Editor’s note: Check your local listings. The East Haddam episode is scheduled to be rebroadcast on Wed. Sept. 26.
The ‘ghost town’ of Johnsonville, in East Haddam CT, will be the subject of exploration on the National Geographic program, “Abandoned,” which airs at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. (Check your local listings to verify the air time of this show by your cable provider.)
According to the preview for the episode, the show’s host Jay Chaikin makes an offer to buy one of the buildings in the village, which was created by aerospace entrepreneur Raymond Schmitt in the 1960s in the Moodus section of East Haddam, and abandoned in the 1990s.
Gilead Chapel (1876) is one of the buildings moved to Johnsonville by Schmitt, from its original location in Waterford, CT.
The crew finds a bell manufactured by the same company that was hired to replace the cracked Liberty Bell (there also were attempts to repair the crack).
NatGeo video: Inside Gilead Chapel in the “ghost town” of Johnsonville, East Haddam CT
To see some photos from the episode, click here
For another video clip, click here .
Posted September 18, 2012, info on Liberty Bell updated Sept. 19
Related links:East Haddam ghost town to be profiled by Nat Geo, Aug. 26, 2012, East Haddam Today http://easthaddam.htnp.com/2012/08/26/east-haddam-ghost-town-to-be-profiled-by-nat-geo/
National Geographic “Abandoned” – Johnsonville episode info http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/abandoned/episodes/connecticut-ghost-town
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