Clermont County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township & Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Allisonia

Stonelick Township

 39.122752 -84.206434  on the south side of US 50 between Stonelick Creek & East Fork Of The Little Miami, no known remnants 

The town was founded by Revolutionary War veteran & first US Surgeon General, Dr. Richard Allison from New York (1757 - 1816) & Rebecca (Strong) West (1777 - 1828) from Connecticut. Richard was the first doctor in Cincinnati in 1789 & Rebecca was widely known as Cincinnati's most intellectual & beautiful woman. They were the first settlers in Owensville (Boston) which was platted on their land grant & also owned land & a cabin at the confluence of Stonelick Creek & the East Fork Of The Little Miami along with a grist & saw mill. Samuel Perin (1785 - 1865), who founded Perintown, arrived in 1805 & had Richard attend to a limb wound he received while traveling. In payment, Samuel updated the grist & saw mill & worked for the Allisons for a few years. The town was platted in 1815. Unfortunately Richard passed away the following year & it didn't grow much before getting abandoned. Rebecca remarried after Richard's death. They were buried in Wesleyan Cemetery on Colerain Ave in Cincinnati.

Angola (Baywood) (Concord)

Williamsburg  Township

  1854 - 1872          &       1863 - 1905

 

 39.021996 -84.0803081  on Bethel Concord Rd at the intersection of Todds Run Twin Bridges Rd, Concord Church & Cemetery on Twin Bridges Rd east of the gps coordinates

  

38.9856244 -83.5796411  Angola (1854 - 1872) was the original name of the post office at Concord. It was discontinued a couple of times & went with the name Baywood (1863 - 1905) when it wasn't called Angola. 

Beechwood (Beechwood Station)

Union Township

 39.156464 -84.273584  on Round Bottom Rd at the intersection of Beechwood Rd along the railroad tracks, Round Bottom Rd cemetery on the north side of the road about 1.5 miles southeast of the gps coordinates   

The town had a train station on the Norfolk & Western Railroad (formerly the Cincinnati & Eastern RR) & a one room school, Union Township No. 5, on the east side of Beechwood Rd. The train station land was donated by Henry Davis (1820 - ?) & Nancy (Malott) Davis (1823 - 1906). They were buried with relatives in Greenlawn Cemetery on US 50 in Milford. Some of the other local residents were buried in Round Bottom Rd Cemetery.

California (Afton)

Williamsburg Township

  1849 - 1865          &       1865 - 1912

 39.061127 -84.100947   on Half - Acre Rd at the intersection of Dixie Ln along Cabin Run, old houses & farms in the area 

California was the original name of Afton & it's post office from 1849 - 1865. It had a train station on the Cincinnati, Portsmouth, & Virginia Railroad (Norfolk & Western Railway).

Charleston

Goshen Township

 39.215924 -84.134201  on Woodville Pike at the intersection of Manilla Rd, old houses & farms in the area 

It was named in the mid 1840's by Charles Thacker (1809 - 1875) & Margaret Jane (Brunson) Thacker (1811 - 1863) who owned a general store purchased from William Vaughn. The town grew up around an abundance of natural springs & had a school & Methodist Episcopal church with about 50 members. George W. Boutell purchased the general store in 1848 & also ran a private post office out of it. The main industries were farming & barrel making (cooper shops). Charleston fell off the maps in the early 1900's. Charles & Margaret were buried with relatives in Goshen Cemetery on Spring St in Goshen. 

Clifton (southern quarter of New Richmond)

Ohio Township

 38.944344 -84.275848   on Old US 52 between Augusta St & Little Indian Creek, Greenmound Cemetery on Greenmound Rd

Clifton was a separate town that eventually got annexed into New Richmond as a plat addition. It appeared on maps in the 1891 & 1902 Clermont County atlases.

Cohoon (Cohoon Station) (Perintown)

Miami & Union Township

 39.136739 -84.238953  on Round Bottom Rd at the intersection of Binning Rd, former train station attendant's house at the road bend where the railroad tracks turn south, remnants of the first electric power plant in the county on the west side of Binning Rd  

Cahoon was the name of the train station at Perintown on the west side of the East Fork Of The Little Miami River along the Cincinnati, Portsmouth, & Virginia Railroad (Norfolk & Western Railway). It was named after the family of the landowner at the time, Olive A. Cahoon (1846 - 1914). The train station's name was changed to Perintown in the early 1900's. The power plant built in 1906 on Binning Rd provided electricity for the "Swing Line" traction cars that ran from Norwood to Hillsboro. 

