[Not single-page] A trip to a mysterious, reclusive community in New York that's been derided by neighboring residents for decades:
"For most of its history, the residents of surrounding areas quietly judged the Oniontowners but left them alone up on the mountain. 'Most locals know there’s no point in going up there,' a state police investigator told me. But recently, the demographics of the region have been changing. New York City homebuyers have plowed through Westchester and Putnam into traditionally working-class Dutchess County, ever in pursuit of cheaper, more bucolic upstate idylls. And in the past few years, suburban youth have taken to venturing up to gawk at the supposedly inbred hillbillies who’ve been popularized by urban myth. In early 2008, a shaky video called 'Oniontown Adventures' appeared on YouTube. In it, three young jokers drive up a dirt road in an SUV at dusk, pretending like they’re reenacting a scene from Deliverance while commenting on the 'little inbred hick village.'"
PUBLISHED: Jan. 20, 2012
LENGTH: 24 minutes (6146 words)