Highland County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township &  Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Clear Creek (Clear Creek Settlement)

Liberty Township


 39.244133 -83.6052731  on US 62 at the intersection of Selph Rd, no known remnants


38.9856244 -83.5796411  It was one of the earliest villages in the county & had a church school, & blacksmith shop. The Evans family was the largest in the area & arrived with other pioneer settlers from Bourbon County, Kentucky in 1800.   


exact location unknown



Penn Township

 39.286168 -83.632763  on Fallsville Ln (Township Hwy 432) west off of Careytown Rd between Powell Rd & Roundhead Rd, Auburn Church & Cemetery north of Fallsville Ln on Careytown Rd, building foundations on a hiking trail south (left) at the end of Fallsville Ln 

John Timberlake built a stone house & grist mill in the early 1820's next to the waterfall on Clear Creek that the town was named after. Simon Clouser (1796 - 1881) & Elizabeth (Duckwall) Clouser (1797 - 1875) purchased the land in 1825 & moved into the stone house the following year. John platted Fallsville in 1848 with hopes of attracting a railroad but that never happened & he later moved out of the area. The town had 3 streets & around a dozen houses. Auburn Church was built in 1891 & the last official resident of Fallsville passed away in 1893 as it faded away into oblivion. Simon & Elizabeth were buried in Auburn Cemetery with their 3 daughters. There's newer residences in the area now & it's reportedly haunted by the ghost of a native girl who knocks on doors on Christmas Eve in an attempt to show someone where a local treasure is buried.


Brush Creek Township

1895 - 1905

 39.092012 -83.461026  on Sinking Spring Rd at the intersection of N Elmwood Rd along Middle Fork, Countryman Cemetery on the north side of Sinking Spring Rd west of the gps coordinates

The proprietor James Gall (1864 - 1942) was a teacher, farmer, & ran a general store & post office on the farm where he was born. James was buried with relatives in Marshall Cemetery at the intersection of SR 124 & Herbert Rd. The Countryman family also owned a lot of land in the area.


Brush Creek Township

1856 - 1867

exact location unknown



Salem Township

1893 - 1898

 39.167919 -83.836937  on SR 134 at the intersection of Murtland Rd along Little North Fork, no known remnants 

This small farming & postal town had a school.

Littleton (Luttleton)

1883 - 1903

 39.167291 -83.788882  on Dawson Rd at the intersection of N Ford Rd along North Fork, no known remnants 

It was another small farming & postal town with a school.

New Amsterdam

Paint Township (formerly in Paint Township, Ross County)

exact location unknown, was along the falls of Paint Creek

Jacob & Enoch Smith were brothers of Dutch descent who came to Ohio with a group of settlers from Virginia in 1796. They built a saw mill & grist mill at the falls on Paint Creek &  platted New Amsterdam in 1800 on land acquired from General Nathaniel Massie (1763 - 1813). The streets were mostly named after popular Revolutionary War veterans. Residential lots sold well in the town early on with cabins & some stores. The town didn't get any other big businesses to keep it going though disappeared after a few decades.

New Leesburg

exact location unknown



exact location unknown



Union Township

1852 - 1855

 39.255626 -83.75054   on Sharpsville Rd along Turtle Creek between Quarry Rd & Bald Knob Rd, no known remnants   

The town was founded by James Sharp (1799 - 1872) & Margaret (Cloud) Sharp (1801 - 1869) who were both born in Pennsylvania & met & married in Highland County. They had a few children & accumulated a 400 acre farm with funds raised by a saw mill & grist mill James constructed on Turtle Creek. The town lasted much longer than it's post office & had a Methodist church & school. It can be found in the 1871, 1887, & 1916 Highland County Atlases. Daniel Sharp (1837 - 1907) operated a quarry on the old family land & was buried with relatives in New Lynchburg Masonic Cemetery on SR 134. His parents James & Margaret were buried with relatives in Mount Olive Cemetery on Mad River Rd.  


Clay   Township

1848 - 1895

 39.028399 -83.863539  on Sicily Rd at the intersection of Ellis Rd, Huggins (Huggens) Cemetery on private property the east side of Sicily Rd west of the gps coordinates  

Sicily was founded in the 1830's & platted in 1848 by John Huggins (1810 - 1860) from North Carolina & Isabella (Hindman) Huggins (1813 - 1899) who had a few children & large farm. A few town lots sold & it had a school & church congregation but no big businesses to create a population boom. John & Isabella were buried with relatives in Huggins Cemetery.


New Market Township

1894 - 1901

 39.116536 -83.671276   on SR 136 at the intersection of Point Liberty Rd, no known remnants  

It had a blacksmith shop & a school.

Barretts Mills Ohio Highland County ghost town history travelBarretts Mills, OH - (1806 - 1980 mill town, mill destroyed by an arson fire in 1980)

Classification: small town

Location: Paint Township, Highland County - On Barretts Mill Rd. near the intersection of Cave Rd.

In 1805 Jesse Baldwin (1759 - 1820) & Hannah (Thornbrough) Baldwin (1760 - 1820) were the first settlers of what would eventually become Barretts Mills, OH. Jesse built a saw & grist mill that also had carding & fulling capabilities that were finished in 1806. Dr. John Boyd, one of the first physicians in Highland County, purchased the land & improved the saw & grist mill in 1823. He also built a new wool mill next to the bank of Factory Branch Creek.