East Liberty (Gernon) (Baldwin) (Baldwin Station)

1876 - 1908

Batavia & Union Township

 39.120855 -84.211888  on Binning Rd at the intersection of Baldwin Rd, old houses & farms in the area  

The town had a train station on the Norfolk & Western Railway & a grist & saw mill. The Gernon & Baldwin families were the most prominent in the area & the town took on their names at different times. The post office & train station were also called Baldwin. 

East Mount Carmel (Summerside)

Union Township

 39.104914 -84.288808  on Old St Rt 74 at the intersection of Summerside Rd, Summerside United Methodist Church at the intersection 

It was named by results of a contest & was listed in the 1870 Clermont County Atlas. As far as stores, shops, & public buildings go... if there wasn't something in East Mount Carmel it was surely somewhere in Mount Carmel. The area was never abandoned but lost it's name & status as a separate town. The old part of the church at the intersection was built in 1852 on land owned by Samuel Lane Jr. (1802 - 1868) & Elizabeth (Dial) Lane (1805 - 1865). The were buried with relatives in Olive Branch Cemetery on Olive Branch - Stonelick Rd.

Elk Lick

Tate Township

 39.007109 -84.138441  on Elklick Rd in East Fork State Park, Old Bethel Methodist Church & Cemetery at the gps coordinates, Bantam school on Williamsburg - Bantam Rd  southeast of the gps coordinates

Elk Lick was founded by Rev. John Collins (1769 - 1845) & Sarah (Blackman) Collins (1776 - 1863) from New Jersey & named after the natural salt licks in the area. John built a log cabin church in 1805. It was replaced with a frame church in 1818 & rebuilt in 1867. John & Sarah's son Richard (1796 - 1855) was a War Of 1812 veteran & a wealthy lawyer. He had a 37 room mansion constructed in Elk Lick. It was the nicest house in the county for several decades but fell into disrepair & was destroyed in 1972 along with many other buildings from the old town during the William Harsha (East Fork) Lake flood control project. Approximately half of the town was flooded by the lake. John, Sarah, & Richard were buried with relatives in the cemetery.

Elston

Miami Township

exact location unknown, was east of Milford

It was founded by a branch of the Elston family in the township.

Fair Oak  (Fair Oak Station)

Monroe Township

 38.993916 -84.174827  on Lindale - Mt Holly Rd at the intersection of Fair Oak Rd & Berry Rd, old houses & farms in the area 

The town had a train station on the Cincinnati, Georgetown, & Portsmouth Railroad that was on the west side of Lindale - Mt Holly Rd a little north of the gps coordinates. The tracks were sold for scrap in the late 1930's after the railroad went out of business.

Funston

1901 - 1904

Williamsburg Township

exact location unknown

It was listed in the 1903 ABC Pathfinder Shipping & Mailing Guide with Williamsburg having the closest train station.

Home

Pierce Township

 39.024855 -84.316827  on Old US Rt 52 at the intersection of 9 Mile Rd, no known remnants  

It was a small farming town with a blacksmith shop.

Hulicks

Batavia Township

 39.084526 -84.148379   on Bauer Rd at the intersection of Elmwood Rd & stretched west toward SR 132 & northeast up Bauer Rd, no known remnants  

The original proprietors were James Hulick Sr. (1787 - 1875) from New Jersey & Rebecca (Weaver) Hulick (1799 - 1875) from Virginia. They were married in Ohio in 1816, had 6 children, & a nice farm. James & Rebecca were buried with relatives in Union Cemetery on Cemetery Ln in Batavia. 

Maywood (Maywood Station)

Batavia Township

 39.065624 -84.110180  on Curliss Ln at the railroad track crossing between Batavia - Williamsburg Pike (Old St Rt 32) & SR 32, old houses & farms in the area  

Maywood was platted with 16 lots in 1877 by James Davidson (1837 - 1928) & Martha (Summers) Davidson (1837 - 1902). It had a train station on the Cincinnati Portsmouth, & Virginia Railroad (Norfolk & Western Railway), a school, & a few small businesses including a general store & blacksmith shop in the late 1800's to early 1900's. James & Martha were buried with relatives in Williamsburg Cemetery at the intersection of N 8th St & Gay St in Williamsburg.

