Monday, March 20, 2006

dudleytown, connecticut



Dudleytown Road as it looks today


i came across this website and thought it quite interesting. some local lore......


Note from the Connecticut State Police: Those who go, or attempt to go to Dudleytown will be arrested for trespassing and/or parking. The fines start at $75.00 per person and rapidly increase.

In northwestern Connecticut within the town of Cornwall, in the shadow of three mountains, lies the remains of Dudleytown. The small hamlet holds accounts of ghostly tales, demons, unexplained events, and curses coupled with over 400 years of British and American history -- including ties to King Henry VIII, Horace Greeley, General Heman Swift, and General George Washington.Today, only the cellar holes and a few foundations remain. The roads have become forest trails that hikers and ghost hunters still traverse, regardless of warnings of evils spirits, and many claim the woods become strangely silent -- the birds and bugs that sing and call during a hike up to Dudleytown don’t follow into the hamlet.Dudleytown was founded by Thomas Griffis, who was the first to settle in the area, but it was three Dudley brothers who moved there a few years later for whom the land would be named. It was these brothers who also allegedly brought over a curse from England that has plagued the land ever since.The CurseAll Dudleys can trace their heritage back to a Saxon named Dudd, who was titled Duke of Mercia and died in 725 A.D. It was Dudd’s land that would eventually become the site of the Dudley castle.An old English word for land was “leigh,” so the area was called Dudd’s leigh. Many centuries later, when the taking of a surname became necessary, some people took a name based on their occupation (such as Smith or Baker) and others took their surname based on the land they came from, i.e., Dudley.The story and curse of Dudleytown actually begins in England in the year 1510. Edmund Dudley was beheaded for plotting to overthrow King Henry VIII. At the time of the beheading, a curse was allegedly placed on the Dudleys for their treason.The curse states all Dudleys from Edmund Dudley’s lineage would find themselves surrounded by horrors. Edmund Dudley’s son, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, followed in his father’s footsteps and also tried to overthrow the crown by marrying his son, Guilford Dudley, to Lady Jane Grey (the original “queen for a day”)..........

if you click on the story link (which is the title of the post) you will see the pictures is NOT mine. it comes directly from the site

7 comments:

Anita said...

Happy Spring !!

CGG said...

Your photos really should be in a book. They are always so beautiful.

a rose is a rose said...

happy spring to you too but it was WICKED cold out there today! windyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy


cgg thanks so much BUT i cannot take credit for that photo. it was on the dudleyville website. sorry for misleading

Joel said...

I don't know why, but as I was reading your description, I wondered how much inspiration H. P. Lovecraft had taken from Dudleytown. His creepy, overgrown, forgotten New England towns sound a lot like that.

a rose is a rose said...

joel it does sound rather lovecraftish doesn't it?

i've never been but a friend has.

there is also a local legend about 'the leatherman'. perhaps i'll publish that one too

Anonymous said...

this is plagerzed at least STATE that this isnt urs.. ass

a rose is a rose said...

it is NOT plagerized (kettle kettle kettle as in you shouldn't be calling ME the ass). as you can clearly see i LINK TO THE SITE THE PICTURE CAME FROM. WHEN SOMEONE COMMENTED ON MY 'LOVELY PICTURES' A FEW COMMENTS ABOVE YOURS I ALSO MENTIONED THE PICTURE WAS NOT MINE, BUT CAME OFF OF THE WEBSITE

you're only correct in that i should be a bit more careful about crediting and i am. as a matter of fact a couple of weeks ago I DID A WHOLE POSTING ON THE SUBJECT and did a mass apology

KETTLE KETTLE KETTLE