Barretts Mills also had a blacksmith, George M. Belleson who died in 1856 & was buried in the Boyd Cemetery in the woods near Cave Rd. George's son James C. Belleson was given the blacksmith work shortly before his fathers death. Dr. John Boyd later gave the mills to his son John Milton Boyd (1817 - 1913) who sold them to David Barrett ( b. 1829 - ? ) in 1858. David married Sally A. (Weyer) Barrett ( d. 1901) in 1855 & ended up being a captain in the Cival War.

A covered bridge was built in 1862 that spanned Factory Branch Creek from what is currently Barretts Mill Rd. to Cave Rd. Barretts Mill had a post office from 1885 - 1907. One of the buildings that Dr. Boyd built turned into a hospital for victims of the 1918 flu epidemic. Many people likely perished in that building & we believe there's a lot more people buried in the Boyd Cemetery than the 5 internments cited on findagrave.com. The house on Cave Rd. across from Barretts Mill is reportedly haunted too.

In the 1960's Jack Hope, a local property owner, purchased Barretts Mill & turned it into a tourist attraction. He also bought the nearby McCoppin Mill on the southeast side of Rocky Fork Lake in 1980. Unfortunately Barretts Mill & the covered bridge burnt down in an arson fire in 1980, but it's still an interesting place to visit with the mill foundation & bridge trestle intact.

Thanks to Rhonda L. Henson for the lead on Barretts & McCoppin Mills! 

Ohio ghost town Fallsville Highland County history travel

Fallsville, OH - (1848 - 1893 farming & mill town slowly abandoned over time)

Classification: ghost town

Location: Penn Township, Highland County - On hiking trails off of Careytown Rd.

Fallsville was founded by John Timberlake who built a stone house & a grist mill next to the impressive waterfall on Clear Creek. In 1825 Simon Clouser (1796 - 1881) & his wife Elizabeth (Duckwall) Clouser (1797 - 1875) purchased the land from Timberlake & moved into the house in 1826. Simon was a farmer & operated the grist mill for people that came from miles around because it was the only large corn grinder in the area. The Auburn Methodist Church congregation was formed with a log church in 1830.  

On April, 20 1848 John Timberlake officially platted the town of Fallsville & named it after the waterfall next to the mill which is now part of The Fallsville Wildlife Area. More residents moved into town & Fallsville grew to have 3 streets with 8 houses in town & a few more on the outskirts. The residents thought Fallsville would get a railroad built through it & become a large town but that never happened. A new Auburn Methodist Church was built in 1891 & still stands today. It was the last structure built in town. Fallsville's last resident was Andrew Payton who died in 1893.

There's also still several foundations in the area along with some other small structures & remnants. Simon & Elizabeth Clouser are buried with their 3 children at Auburn Church Cemetery on Careytown Rd. The waterfall & remnants of the town are off of Fallsville Lane, the gravel road south of Auburn Church. It's blocked off from traffic but there's a small parking lot at the front of the road.

To get to the waterfall, keep going straight onto the trail past where the gravel ends on Fallsivlle Lane. The waterfall is on the left side & there's a former rock quarry pond on the right. Building foundations & an old horse tank, the only one we've ever seen in a total ghost town, are on a trail to the left & heading south at the end of Fallsville Lane. Hunting goes on back there so wear bright colors, be extra safe, & as always, respectful of any other outdoor enthusiasts. The hunters we've met were all very nice & even gave us some info on where to look. It's a cool place to snap some nature photos too.

Fallsville also has a ghost story about a native girl who knocks on doors around town on Christmas Eve. She's said to be trying to tell local residents the location of a nearby buried gold treasure. The Clouser girls were always described as being very strange too, almost witch-like & some of the locals steered clear of them so to speak. 

McCoppin Mill Ohio ghost town Highland County history travelMcCoppin Mill, OH - (1830 - 1979 mill town abandoned over time)

Classification: semi - ghost town

Location: Marshall Township, Highland County - On McCoppin Mill Rd. near the southeast side of Rocky Fork Lake.

David Reece first settled there in 1829 & built a saw & grist mill on Rocky Fork Creek. The mill production started in 1831 & changed ownership several times over the next 150 years. In 1848 it was bought by Henry Stacy Foraker who had married David Reece's daughter. Thier son Joseph Benson Foraker (1846 - 1917) ended up being a U.S. Senator & a two time governor of Ohio. In 1895 the mill owners were C.M. Overman & Thomas Costello. Costello bought out Overman's share & changed the mills name to Lodores due to the fact that the poem "Cataract of Lodores" was posted at the mill.

Lodores had a post office from 1898 - 1903. Thomas Costello died in 1906 in a machine accident at the mill. His body was later found in Rocky Fork Creek. John Allen McCoppin (1847 - 1931) bought the mill later that same year & remodeled it. The mill opened back up in 1909 & changed ownership a few more times. Lynn A. Sydenstricker & his son John were the last operators. They stopped production in 1979.

The mill was bought by Jack Hope in 1980, the same year he bought the nearby Barretts Mill. McCoppin Mill currently sits of private property but can be seen from the bridge on McCoppin Mill Rd. The abandoned McCoppin Mill one room schoolhouse is down the road south of the mill.

Adams & Highland County - 1888 Ohio Map With Some Ghost Towns
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