- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Reclaimed by nature, the ruins of Doodletown, New York are remnants of a town consumed by a state park.
The community grew as a crossroads for soldiers in the Revolutionary War, and reached its populace height in the 1920s with around 70 homes, a school, and several small businesses. It was during this time that the park commission which owned the surrounding land began purchasing up all available plots in Doodletown, in the hopes that the entire area could be turned into park land.
By 1965, anyone living in the town who had not already sold their land had it taken from them under eminent domain. Once the park owned all of the land, the remaining houses were demolished and scenic trails were forged.
Hikers on the official Doodletown trail in Bear Mountain State Park can still see the remnants of the town here and there in the form of crumbled staircases and outlines of former homes.