Mount Moriah

Union Township

 39.067755 -84.291766  on Mount Moriah Dr between SR 125 & Commercial Blvd, Mount Moriah Methodist Church & Cemetery at the gps coordinates  

Squeezed between Tobasco & Withamsville, Mount Moriah never had much of a chance at staying a town on it's own but it did have a stop on the "Black Line" of interurban traction cars that ran along the current road in the early 1900's. Mount Moriah Church was built in 1842, expanded in 1869, & remodeled in 1879. The cemetery sits on the former Witham Farm purchased in 1800 by Rev. Maurice Witham (1749 - 1807) & Hannah (Bragdon) Witham (1750 - 1818), the founders of Withamsville. They were buried with relatives in the cemetery. 

Nice

1896 - 1905

Monroe Township

exact location unknown, was between New Richmond & Nicholsville

This small post office town was listed on the Ohio maps in the 1901 Cram Atlas & the 1905 Rand McNally Atlas.

Nineveh (Ninevah) (Pleasant Valley)

Pierce Township

 39.040044 -84.296406  on 9 Mile Rd between Bradbury Rd & Locust Corner Rd along Ninemile Creek, historical marker at the gps coordinates, old houses & farms in the area 

The town was founded in the late 1830's by George Floro. It had several general stores over the decades, 2 blacksmiths, a doctor, wagon shop, cooperage,  school, church, & a train station on the Cincinnati & Eastern Railway. The railroad went out of business in 1889 & the tracks were removed before 1900.

Olive Branch Station (Apple's Settlement)

Batavia & Union Township

 39.084157 -84.225529  on Old St Rt 74 at the intersection of Amelia - Olive Branch Rd, Olive Branch Cemetery on Olive Branch Cemetery Rd, Camp Allyn & historical marker north of the gps coordinates on the west side of Amelia - Olive Branch Rd 

About 80 years prior to the Cincinnati, Georgetown, & Portsmouth Railroad rolling through the area, it was settled by Revolutionary War veteran Andrew Apple (1745 - 1817) & Catherine (Palm) Apple (1747 - 1822) & called Apple's Settlement. The Apple's had 11 children & a massive 2100 acre farm. The town name changed to Olive Branch in 1845. Camp Allyn on Amelia - Olive Branch Rd was the location of the Clermont County fair from 1857 - 1863 & the grounds were used for training & mustering troops during the Civil War. Olive Branch had a train station built along the CG&P railroad in the late 1870's & a water pump station at Camp Allyn supplied electricity for the community & tracks as steam power was going obsolete. In the 1880's there were 2 churches, an Odd Fellows hall, several mechanic shops & dozens of houses in town. The train station closed in 1935. Andrew & Catherine Apple were buried with relatives in the old section of Olive Branch Cemetery which was originally on the family farm.

Pleasant Grove

Washington Township

1849 - 1860

 38.854078 -84.149397  on SR 756 at the intersection of Fruit Ridge Rd, no known remnants

This small farming & orchard town was listed on the 1857 Clermont County map.

Pointopolis (Point Pleasant)

Monroe Township

  1819 - 1826             &           1826 - 1883

 38.894046 -84.233138  on US 52 at the intersection of SR 232, Birthplace Of Ulysses S. Grant & Grant Memorial United Methodist Church on SR 232 north of the gps coordinates, several historical markers around town, Point Pleasant Cemetery on Point Pleasant Cemetery Rd north of the intersection, former one room school on SR 756 East   

Pointopolis was the original name of the Point Pleasant post office from 1819 - 1826. It was platted by Joseph Jackson (1774 - 1841) who later moved to Indiana. The town is most know for being the birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant, general of the Union troops during the Civil War & 18th president of the U.S. from 1869 - 1877. The cemetery & school are the only places you have to drive to. Everything else is in walking distance with parking somewhere in town. We recommend starting at Grant Park next to the Ohio River.

Simpkinsville (Ashdale)

Stonelick Township

 39.172397 -84.152062  on SR 131 at the intersection of Baas Rd, Simpkins Family Cemetery on private property behind 2100 State Rt 131 (ask permission before visiting) 

The proprietors were David Simpkins (1809 - 1889) & Lucinda (Robinson) Simpkins (1812 - 1879). David built a cooper shop in the late 1820's & the town had a couple of blacksmith shops & local schools in the mid to late 1800's. It currently goes by the name Ashdale. David & Lucinda were buried with relatives in Plainview Cemetery on the south side of SR 131 east of the gps coordinates. Some of their children & other relatives were buried in the Simpkins Family Cemetery.  

South Milford Station

Union Township & City Of Milford (formerly in Miami Township)

 39.154827 -84.288557  on Round Bottom Rd at the intersection of South Milford Rd, no known remnants  

It had a train station on the Norfolk & Western Railway & around a half dozen houses.

