Hardin County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township &  Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Blocktown

Washington Township

dates not listed

 

 40.746944 -83.6906031  on Locker Rd at the intersection of Co Rd 115

St. John's Lutheran Church at the GPS coordinates, old & abandoned houses in the area

  

38.9856244 -83.5796411  The town was founded in 1877 by German immigrants Charles Block (1841 - 1899) & Elizabeth Block (1843 - 1911) who had 5 children. They owned a saw mill, cider mill, general store, blacksmith shop, & employed local residents. Charles was also the postmaster & the town had a school & the church. The Block family moved out of the state & Blocktown ceased its existence around 1900. Charles & Elizabeth were buried with relatives in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Dunklin County, Missouri.  

Geneva

Blanchard Township

 40.782956 -83.641832  on Geneva St at the intersection of US 68

  no known remnants  

Geneva never made it past the proposal stage. When the Pennsylvania Railroad was built through the township, the future village site was moved north to the tracks. Dunkirk was platted there by Hugh Miller (1807 - 1890) & named by him after Dunkirk, New York.

Grange

Lynn Township

 40.629353 -83.682678   on Lynn Valley Pike at the intersection of Co Rd 115

old houses & farms in the area 

It had a grange hall, Lynn Valley Grange No. 581 & a school. Many residents were buried in Norman Cemetery on the west side of Co Rd 115 about 3 miles south of the GPS coordinates.

Hardy

exact location unknown

 

Marshs (Marshes)

Dudley Township

 40.558945 -83.441590   on Co Rd 245 at the railroad crossing between Co Rd 202 & Township Rd 230

  no known remnants 

It was on the Big Four Railroad & was listed in the 1901 Cram Atlas.

McDonald

McDonald Township

1852 - 1873

exact location unknown

The town was founded by a branch of the McDonald family in the county descended from William McDonald who the township was named after.

McGoldricks Town

Cessna Township

exact location unknown, was in Section 25

Its proprietor Thomas McGoldrick platted the town in 1833 but it never grew any & he moved away after a few years. 

Peru

Cessna & Pleasant Township

 40.717474 -83.653223   on Co Rd 135 at the intersection of Township Rd 80 (Hensel Rd) between Kaylor Rd

Cessna Cemetery on the north side of Township Rd 80 west of Co Rd 135 

Peru was platted with 90 lots & a public square in 1836 by Charles Cessna (1784 - 1864) who was born in Pennsylvania & arrived in the township later named after him with some family members around 1830. It had a store & a few houses but couldn't compete with Huntersville or Kenton at the time. Two lots were purchased by the Governor Of Rhode Island but he didn't move to Ohio or make any improvements on the land. Another two lots were purchased by a man from New York. He checked out the land, left because of the harsh wilderness it was back then, & never returned. Charles was buried with relatives in Cessna Cemetery. 

Saint Michaels

Goshen Township

 40.643108 -83.472328   on SR 309 at the intersection of Co Rd 265

  no known remnants  

It was platted in 1836 with 125 lots.

West Union

Washington Township

exact location unknown

 

Huntersville, OH - (1836 - present saw mill & farming town with less residents than in the past)

Classification: semi - ghost town

Location: Marion & Cessna Township, Hardin County - On SR 309 near the intersection of County Rd 75

Huntersville was laid out in 1836 by Thomas Hitchcock (1810 - 1897) & named after Jabez Hunter who was the first settler in the township. It had two stores, a blacksmith shop, church, saw mill, & a doctor. Up until 1882, Huntersville was the only village in Marion Township. It missed out on the railroad boom of the late 1800s though, which was the main reason for its decline in population as residents moved to more bustling towns. Huntersville lost its post office which ran from 1839 - 1875.

These days, the town just has a Baptist church, small park, & a few houses. Thomas Hitchcock moved to California in the mid 1800s with his wife Naomi (Cory) Hitchcock & their children, but his father Isaac Hitchcock (1790 - 1877) is buried in Huntersville Cemetery with many other early residents. From SR 309, turn north onto County Rd 75 & take the first right onto Township Rd 74.

Hardin & Hancock County - 1888 Ohio Map With Some Ghost Towns
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