Lorain County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township & Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Bairdsville

Brighton Township (formerly in Medina County)

1836 - 1838

 41.185430 -82.322075  on Peck Wadsworth Rd at the intersection of Baird Rd, no known remnants  

It was founded by a branch of the Baird family in the county.

Benton

Sheffield Township

 39.357834 -84.519389    exact location unknown, was near Sheffield 

38.9856244 -83.5796411 

Brownhelm Centre

Brownhelm Township

1835 - 1838

 41.385917 -82.303917   on N Ridge Rd at the intersection of Sunnyside Rd, Brownhelm (North Ridge) Cemetery at the intersection 

There wasn't anything particularly wrong with the location but it couldn't compete with previously settled towns which were already growing at good rates. Prior to the post office being established, Revolutionary War veteran & Boston Tea Party member George Bacon (1757 - 1834) & Hepzibah (Crease) Bacon (1762 - 1829) owned most of the land in the area. They were buried with many relatives & township pioneers in Brownhelm Cemetery. 

Carlisle (same location as Murraysville)

Carlisle Township  

1847 - 1855

 41.336561 -82.122204   on Oberlin Elyria Rd at the intersection of Russia Rd along Black River, South Murray Ridge Cemetery at the intersection of Murray Ridge Rd & Russia Rd 

It was called Murraysville prior to 1847 & was founded by Philo Murray (1789 - 1854) & Harriet (Minot) Murray (1797 - 1862) who moved to Ohio from Connecticut in the early 1820's & had 7 children. In the mid 1800's it had a saw mill, grist mill, general store, school, & about 25 houses. The town kept growing well on it's own & was never abandoned but eventually was overtaken by & annexed into the City of Elyria. Philo & Harriet were buried with relatives & other township pioneers in South Murray Ridge Cemetery.  

Ferguson

 exact location unknown

It was founded by a branch of the Ferguson family in the county.

Folger  (Avon Station)

City Of Avon (formerly Avon Township)

1891 - 1918

 41.478374 -82.019310   on Avon Belden Rd (SR 83) at the railroad crossing between Walker Rd & Chester Rd, old buildings in the area

Named after the Folger family in the township, it was on the New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad . The town had a train station & a fruit office which was mainly used for housing grapes that were ready for shipment. The store & post office was in the southwest corner of the intersection.

Hart's Station

Carlisle Township

 41.285065 -82.081778   on Indian Hollow Rd at the intersection of Banks Rd, many remnants & foundations on the Windfall Quarry Trail in Sheldon Woods of the Lorain County Metroparks system 

The town was founded by John Hart (1830 - 1896) & Caroline Hart (1838 - 1908) who had a few children, nice farm & donated land for a train station on the Cleveland, Tuscarawas Valley, & Wheeling Railroad. John built a water powered saw mill along the Black River that was later converted to steam. Farming & rock quarries were the main industries & the Grafton - Brunswick Railroad built by the quarry company was used to ship stones. There was also a school, blacksmith shop, general store, & creamery in the mid to late 1800's. John & Caroline were buried with relatives in Butternut Ridge Cemetery on Butternut Ridge Rd in Elyria.

Huff

exact location unknown 

 

Hulberts Corners

City Of Amherst (formerly in Amherst Township)

 41.398506 -82.226853   at the intersection of Milan Ave & Cleveland Ave

Hulberts Corners was the former town at the location Amherst was built on. The Hulbert family was long gone by the time Amherst was founded.

Kishmans

Brownhelm Township

 41.422545 -82.343679   along the northern set of railroad tracks between US 6 (Liberty Ave) & Vermilion Rd, no known remnants

The proprietors were Albert Kishman (1868 - 1951) & Harriet (Henkes) Kishman (1969 - 1910). Albert was a farmer & fisherman who was born into a large & well known fishing family of German descent. The town was on the New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad from the late 1890's to early 1920's. Albert & Harriet were buried with relatives in Brownhelm (North Ridge) Cemetery on N Ridge Rd. 

Murraysville (same location as Carlisle)

Carlisle Township

1828 - 1847

 41.336561 -82.122204   on Oberlin Elyria Rd at the intersection of Russia Rd along Black River, South Murray Ridge Cemetery at the intersection of Murray Ridge Rd & Russia Rd

The town was founded by Philo Murray (1789 - 1854) & Harriet (Minot) Murray (1797 - 1862) who moved to Ohio from Connecticut in the early 1820's & had 7 children. In the mid 1800's it had a saw mill, grist mill, general store, school, & about 25 houses. The town kept growing well on it's own & was never abandoned but eventually was overtaken by & annexed into the City of Elyria. Philo & Harriet were buried with relatives & other township pioneers in South Murray Ridge Cemetery.  