    Spann      (Ten Mile)

  1880 - 1883           &         1892 - 1905

Pierce Township

 39.009012 -84.259778  on SR 749 (10 Mile Rd) at the intersection of Cole Rd along Tenmile Creek & streched north up Cole Rd, former general store in the lot on the northwest side of the gps coordinates, historical marker north of the gps coordinates on the east side of Cole Rd, former school at the intersection of Cole Rd & Merwin 10 mile Rd, Ten Mile (Old Pierce Township) Cemetery on Bristol Rd, old houses & farms in the area 

Spann was originally called Ten Mile & was a & transportation hub for travelers with a public water well. A Baptist congregation formed in 1802 with a small stone church next to Ten mile Cemetery. Another church congregation formed in 1819 about 4 miles east to serve the growing local population & was dedicated as the Second Ten Mile Baptist Church. It grew so large that another town had to be established & so Lindale came into existence. A brick church was built there in 1853 & still stands today on SR 132 near the intersection of 10 Mile Rd. The general store was built in 1860 & managed by Marion Butler (1847 - 1918). Spann's first post office was called Peoples from 1880 - 1882 with Samuel H. Peoples (1820 - 1890) being it's postmaster. The name changed to Ten Mile & it was discontinued in 1883 but a new office named Spann opened in 1892. Pierce Township School No. 4 was also known as the Corner School & was in operation from the late 1800's to early 1900's.

Summit Station

Batavia Township

 39.076502 -84.140990  on Herold Rd at the intersection of Hospital Dr, old houses & farms in the area  

The town had a train station on the Cincinnati, Portsmouth, & Virginia Railroad (Norfolk & Western Railway) & a few houses but never grew to a size of much importance. The tracks in that area were removed & rerouted to the south.

Swings (Swings Station) (Swings Corner)

Tate Township

 38.967524 -84.116260   on Swings Corner Point Isabel Rd at the intersection of Crane Schoolhouse Rd, Swing Family Cemetery on the north side of SR 125 west of Bethel (above painted retaining wall), old houses & farms in the area 

The town was founded by the massive Swing Family in the township. It had a church, school, & a train station on the Cincinnati, Georgetown, & Portsmouth Railroad. Most of the family was buried in Swing Cemetery & some in the Old Settlers Burying Ground on SR 133 in Bethel.

Walkers Mills

Tate township

 38.946756 -84.055720  on Patterson Rd between Airport Rd & Sodom Rd, no known remnants 

It was founded by William T. Walker & had a train station on the Cincinnati, Georgetown, & Portsmouth Railroad.

 Wood And Mannings Station

Washington Township

 38.857124 -84.173895   on Turkey Foot Rd between SR 756 & Haul Rd along Little Indian Creek, Wood Cemetery at the gps coordinates 

It was the first town in southern Clermont County & was founded by John & David Wood & Elisha, Isaac, Nathan, & Richard Manning in 1795. They immediately built a stockade & double log cabin for their families to live in & the town to grow around. Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton, & Cornelius Washburn occasionally visited the cabin to rest & associate during their lengthy travels. Despite the importance of the settlement to the county & township, it didn't last into the mid 1800's as the families scattered around & made their marks in other areas & towns. The cemetery is one of the oldest in the county & a very impressive site to explore. 

Apple's Settlement Ohio ghost town Clermont County history travel abandonedApple's Settlement, OH (Olive Branch) - (1799 - present farming & railroad town)

Classification: small town

Location: Batavia Township, Clermont County - On Old State Rt. 74 at the intersection of Amelia - Olive Branch Rd.

Apple's Settlement was named after Andrew Apple (1745 - 1817) & his wife Catherine (Palm) Apple (1747 - 1822) who settled in the area in 1799 & had 11 children. Andrew was a Revolutionary War Veteran & acquired 2100 acres when he received an Ohio Land Grant for his service. He willed 150 acres of land to each of his & Catherine's children.

The town's name changed to Olive Branch when the post office was established there in 1845. The Clermont County Fair was held at the Olive Branch Fairgrounds from 1857 - 1863 & during the Civil War the land was converted to Camp Lucas & Camp Scott for training Union soldiers. When Olive Branch got a train station on the Cincinnati, Georgetown, & Portsmouth Railroad in 1876 Lake Allyn was built on the site of the old fairgrounds & training camps. It was used for the construction of a water pump station to supply electricity to the railroad when it was converted over from steam trains & to supply electricity the surrounding communities. Olive Branch also had a two story wood frame school that was at the southwest corner of Amelia - Olive Branch Rd. & Old State Rt. 74. It burnt down in a village fire in 1883.

