New Burlington, OH - (1803 - 1971 abandoned after the Caesar Creek Lake flood control project)
Classification: ghost 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 at Rt. 380 & Roxanna New Burlington Rd.
New Burlington was 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 it's peak population around 400 residents in 1880. The town had a few churches, a post office that ran from 1837-1971, & the Columbus, Washington, & Cincinnati Railroad (Grasshopper) from 1878 - 1933. It also had several grocery & general stores over the years as well as everything else they needed at any given time like a shoe shop, tailor, tannery, blacksmith, saw mill, planning mill, school & two doctors at one point in the 1800's.
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's plenty of parking spots on the other side of the bridge & hiking trails that lead through where the town was.
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 of the town who wouldn't sell off their land. They are also buried in the cemetery.
Sabina, OH - (1830 - present tourist town that was never abandoned or destroyed)
Classification: historic town
Location: Richland Township, Clinton County - On Rt. 22 at the intersections of N. Howard St. & S. Howard St.
Sabina became a tourist stop 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 & finally laid to rest in the Sabina cemetery. There's also some other cool old sights to see around town but Sabina made our historical communities list because of Eugene's story.
Clinton County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources