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World's Eeriest Abandoned Places

Catskills, New York, abandoned places

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Flooded Towns of the Catskills, New York

Why It’s Eerie: From 1910 to 1928, two dozen farm villages were abandoned and flooded to create six new drinking reservoirs for New York City. The 8,300-acre Ashokan Reservoir alone submerged nine villages. Fortunately, the bodies from 32 cemeteries were relocated, but the churches, silos, barns, schools, and orchards are still visible during autumn’s low water levels.

How to Experience It: Since 9/11, direct access to the water is strictly limited, but you can glimpse sights from nearby bridges. Stay in one of Stony Creek Farm’s “plushrustic” farmhouse tents (from $245; sleeps six), complete with woodstoves for fall.


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