The base was first commissioned in 1952 and called the East Haven Radar Station, costing the goverment 21 million dollars to build. Then when it opened later in 1956 it was called the North Concord Air Force Station and then 6 years later it was renamed the Lydonville Air Force Station. The base held 174 military personell and they had a mess hall, motor pool and barracks. They lived on the bottom on the mountain (the radar site was at the top of the mountain), in a small village with steal huts and they also had a bowling alley, theater and barber shop to keep them entertained. Living in Vermont was very hard living conditions, because of the snow. It was hard to get to the main radar buildings that were at the top of the mountain and sometimes people would get stuck there. In 1961, two years before closing, they had a 18 minute UFO sighting, and 3 hour later in a town nearby in New Hampshire, two people claimed to be abducted. Many books, articles and movies have been written about this sighting. The government approved to build some new buildings and a updated radar but then a year later, the site was ordered to close. The buildings and new technology was never finished and was just left there. It closed due to many expenses from the Radar station. In 1965 a new owner who had bought the land, regated some of the land when snowmobilers were still on the land and they were not aware and one got decapitated. In the late 80's a person fell from the buildings, also the owner had to shoot a trespasser when they became violent. The buildings fell apart from the the snow but also trespassers robbed and vandalized all the buildings.
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Some road are closed off, so I think you might have to park somewhere else and walk there through the woods.