Movie Filming in Johnsonville

Crews for Cuba Gooding Jr.'s latest film were recently in Johnsonville.


is the latest setting for the filming of the Cuba Gooding Jr., movie “Something Whispered.”

Local officials say the production company for the movie has been filming at Johnsonville for the last couple of weeks and are expected to wrap up work there in the first week of November. The movie, about a family seeking to flee slavery in the 1850s, has been filming at other Connecticut sites this summer and fall.

East Haddam Patch recently visited Johnsonville to try and find some of the movie crew but the village was empty. The only recent signs of life were a fresh coat of paint on one of the churches and a pair of Port-a-Potties set up next to one of the old buildings.

Johnsonville, a recreated 19th century village, is owned by a Florida-based investment and real estate firm that had sought a multi-use development on the 64-acre site but it was undone by local zoning snags. The village has sat unused since the early 1990s.

This isn’t the first time, however, that it’s been the locale for a film crew. In 1993 Billy Joel filmed his “River of Dreams” music video on the site.

show Abandoned filmed an episode at Johnsonville focusing on ghost towns.


James I. Murdoch October 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM
I drove by there the other day en route to Machimoodus and wondered about the activity. I hoped, and I realize now in vain, the 'Powers That Be' were finally seeing sense and taking some steps to protect that wonderful place from further dereliction and implosion.
Pinky Murphy October 23, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I remember how absolutely beautiful the village was at Christmas every year and how much Ray went out of his way to make it a wonderful family experience, hiding goodies all over for the kids, the horse and wagon rides, and the wonderful decorations he must have spent a fortune on each year. As a town we had a national treasure that we let slip through our fingers for PENNIES on the dollar when it sold. This would have complimented our other tourist attractions perfectly and truly made us a destination town in CT . Pinky Murphy
Pinky Murphy October 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Now they have SOLD the School House and all the things inside..as well as the bell ( valuable) of the church. They sold the ENTIRE building and interior furniture for $5,000 !!!!! Yes, u read that right. What genius made that decision ??? Pinky Murphy
Observor October 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM
"but it was undone by local zoning snags." Wrong. Killed by the State of Connecticut which refused to approve the septic system.
Pinky Murphy October 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM
I wish we could have fought harder as a town or put in some type of transfer station for the village. We could have had historical events, a learning experience for school children around the State and a special event business for weddings, rented out for filming ( how many victorion towns that were completely intact down to minute details are there still in the country) even used a building as a town office on site and freed up the very valuable commercial space they have out grown.
Jet October 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM
It is a reminder of happy days. The life style during that era was less complicated. You knew most every family in town, recognized them driving by. It was one car per family that was built to last. Teachers were respected and a call to parents was rare. Using the school bus was a privilege, in a town that is so widespread some buses made three trips. No one complained. Summer vacation meant swimming in the pond. There were quick baseball games in the backyard, three boys plus the paper boy on his afternoon route. All the kids carried their lunch to school and were thin. Sigh...........the light is on at my house but I'm not coming home............
Observor October 23, 2012 at 01:12 PM
"They sold the ENTIRE building and interior furniture for $5,000 !!!!! Yes, u read that right. What genius made that decision ???" Presumably the genius who has to pay the taxes on a non-productive asset.
Ilene Coman October 23, 2012 at 06:04 PM
It is a shame that the owners allowed the schoolhouse building to be removed and even in the Abandoned show on National Geographic, they said that they can refurbish the building and sell it for $25,000! That's what a valuable building it was...what a shame that it was allowed to be sold for a paltry $5,000!!!


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