Holmes County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township & Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Baddow Pass

Richland Township

1892 - 1894

 40.494508 -82.147932   on Township Highway 14 along the Holmes County Trail between Baddow Pass Rd (County Highway 75) & Township Highway 32

no known remnants

38.9856244 -83.5796411  It was on the Cleveland, Akron, & Columbus Railway but didn't have a train station.


Mechanic Township

 40.453336 -81.901339   on SR 83 at the 4 way intersection with County Rd 150 & Co Hwy 19 along Doughty Creek

no known remnants

The proprietor was a T. Carpenter from the large family in the county.


Washington Township

 40.646194 -82.114741   on Township Highway 472 near the intersection of Township Highway 474

no known remnants

It was a small farming town with no other major industries.

DeWitt Ridge (Dewitts Ridge)

Richland Township

1861 - 1868

 40.521537 -82.145880   on SR 520 at the 3 way intersection with County Highway 75 & Township Highway 16,

Dewitts Ridge Cemetery near the GPS coordinates

The town proprietors were members of the Dewitt family who operated a general store, post office, & other small businesses. Some residents & Dewitt family members were buried in Christian Church Cemetery in Glenmont at the corner of Main St & Depot St (SR 520). Others were buried in Barnes Cemetery on an unmarked road east off of Township Highway 7 just north of Baddow Pass Rd. A few others were buried in Dewitts Ridge Cemetery, listed on findagrave.com with no directions. 


Mechanic Township

1890 - 1901

 40.507564 -81.888473   on County Highway 58 at the intersection of County Highway 580

no known remnants 

Grade didn't have any big businesses, but the post office a few small shops were enough to put it on maps back in the day.


Prairie Township

 40.607838 -81.917642   on Township Rd 346 at the former railroad crossing between SR 83 & Township Rd 559

no known remnants

Huston had a saw mill & a train station on the Cleveland, Akron, & Columbus Railway.


Washington Township

exact location unknown


Jones Corners

Richland Township

1861 - 1890

 40.476635 -82.128970   on County Highway 25 at the intersection of Township Highway 13 & County Highway 75

Union Grove Church & Cemetery east of the GPS coordinates on Township Highway 2 off of County Highway 25 

It was founded by William Jones (1787 - 1848) & Rebecca Jones (1786 - 1868). They had several children, accumulated a large farm, & donated land for a school. William & Rebecca were buried with relatives in the cemetery. 


Prairie Township

 40.629931 -81.923950   on Main St at the intersection of SR 83 on the west side of Holmesville

Lafayette is a ghost town due to a post office name change & expansion. It was platted in 1836 but there was already a post office with the same name in Ohio so it went with Holmesville in 1837. Lafayette ended up being overtaken by the growing eastern side  of town & was annexed into Holmesville in 1848. It continued to be the main business district until around 1870. 

Mount Union (Union Village) 

Mechanic Township

 40.453342 -81.901344   on SR 83 at the intersection with County Rd 150 & County Highway 19

no known remnants 

In the 1870s it had a small town plat on the east side of the GPS coordinates & a school in the northwestern lot of the intersection.

New Wheeling

Knox Township

 40.584611 -82.191286   on County Highway 23 along the Mohican River at the intersection with Township Highway 211

no known remnants



exact location unknown


Salt Creek

1854 - 1874

exact location unknown


Wardsville (Wards)

Clark Township (formerly German)

1828 - 1836

exact location unknown, was near the middle of the southern portion of the township with New Bedford across the border in Coshocton County

Wardsville was laid out in 1825 & lost a cross county battle for local business to New Bedford, which was quickly platted afterwards in Coshocton County as its rival.  


exact location unknown, was on the west side of Killbuck Creek

Wilmington was platted with 61 lots in 1815 as the first village in the county. The spot had been chosen in anticipation of a proposed canal route through the area but that ended up going toward Holmesville. The idea of Wilmington, which hadn't made much progress anyway, was abandoned. 

Holmes & Wayne County - 1888 Ohio Map With Some Ghost Towns

Holmes County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1861 - Holmes County Map

1875 - Holmes County Atlas

1907 - Holmes County Atlas

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