Clinton County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township &  Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Cedarville

Richland Township

 39.244133 -83.6052731  exact location   unknown, was 50 miles southwest of Columbus   

38.9856244 -83.5796411  This small farming town had a Baptist church & was listed in the Ohio Gazetteer books from 1929 - 1841.  

Macedonia

Washington Township

1871 - 1872

 39.328999 -83.859235  on Macedonia Rd at the intersection of Hunter Rd

  no known remnants  

Madedonia was never platted. It had a church, school, blacksmith shop, & about 10 houses in its heyday of the 1870s.

Morgantown

 39.345310 -83.711797  on SR 73 between SR 729 & Levo Rd

Swingley Farm (Morgantown) Cemetery on the northeast of SR 73 behind the house between SR 729 & Levo Rd

Morgan Van Meter (Matre) (1765 - 1813) & Mary (Pierce) Van Meter were the first settlers in Clinton County & had 10 children. Morgan built a small tavern close to East Fork around 1800, the first opened between Chillicothe & Cincinnati. He was a surveyor & convinced local officials to run a newly proposed road (present day SR 73) through his land. Morgan then constructed a larger tavern & hotel along the road. He passed away in 1813 & is reportedly buried under SR 73 near where the tavern was. The town was later platted in 1816 by Isaac Pearson Jr. & Mary Van Meter but only had a few houses. Residents were buried in Swingley Farm (Morgantown) Cemetery.

Ogles

 39.540616 -83.831593  on Gano Rd between Hiney Rd & Bailey Rd

New Burlington -Oglesbee Cemetery on private property about 500 feet east of McKay Rd south of New Burlington Rd 

It was along the Dayton, Toledo, & Ironton Railroad on land owned by Reese Oglesbee (1820 - 1875) & Ann (Shambaugh) Oglesbee (1835 - 1916). They had a couple of children, a nice farm, & were buried with many relatives in New Burlington - Oglesbee Cemetery. The land the cemetery is on was owned by Reese's parents, John Oglesbee (1786 - 1840) & Sarah (Stump) Oglesbee (1791 - 1873), who were pioneers in the county & had 8 children.

Quinn's Mills

Wayne Township

1849 - 1852

39.440084 -83.615746   on Hornbeam Rd at the intersection of SR 729

no known remnants

The town was founded by David Quinn (1804 - 1867) who was a farmer, stock dealer, built a grist & saw mill, & was a representative in the state legislature from 1857 - 1858. It also had a school & church. David was buried with relatives in Sugar Grove Cemetery on W Truesdell St in Wilmington.

New Burlington Ohio ghost town Clinton Greene County history travel abandoned

New Burlington, OH - (1803 - 1971 partially abandoned during the Caesar Creek Lake flood control project)

Classification: small town

Location: Chester Township, Clinton County & Spring Valley Township, Greene County - In Caesar Creek State Park on a gravel road (the old main street) just north of the intersection of SR 380 & Roxanna New Burlington Rd

New Burlington is a farming & mill town first settled by Aaron Jenkins (1750 - 1807) who came from Tennessee in 1799. He donated land for the cemetery & was the first person buried there. New Burlington hit its peak population around 400 residents in 1880. The town had a few churches, a post office that ran from 1837-1971, & a train station on the Columbus, Washington, & Cincinnati Railroad (Grasshopper) from 1878 - 1933. It also had several grocery & general stores over the years as well, as everything else the town needed at any given time, including a shoe shop, tailor, tannery, blacksmith, saw mill, planning mill, school & two doctors in the late 1800s.

The last grocery store that existed was located across from where a small set of concrete steps still stand, about 10 feet from the right side of the old main street. The gravel road turns into a concrete road & the main street bridge is the next sight to see. There are plenty of parking spots on the other side.

Some barely visible foundations are in the area & occasionally other objects left behind can be found. During one of our expeditions, we came across a very old 7 ounce soda bottle made by the Star City Bottling Co. of Miamisburg, OH & a nickel hinge from an ice box in a decaying parking lot in the woods. Lawrence Mitchner (1886 - 1973) & Ethel (Compton) Mitchner (1894 - 1964) were the last remaining residents who wouldn't sell off their land in town before the flood control project began. They are also buried in the cemetery. New Burlington is still a populated area but its center has moved south a bit.

Sabina Ohio ghost town Clinton County history travel abandonedSabina, OH - (1830 - present farming & tourist town)

Classification: historic town

Location: Richland Township, Clinton County - On US 22 at the intersection of Howard St

Sabina became a tourist destination when an unknown man was found dead & put on display at a local funeral home. Over a million people visited between 1929 & 1964 but no one could identify him. He was named Eugene by the townspeople & was finally laid to rest in Sabina Cemetery. There are also many other cool old sights to see around town & on the outskirts, but Sabina mostly made our historical communities list because of Eugene's story.

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