Olive Branch was never incorporated. It lost it's post office in 1922 & then the train station in 1935. It's still a populated area but the old town is gone & the current residents are stretched out over longer roads. Several members of the Apple family are buried in Olive Branch Cemetery on Olive Branch Cemetery Rd. & there's a Clermont County Bicentennial Marker at the entrance to Lake Allyn about 1/2 mile south of the cemetery on Lake Allyn Rd. off of Amelia - Olive Branch Rd. The old water pump station is still on the north side of the Lake Allyn property & looks like an old fort since the lake was drained a few years ago.

Thanks to Clermont County historian Rick Crawford for providing some of the info on Lake Allyn! He helped the county place many of their bicentennial historical markers.

Blowville Ohio ghost town Clermont County history travel abandonedBlowville, OH - (1870 - present farming town partially abandoned & moved)

Classification: small town

Location: Jackson Township, Clermont County - On Jackson Pike where it meets State Rt. 133, back then they were called Williamsburg Rd. & Hartman Rd.

The town was named after a tornado passed through area. A blacksmith shop opened for business in 1870, followed by a store in 1874. The Blowville post office ran from 1881 - 1886, then again from 1899 - 1905. The Greenberry Memorial Masonic Temple (formerly The Greenberry Methodist Church) is still in use on St. Rt. 133 about a mile north of Blowville. A one room schoolhouse, Jackson Township School #8, used to be across the street. Most of the residents of Blowville moved a few miles to what was called East Blowville Heights. There's now newer residences in the area.

Chilo Ohio ghost town Clermont County history travel abandonedChilo, OH (Mechanicsburg) - (1816 - present Ohio River town destroyed by flood multiple times but always rebuilt)

Classification: small town

Location: Franklin Township, Clermont Couny - On U.S. 52 at the intersection of State Rt. 222

It was known as Mechanicsburg prior to 1816 when Robert Bagby Jr. (1770 - 1818) laid out Chilo with 349 lots including park & market space. Chilo was an important shipping port for steamboats in the mid 1800's & had two coal yards, several general stores, tobacco warehouses, a blacksmith, shoemaker, livery, & a hotel. The town was flooded & nearly totally destroyed in 1887, 1913, & 1937. The population was 63 in the 2010 census. There's a museum & park at 521 County Park Rd. Chilo, OH 45112. Chilo Cemetery is 1.5 miles north of town on Rt. 222.

Thanks to group member Tammy Altman for providing the info on Robert Bagby Jr.!

Elk Lick Ohio ghost town Clermont County history travel abandonedElk Lick, OH - (1802 - 1972 farming town destroyed during the Harsha (East Fork) Lake Project)

Classification: ghost town

Location: Tate Township, Clermont County - On Elklick Rd. in East Fork State Park

Elk Lick was settled in 1802 by Rev. John Collins (1769 - 1845) & his wife Sarah (Blackman) Collins (1776 - 1863), named after the abundance of natural salt licks in the area. John built a log cabin church in 1805 which was know as Collin's Chapel. A new one was built on the same spot in 1818 & was called the Bethel Methodist Church. It was re-built in 1867 & still stands today. John & Sarah's son Richard (1796 - 1855) was a War Of 1812 veteran & wealthy lawyer. He had a 37 room mansion built at Elk Lick which was destroyed in 1972 when construction of the William Harsha (East Fork) Lake began. Dr. Thomas Pinkham (1802 - 1884) also had a mansion built nearby. Along with John Collins, Dr. Pinkham attempted to get the county seat moved to Elk Lick as it was quickly becoming an affluent community. However, that never happened & Elk Lick was never incorporated.

John & Sarah Collins were buried in the Old Bethel Methodist Cemetery close to the church. Elk Lick had it's own school but it burnt down in an arson fire in 1931 & the site was flooded by East Fork Lake along with a good portion of the rest of the town. There's also the Bantam one room schoolhouse less than a mile away on Williamsburg - Bantam Rd though, which some of the residents of Elk Lick attended.

Lucy Run Ohio ghost town Clermont County history travel abandonedLucy Run, OH - (1806 - present farming town with no growth)

Classification: small town

Location: Batavia Township, Clermont County - On Lucy Run Cemetery Rd. off of State Rt. 132

Lucy Run was first settled by Charles Robinson (1763 - 1846) & his wife Asseneth (Martin) Robinson (1768 - 1835), who moved to Ohio from Maryland in 1806. Charles was a farmer & built a church in 1808 which was later moved to Amelia, OH & became the Methodist church there. Lucy Run also had a one room schoolhouse that sits next to the cemetery & is currently a private residence.

