Ashtabula County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township & Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Anderson

Pierpont Township

 41.738943 -80.622298    on Stanhope - Kelloggsville Rd near the intersection with Shrambling Rd, no known remnants 

38.9856244 -83.5796411  The town was named after George S. Anderson (1857 - 1924), a well respected country physician & surgeon who owned a few parcels of land in the area. 

Barnes Corners

Trumbull Township

 41.678110 -80.910368    on Windsor - Mechanicsville Rd at the intersection of Riverdale Rd, Riverdale (Barnes) Cemetery in the woods on the south side of Riverdale Rd just a bit west of the GPS coordinates 

It was named after the local Barnes family. Some of them are buried in the cemetery.

Calm

Trumbull Township

1890 - 1903

 41.690332 -81.002581    on Barrett Rd at the intersection of Short Rd, old school across the border in Geauga County at the corner of Thompson Rd & Sidley Rd

Calm's edge just barely crossed into Ashtabula. The post office was in Thompson Township, Geauga County. The town's old schoolhouse is now a private residence.  

East Lakeville

Conneaut Township

 41.939650 -80.542532   on US 20, East Conneaut (East Lakeville), cemetery on Furnace Rd South of US 20

It's technically a ghost town but only on paper due to name changes & getting annexed into Conneaut. 

Fargo

Ashtabula Township

 41.871939 -80.766133  on Fargo Dr south off of US 20, Edgewood Cemetery on State Rd

The town was founded by Jason Fargo (1790 - 1861) & Clarissa (Harmon) Fargo (1801 - 1880). They had several children, ran a 156 acre farm, & Jason was the first town trustee. The area was later named East Village & is now part of the city of Ashtabula. Jason & Clarissa were buried in Edgewood Cemetery  with some of their children including Dan & Lucius who had a 570 acre farm.  

Hare

Kingsville Township

exact location   unknown

It was founded by the Hare family in the area.

Inland

exact location unknown

 

Iona

Windsor Township

1898 - 1903

 41.508579 -80.957202   on S Windsor Rd between Fletcher Rd & Mill Creek, no known remnants

Iona was a small farming & postal town.

Middlesex

1831 - 1847

exact location   unknown

 

Northway

Jefferson Township

1898 - 1899

exact location   unknown

 

Osbornville (same location as Phoenix)

Pierpont Township

1856 - 1860

 41.783699 -80.623501   on Stanhope - Kelloggsville Rd between Beckwith Rd & Bulah Rd, Graham Road Bridge in the Ashtabula County Metropark on Graham Rd

The town proprietor was an M. Osborn who built a grist mill, saw mill, general store, & ran the post office.

Padens Mills

Monroe Township

exact location unknown, the sawmill was built next to Bear Creek, no known remnants

The Paden Family were Quakers who also owned 400 acres with a sawmill along Paden Creek in Conneaut Township, Crawford County, PA.  

Phoenix (same location as Osbornville)

Pierpont Township

1862 - 1903

 41.783699 -80.623501   on Stanhope - Kelloggsville Rd between Beckwith Rd & Bulah Rd, Graham Road Bridge in the Ashtabula County Metropark on Graham Rd

Phoenix was a postal & shingle mill town. Graham Road Bridge was constructed with wood salvaged from a former bridge that crossed the west branch of the Ashtabula River & was badly damaged in the 1913 flood.

Sherman

Geneva & Saybrook Townships

 41.817462 -80.904346   on US 20    approximately halfway between Geneva & Saybrook, no known remnants

Sherman's status as a town didn't last long. It isn't on the 1874 or 1905 county atlases but can be found on the Ohio map in the 1901 Cram atlas. 

Steeles Corners

Cherry Valley Township

 41.606931 -80.648752   on US 6 at the intersection of Hayes Rd, no known remnants

The Steele family owned the section of land in the northwest corner of the intersection & operated businesses over several decades in the mid 1800's.

Watsons Corners

Colebrook Township

 41.557506 -80.790356   on Fee Rd at the intersection of W Windsor Rd, North Colebrook Cemetery south of GPS coordinates

The town was founded by Joseph Mitchell Watson (1822 - 1876) & Mary Jane (Courson) Watson (1821 - 1892). They had five children & moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania around 1870. Joseph & Mary Jane are buried in the cemetery. 

Harpersfield, OH - (1798 - present farming town with less residents than in the past)

Location: Harpersfield Township, Ashtabula County - On Harpersfield Rd. at the intersection of Ohio 307 (N River Rd.)

Classification: small town

In 1798 Revolutionary War veteran Col. Alexander Harper (1744 - 1798) & his wife Elizabeth (Bartholomew) Harper (1749 - 1833) settled on the banks of the Grand River & built a grist & saw mill. They moved there from Harpersfield, NY which was also named after the family. The Harpers are buried with some of their descendants in Harpersfield Cemetery at the corner of Ohio 307 (N River Rd.) & Harper Valley Ln. There's also several other Revolutionary War veterans & early families from the town buried there. Harpersfield had a post office from 1804 - 1837 & is still a populated area.

A covered bridge was built in 1868 spanning the Grand River. At 228 feet, it's the second longest covered bridge in Ohio & has a small metropark surrounding it. The bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places & highlighted by Ohio Historical Marker # 2 - 4 with some of it's history. Ashtabula County also has a covered bridge festival at the fairgrounds every year. 

Ohio ghost town Hartsgrove Ashtabula County history travel abandonedHartsgrove, OH - (1830 - present farming & merchant town with less residents than in the past)

Classification: small town

Location: Hartsgrove Township, Ashtabula County - At the intersection of U.S. 6 & Rt. 534

Hartsgrove is more of a historical community than a ghost town, but aside from the cars rolling by, being in the town square feels more like the early 1900's than early 2000's. The township is also called Hartsgrove but was originally Gladding Township. In 1806, John Gladding (1782 - 1853) & his wife Mary (Ritter) Gladding (1783 - 1853) came from Hartford, Connecticut & settled a farm next to what today is Rt. 534 between Hartsgrove & Windsor.  Their son Joseph Gladding (1809 - 1866) & his wife Thankful (Norris) Gladding (1798 - 1878) later settled a few miles north near Hartsgrove & had several children. Half of the township was a wedding gift to one of their descendants & sometime in the mid to late 1800's the township name was changed from Gladding to Hartsgrove.

The town of Hartsgrove was organized in 1830 with a general store, school, & a post office that ran from 1830 - 1905. Today the town square has a restored general store, the last one room schoolhouse, an old church, a U.S. Presidents museum at the Hartsgrove Emporium, & a nice small park in the middle of it all. It's a great place for a day trip with lots of things to do. John & Mary Gladding were buried in Windsor Township Cemetery about 5 miles south of Hartsgrove on Rt. 534. Joseph & Thankful Gladding were buried with several of their ancestors in Hartsgrove Center Cemetery (Hartsgrove Township Cemetery) off of Rt. 534 just north of the town.

Ashtabula & Lake County - 1888 Ohio Map With Some Ghost Towns

Ashtabula County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1856 Ashtabula County Map

1874 Ashatbula County Atlas

1905 Ashtabula County Atlas

 

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