whispered.”