The area was named after Lucy Robinson who was either a daughter or niece of Charles & Asseneth. She was engaged to be married in 1806 or 07 with a local man who had met another woman. He showed up at the Robinson cabin one day & told Lucy the bad news that he couldn't marry her because he was in love with someone else. After he left, the distraught Lucy mounted a horse & rode after him in an attempt to change his mind, or maybe kick his ass, no one is certain about that. A bad storm was rolling through the area & Lucy fell off her horse into the swollen creek near her family's cabin & drowned.

The creek was later named Lucy Run & the road still bears the name to this day. Lucy can supposedly be seen at night running in a white gown from the creek to the cemetery or from the cemetery & across the creek to where the Robinson cabin was, looking for her estranged lover. It's one of the most infamous ghost stories in Clermont County. Lucy was buried in an unmarked grave in the Robinson family Plot in Lucy Run Cemetery on Lucy Run Cemetery Rd. The town never grew to be more than a hamlet & is currently considered to be part of Amelia.

Nicholsville Ohio Clermont County grocery store

Nicholsville, OH (1842 - present farming, orchard, & merchant town with little growth)

Classification: small town

Location: Monroe Township, Clermont County - On State Rt. 222 at the intersection of Bethel - New Richmond Rd.

The area was originally settled in 1825 by Joseph Dole (1766 - 1846) & his wife Rebecca (Smith) Dole (1771 - 1843). They received 100 acres of land from William Lytle. Later that same year, the Doles sold an acre to Daniel Fee (who opened up a general store & post office. In 1842 one of the Dole's sons, Elisha Smith Dole (1814 - 1845) who was running the family land & a hotel in nearby Laurel, set aside 6 acres to be divided up & sold for town lots. He named it Feetown after Daniel Fee who was still operating the post office at the time.

The following year Nathan B. Nichols bought Fee's general store & also took over the postmaster position. Other members of both the Fee & Nichols families owned stores in several other Clermont County towns in their early days. Nathan B. was a great grandson of Revolutionary War veteran Nathan Nichols Sr. (1748 - 1822) & Hannah (Hodgson) Nichols (1769 - 1853), the patriarch & matriarch of the Nichols line in the county. They bought 1,000 acres along the Little Miami River between Mt. Washington & Newtown in the first decade of the 1800's but were eventually run off by mosquitoes. They subsequently bought a comparable value of land in what would become the Nicholsville area where the family's next few generations greatly expanded.

In 1847 town proprietor Erin Cole renamed it Nicholsville after Nathan B. Nichols who was also a church clerk & notary public. Farming & orchards were the main source of income for residents but on top of the store in the mid 1800's the town also had a school, cabinet maker, wagon maker, tailor, saddler, doctor, wheelwright, & a blacksmith. There was two churches, one Baptist next to the cemetery & Spring Grove Methodist Chapel on Bethel - New Richmond Rd. which was across the street from the school. The Baptist church is gone but Spring Grove Chapel still stand on land that was once owned by the Roudebush family who had extensive orchards.

A Pentecostal church was later built north of town on SR 222 & is still in operation. A few members of the Nichols family were buried in the town cemetery at the intersection of SR 222 & Bethel - New Richmond Rd. but most, including Nathan B., were buried in the old Nichols farm family cemetery now on private property off of Carnes Rd. The current grocery store sits in the same spot as the former general stores dating back to the town's beginning.

Perintown Ohio ghost town Clermont County history travel abandonedPerintown, OH (Perins Mills) - (1830 - present mill town with little growth)

Classification: small town

Location: Miami Township, Clermont County - On U.S. 50 at the intersection of Roundbottom Rd.

In 1815 Samuel Perin (1785 - 1865) from Massachusetts & his wife Mary (Simpkins) Perin (1789 - 1851) settled in the area & had nine children. They were married in New York in 1804. Samuel was a veteran of the War Of 1812 & a Freemason. He built a saw mill & a grist mill in 1815 & a distillery in 1826. Samuel  was the Clermont County Commissioner from 1825 - 1830. Samuel & Mary prospered well as pioneers & accumulated 1500 acres of land in Miami & Union Township.

When the water was high in wet seasons Samuel would ferry boats loaded with pork, lard, & whiskey to New Orleans & bring back manufactured goods for sale at his stores in Perins Mills, Milford, & Fayetteville. Samuel sold the mills to the Cahoon family around 1850. The distillery caught fire & burnt down in 1853 & the grist mill suffered the same fate in 1862. Perins Mills post office opened up in 1830 with Darius Perin (1805 - 1889) , one of Samuel & Mary's sons, being the first postmaster.

The town's name changed from Perins Mills to Perintown in 1890 when the post office changed it's name. Perintown also had school & a train station on the Norfolk & Western Railroad in the late 1800's to early 1900's. It was on the other side of the Little Miami River & named Cahoon after the family of the landowner Olive A. Cohoon (1846 - 1914). The train station attendants house still stands close to the railroad tracks on Round Bottom Rd. Around the corner from there sits the remains of the first electric power plant in the county built in 1906 on Binning Rd. It served the "Swing Line" traction cars from Norwood to Hillsboro. Samuel & Mary Perin are buried with many of their family members in the Perintown United Methodist Church Cemetery at 1260 U.S. Highway 50 Milford, OH.

Point Pleasant Ohio ghost town Clermont County history travel abandonedPoint Pleasant, OH (1813 - present river town with less residents than in the past)

Classification: historic town

Location: Monroe Township, Clermont County - On U.S. 52 at the intersection of State Rt. 232

Point Pleasant was founded in 1813 by Joseph Jackson (1774 - 1841) who later moved to Indiana. The town is most know for being the birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant (1822 - 1885), the general of the Union troops in the Civil War & 18th president of the U.S. from 1869 - 1877.

His parents Jesse Grant (1794 - 1873) & Hannah (Simpson) Grant (1798 - 1883) rented their home in Point Pleasant for $2 a month. In the 1930's the house was moved from it's original location near the Ohio River because of concerns about the possibility of floods & took a river barge tour to several cities around the country. After that the house took a train ride to Columbus, OH where it was displayed at the Ohio State Fairgrounds before returning back to Point Pleasant in 1936 to the spot where it now sits. Grant's Birthplace Home is open for tours Wednesday - Saturday 9 a.m - noon & 1 - 5 p.m. April through October 31. Ohio Historical Marker # 5 - 13 is in the front yard of the house & tells it's story.

The Grant Memorial Church on State Rt. 232 was built in 1868 & towers over the other buildings in town. The Grant Memorial Bridge on U.S. 52 was built in 1927 & is highlighted by Ohio Historical Marker # 4 - 13. Besides all of the Grant locations, Point Pleasant also has an old one room schoolhouse that sits on State Rt. 756 East off of State Rt. 232. Point Pleasant Cemetery is on Point Pleasant Cemetery Rd. north of the church & is a pretty sight to see on top of a big hill. The post office ran from 1826 - 1983.

Spann Ohio ghost town Clermont County history travel abandonedSpann, OH (Ten Mile) -  (early 1800's - present farming & crossroads town)

Classification: ghost town

Location: Pirece Township, Clermont County - On State Rt. 749 (10 Mile Rd.) near the intersection of Cole Rd.

Spann was a small town along Ten Mile Creek that was a road transportation hub for early Clermont County residents & travelers who were passing through. The area was originally called Ten Mile & had a public water well. In 1802 The Ten Mile Baptist Church was formed with a small stone church that was built next to the Ten Mile Cemetery (Old Pierce Township Cemetery) at the end of Bristol Rd. off of 10 Mile Rd. (Rt. 749).

An additional church congregation was formed in 1819 about 4 miles to the east. It was dedicated as the Second Ten Mile Baptist Church. That church congregation grew so large though that the town of Lindale was formed just to the south of it. They built a large brick church in Lindale in 1853 which still stands on State Rt. 132 near the intersection of 10 Mile Rd. Later in 1876 the church changed it's name to Lindale Baptist Church. 

Samuel H. Peoples opened a post office in Spann in 1880. It's name changed to Ten Mile in 1882 & was discontinued in 1883 but a new office called Spann opened in 1892 & ran to 1905. The general store at the intersection of 10 Mile Rd & Cole Rd. around the corner from a Clermont County Bicentennial Marker for the town was built in 1860 & operated for several years by Marion Butler (1847 - 1918), who grew up in Ten Mile. He was buried in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery about a mile south of Lindale on State Rt. 132. Pierce Township School #4 (the Corner School) is a also a very cool sight to see. It's about a half mile north of the general store, at the intersection of Cole Rd. & Merwin - Ten Mile Rd. Several early settlers of the area are buried in the Ten Mile Cemetery on Bristol Rd. & The Lindale Cemetery next to the church on State Rt. 132. 

