Clinton County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township &  Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description


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.  


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 it's heyday of the 1870's.


 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.


 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. The town 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 at Rt. 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 it's 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 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.

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 the village before the flood control project began. They are also buried in the cemetery. New Burlington is still a populated area but it's center has moved south a bit.

Sabina Ohio ghost town Clinton County history travel abandonedSabina, 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 & Warren County - 1888 Ohio Map With Some Ghost Towns
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