New York’s ‘Off Limits’ Town! What’s the Story of This Secluded Place?
Stay away from Oniontown, New York.
Dutchess County New York is an area of 825 square miles of city and countryside, mostly countryside. One small portion of this area, named Oniontown, is off limits to you. This short half mile stretch of road will greet you with 'do not enter' and no trespassing signs yet some have ignored the warnings, and regretted it.
Is Ontiontown real? Have the stories of 'wild people' living in the woods become urban legend? From what I can tell, this 'town' does not have it's own police department and some say this mysterious place is lawless. It is said that the closest police department avoids this area themselves.
Atlasobscura suggests that those that do live in Oniontown might just want to be left alone. Rumors of inbred individuals or a colony of wild people living without traditional law and structure. For those that have made their way past the discouraging signs, there are stories of allegedly being chased, had rocks thrown at them and even some reports of beatings.
The legend of Oniontown dates back to the 1940's when a reporter visited the location and went on to write 3 articles about the bad conditions he saw there. The road was permanently closed in 2006.
In 2008 a YouTube video shot in Oniontown went viral. The original clip has been removed but it's impact prompted others to head there for their own experiences. One such video shows a group of people driving along Oniontown Road blaring their car horn. Then someone in a white vehicle began chasing them as the group narrowly escaped.
Google Street view does not have images from Oniontown Road. The picture above was captured from NY-22, looking over to the only visible home in that community. Only the people that live in Oniontown know the truth of what goes on down that dead end road. Everyone else should stay away.