 Nickel Plate

Lagrange Township

1888 - 1895

 41.264218 -82.157652  on Diagonal Rd at the intersection of Kipton Nickel Plate Rd, Rockwood Cemetery on the east side of Diagonal Rd north of the intersection

It had a cheese factory, general store, school, & a rock quarry operated by the Cleveland Stone Company in the late 1800's to early 1900's. There was a spur of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway on the east side of Diagonal Rd which was used to transport stone. Residents were buried in Rockwood Cemetery. 

Oak Point

City Of Lorain (formerly Black River Township)

 41.435597 -82.248489  on US 6 at the intersection of Oak Point Rd, no known remnants  

Oak Point was a shipping port for the Clough Stone Company which had a narrow gauge railroad running from the quarries to the New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad & the quarry wharf on Lake Erie. The town also had a hotel, bath house, & a community hall near the wharf. 

Paradise

exact location unknown

 

Patterson (Patterson Station)

Carlisle Township

 41.319894 -82.102731   on Butternut Ridge Rd at the railroad crossing between Lagrange Rd & Indian Hollow Rd, no known remnants 

The town was on the Cleveland, Lorain, & Wheeling Railroad. It's proprietor William Patterson (1811 - 1901) held the offices of county sheriff & commissioner as well as every office in the township at one time or another. He had 3 children with his first wife Phoebe (Vincent) Patterson (1813 - 1856). They were born & married in Massachusetts in 1833 & moved to Ohio in 1837. William remarried after Phoebe passed away.

Rugby

Brownhelm Township

1897 - 1903

 41.379381 -82.317049   between Bank St & Vermilion Rd along the Vermilion River, Rugby Cemetery on the south side of N Ridge Rd between Gore Orphanage Rd & Bank St, one room schoolhouse at the fork of Banks St & Morse Rd west of the gps coordinates, Mill Hollow House on N Ridge Rd in the Vermilion River Reservation 

 The town was the location of Brownhelm Mills, currently in the Vermilion River Reservation, which had a saw mill & grist mill. The Mill Hollow House was built for Benjamin Bacon (1789 - 1868) & is on the National Register Of Historic Places. Residents were buried in Rugby Cemetery & Brownhelm (North Ridge) Cemetery on N Ridge Rd.  

Seaman

Elyria Township

exact location unknown

 

Shawville (Ridgeville Station)

City Of North Ridgeville (formerly Ridgeville Township)

1874 - 1881

 41.375602 -82.018754   at the railroad crossing between Old Avon Belned Rd N & Old Avon Belden Rd S, no known remnants   

Shawville was founded by Samuel Shaw (1829 - 1918) from New York & Juliaett (Wiley) Shaw 1830 - 1923) from Pennsylvania. It had a train station on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. Samuel & Juliaett were buried with relatives in Ridgeville (North Ridgeville Center) Cemetery on Stoney Ridge Rd.

Spencer

Penfield Township

1834 - 1849

 41.154202 -82.122825   on Lattasburg - Elyria Rd (SR 301) at the intersection of Jones Rd, no known remnants

The town was founded by Calvin Spencer (1778 - 1857) & Mary (Hawley) Spencer (1786 - 1846) who moved to Ohio from New York in 1824 & had 6 children. Calvin built a saw mill & the town also had a school. They were buried in Penfield Cemetery on Medina - Norwalk Rd.

Trinity

1898 - 1904

 41.448269 -82.000237   on Jaycox Rd at the intersection of Emory Dr, Holy Trinity Cemetery on the west side of Jaycox Rd south of the intersection 

Trinity was settled by Catholic German immigrants. It had a school, shoe shop, a frame church built in 1843, & the cemetery was established in 1833. The congregation's current church is over 100 years old & stands at the intersection of Detroit Ave (SR 254) & Nagel Rd. 

Troxel

New Russia Township (formerly Russia Township)

exact location unknown

It was founded by a branch of the Troxel family in the county.

Webbs Corners (South Amherst)

Amherst Township

 41.357484 -82.240206   on SR 113 (Milan Elyria Rd) at the intersection of S Lake St, Evergreen Cemetery on the south side of SR 113 & Pioneer Cemetery on the west side of S Lake St

Webbs Corners was the original name of South Amherst. It was founded in 1816 by Reuben Webb (1770 - 1838) & Mary Webb. They had a a few children & built a tavern near Beaver Creek. They were buried with relatives in Evergreen Cemetery.

Lorain & Medina County - 1888 Ohio Map With Some Ghost Towns
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