The abandoned North Concord Radar Station, Air Force base located high in the hills of East Haven, VT has always been an intriguing location. It is a relic of the Cold War era. The base became operational in 1956 and was renamed the Lyndonville AFS in 1962. This once highly guarded military installation was built in the 1950s to detect and track potential Soviet threats in the Northeast region of the United States.
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Despite its strategic importance during the height of the Cold War, the North Concord Radar Station was eventually abandoned and left to decay in the late 1980s. Since then, it has become a popular destination for urban explorers and curious visitors, intrigued by its haunting ruins and eerie atmosphere.
A Popular Destination for Urban Explorers
The site is now a popular destination for urban explorers, who are drawn to the site’s haunting ruins and eerie atmosphere. Exploring the site can be dangerous, as the buildings and structures are in a state of decay and could potentially collapse.
The town of East Haven grew in size around the area. In 1961, the station reported a UFO sighting that lasted 18 minutes and occurred just a few hours before the alleged UFO abduction of Barney and Betty Hill, in nearby New Hampshire.
The former base is located on a 17 acre parcel of land which could have literally been the top of a mountain peak, leveled to create the Station and it’s surrounding buildings. The base camp was located a few miles below on a 30 acres parcel.
Deaths at the Radar Base
In 1969, four years after the base was purchased by the late Ed Sawyer of East Burke, snowmobilers were using the property without permission when one of the snowmobilers hit a chain slung across the road and was decapitated.
About 23 years ago, someone roaming the property died in a fall from one of the buildings.
There have also been a number of shootings there. It’s as though the Cold War mentality that surrounded the base’s hurried construction continues to bring out the worst in people. “Something changes when you get up here” said Ed Sawyer, who was a former owner of the property that he purchased from the federal government in 1965 for $41,500.