I'm truly obsessed with Candlewood Lake, so I've been digging a little deeper into the history. What I've found just might surprise you.

The Candlewood Lake Chronicles will be more of an in-depth look at this man-made body of water, which was built between 1926 and 1928.

The first digital exploration will be Vaughn's Neck, which is located smack dab in the middle of the northern part of the lake, and separates the New Fairfield/Sherman side from the Brookfield/New Milford side.

According to the Candlewood Lake Authority, Vaughn's Neck is a 709-acre contiguous forest that consists of two adjacent properties, Great Mountain, which is 245 acres, and Vaughn's Neck, which is 464 acres. Before I discovered that this large parcel of land was the only huge block of undeveloped natural forest land adjacent to the lake, I turned into kind of a "sneaky camera guy on a pontoon". As I slowly cruised by these properties, snapping photos, I was a little creeped out by signs of civilization along Vaughn's Neck, keeping in mind that there is no electricity or running water.

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Ethan's Photos

As I continued to explore these parcels of civilization, I noticed huge canisters of propane. I looked for road access, which I discovered couldn't possibly be. In fact, in some spots behind some of these camps, there were huge walls of rock. My God, was I in Deliverance country?! Look at that photo of a pontoon parked in the middle of nowhere! That's when I began looking for the guy with the banjo!

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After Googling the crap out of Vaughn's Neck, I found out that these remote sections of this natural forest land are only accessible by boat.

Question: If it's a natural, undeveloped forest, how is it possible that certain individuals have gained access to develop certain sections of this forest? Like this cabin, for example, which is renting for $100 per day.

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Or how about this house with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and 384 square feet with no electricity and no water, which sold for $142,500 in November of 2013. The house is only accessible from the lake.

Ethan's Photos - Small House on Vaughn's Neck

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