Stonelick Ohio ghost town Clermont County history travel abandonedStonelick, OH - (early 1800's - present farming & mill town with little growth)

Classification: small town

Location: Stonelick Township, Clermont County - On U.S. 50 at the intersection of Stonelick - Williams Corner Rd.

The area was settled in 1803 by Henry Allison (1739 - 1826) & his wife Hannah (Jackson) Allison (1756 - 1837). Henry was the brother of Dr. Richard Allison, first US Surgeon General & a Revolutionary War veteran that first settled the nearby town of Boston, now called Owensville. Henry built a mill on Stonelick Creek which was Clermont County's most powerful interior waterway. More families & mills followed so Stonelick Creek quickly grew to have the most mills in the county which mostly comprised of saw mills, grist mills, & whiskey distilleries.

In 1839 the first Catholic congregation in Clermont County was organized where St. Philomena church now stands on Balzhiser Rd. just off of Stonelick - Williams Corner Rd. The current church was built in 1905 on the same spot as the previous ones, a log cabin that burnt down & then a stone church. Stonelick also had few schools over the years, blacksmiths, & several cooperage shops for making barrels for whiskey storage & transportation. The post office ran from 1859 - 1900.

Stonelick Covered Bridge was built on Stonelick - Williams Corner Rd. in 1878 & is Clermont County's last remaining historic covered bridge. It crashed into Stonelick Creek on February 11, 2014 during efforts to restore it after being closed from traffic for several years. The bridge was rebuilt with much of the original wood & reopened on April 15, 2015 but it unfortunately isn't the exactly the same as it once was. Before it collapsed the bridge had a small storage room & a window near the North end. Otherwise it's nicely restored & good to see it in working condition again. Local urban legends surrounded the bridge in mystery for decades. A face or hanged person could supposedly be seen through the window at night & if you stopped, turned off your car & flashed or turned off your lights it reportedly wouldn't start back up for a while. There's no records or confirmation of anything unusual ever happening there though or any reasons for the bridge to be haunted.

There's also the St. Philomena Bridge on Stonelick - Williams Corner Rd. where it crosses Stonelick Creek to the corner of Balzhiser Rd. next to the church. It was built in 1904 by the Champion Bridge Co. & moved to that spot in 1950 when it replaced an old covered bridge. It hasn't been used since 2002 when a new modern bridge was built next to it. The last schoolhouse in town, built in 1898, still sits on U.S. Route 50 east of the Rt. 222 intersection.

Utopia Ohio ghost town Clermont County history travel abandonedUtopia, OH - (1844 - present Ohio River town destroyed by flood in 1847)

Classification: semi - ghost town

Location: Franklin Township, Clermont County - On U.S. 52 at the intersection of Bartlow Rd.

Utopia was settled in 1844 by Josiah Warren (1798 - 1874) who ran small businesses in the area & believed in the spiritualist teachings of French philosopher Charles Fourier. The community disbanded in 1846 but sprang back up in 1847. Henry Jernegan (1798 - 1880's) laid out the new town of Utopia for John Otis Wattles (1809 - 1859) & his wife Esther (Winery) Wattles (1819 - 1908), who had bought the land & sold off the plats individually to more spiritualists.

A 30 room main building, sometimes called the town hall, was moved to the bank of the Ohio River by the Wattles & the townspeople. It was washed away in 1847 during a flood just a few days later along with 150 of the 156 people who were attending a party. The foundation can be seen when the river is low & there is access to tunnels on private property near the Brown County border that lead to underground chambers where religious ceremonies were performed.

Utopia had a post office from 1885 - 1908. It also had at least one school, Pierce Township # 13, about a half mile west of town on the north side of U.S. 52 & probably a log cabin schoolhouse before that. Otis Wattles moved to Kansas with his wife & brother Augustus where they became friends with the notorious John Brown during the Cival War. Utopia wasn't inluded in the 2010 census & the current population is less than 100 residents.

Brown & Clermont County - 1888 Ohio Map With Some Ghost Towns

Clermont County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1857 - Clermont County Map

1870 - Clermont County Atlas

1891 - Clermont County Atlas

1902 - Clermont County Atlas

1880 - History Of Clermont County Ohio With Illustrations And Biographical Sketches

1913 - History Of Clermont And Brown Counties Ohio - Vol. 1

1913 - History Of Clermont And Brown Counties Ohio - Vol. 2

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