Morrow County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township &  Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Aaronsburg

South Bloomfield Township (formerly in in Knox County)

 

 40.398394 -82.6951721  on SR 229 at the intersection of Columbus  Fredericktown Rd, no known remnants

  

38.9856244 -83.5796411  It was platted in 1824 by Aaron Macomber who had a wood bowl making business with a turning machine run by horses. The town also had a wool hat shop owned by Hugh Hartshorn. The residential lots in Aaronsburg never sold & it was quickly abandoned.  

Centerburg

exact location unknown, was 8 miles southeast of Mt Gilead

 

Florida Grove

Franklin Township (formerly in Knox County)

 40.550729 -82.776623  on Cardington Williamsport Rd at the intersection of Morrison Rd, no known remnants  

The town was founded in the early 1820's by Rev. George Van Eman (1786 - 1870) from Pennsylvania, Plumb Sutleff, & Samuel Hardenbrook. Some of the residential lots sold but the town never flourished & reverted back to farmland in the mid 1800's. George later moved out of the county & was buried with relatives in Maple Grove Cemetery in Findlay, Hancock County.

Friendsboro

Cardington & Gilead Township (formerly in Marion County)

 40.516561 -82.864181  on US 42 at the intersection of Cardington - Edison Iberia Rd along Whetstone Creek, Union Cemetery on the south side of US 42 between Furbey Rd & Worthington - New Haven Rd

Friendsboro was founded in 1822 by Asa Mosher (1771 - 1843) & Bethiah Mosher (1771 - 1856) who were Quakers & moved to Ohio from Bristol County, MA & had 11 children. The land was surveyed by War Of 1812 veteran Col. James Kilbourn who founded Worthington, OH & a few smaller towns. Friendsboro had a cabinet shop built by John Shaw on Whetstone Creek but the water power was insufficient for it's needs & the town never grew any. Asa & Bethiah were buried with relatives in Union Cemetery.

Grays Corners

1858 - 1865

exact location unknown

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

Indigo

Peru Township

1854 - 1864

exact location unknown, was in the southern portion of the township near Indigo Creek

This small farming & postal town had a saw mill & school.

Jamestown (Kelly's Corner)

Franklin Township (formerly in Knox County)

dates not listed

 40.538664 -82.777821    on SR 95 at the 3-way intersection with Pulaskiville Rd & Criswell Rd, no known remnants

The town was founded by James Bailey who built a general store & Appleton Rich had a blacksmith shop. Bailey's store was bought by Allen Kelly (1785 - 1871). He also opened a tannery & was the postmaster. The town faded out of existence after Allen retired & sold the store. He was buried with relatives in Bryn Zion Cemetery northeast of town on Bryn Zion Rd in Gilead Township. 

Kelker

Congress Township

1898 - 1903

 40.620061 -82.747180   on Williamsport  Crestline Rd between Marion - Johnsville Rd & Trimbe Rd, Pleasant Grove Church & Cemetery on Williamsport Crestline Rd south of the gps coordinates, former one room schoolhouse across the street from the cemetery, old houses & farms in the area 

The proprietors were Rudolph Kelker (1841 - 1908) & Ida (Cook) Kelker (1836 - 1909) who had a few children, nice farm, & were prominent members of the community. Rudolph was the postmaster & the church, school, & cemetery all pre-date the establishment of the town. The Kelkers were buried with relatives including Rudolph's parents in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Morehouse

Peru Township (formerly in Delaware County)

 40.407010 -82.901775  on SR 229 (Marengo - Norton Rd) along Turkey Run between Kilbourne - Cardington Rd & Benedict Rd, Morehouse Cemetery at the gps coordinates   

Morehouse was founded in the early 1830's by Stephen Morehouse (1771 - 1855) & Elizabeth (Steinbeck) Morehouse (1775 - 1868). They had 11 children & moved to Ohio from New Jersey. Some of their children came to Ohio too & some stayed behind. The town had a few saw mills over the years, 2 tanneries, & a school. Stephen & Elizabeth were buried with relatives in Morehouse Cemetery.

Moshers Mill

Cardington & Gilead Township (formerly in Marion County)

 40.517152 -82.866701  On US 42 at the intersection of Mosher Rd, Union Cemetery on the south side of US 42 between Furbey Rd & Worthington - New Haven Rd  

The proprietors were  Asa Mosher (1771 - 1843) & Bethiah Mosher (1771 - 1856) who were moved to Ohio from Bristol County, MA & had 11 children. Asa was a township trustee & constructed a grist & saw mill on Whetstone Creek that was completed in 1821. Asa & Bethiah were buried with relatives in Union Cemetery.

Peerless (Peerless Station)

Bennington Township, Morrow County (formerly in Delaware County) & Porter Township, Delaware County

 40.350617 -82.765175  on Peerless Rd (Mt Vernon Olive Green Rd) at the former railroad crossing between SR 656 & Moody Rd, old houses & farms in the area

Peerless was on the Toledo & Ohio Central Railroad. The train station was purchased by a local farmer in 1941 & converted to a corn crib.

Penlan

Harmony Township

1898 - 1901

 40.445441 -82.746309    on Penlan Rd (Co Rd 184) at the intersection of Township Rd 179, Mt Pisgah Baptist Church at the intersection, old houses & farms in the area

This crossroads town had a general store, school, & the church that was constructed in the mid 1870's.

Queen Settlement (formerly in Marion County)

Canaan Township

exact location unknown

The town had a church & school & was founded by War Of 1812 veteran William Queen (1789 - 1851) & Elizabeth Queen (1795 - 1879). They were buried with relatives in Glendale Cemetery on Glendale St in Cardington.

Rome

South Bloomfield Township (formerly in Knox County)

 40.408755 -82.705301    on SR 314 (Chesterville - Sparta Rd) at the intersection of Prospect Mt Vernon Rd, no known remnants

It was platted in 1827 by Lemuel Potter (1778 - 1860) & Anna (Terry) Potter (1785 - 1849) but never grew any. Lemuel & Anna were buried with relatives in Bloomfield Cemetery on Rich Hill Bloomfield Rd.

Steiners Corners (Stiners Corner)

Lincoln Township (formerly in Delaware County)

 40.481369 -82.820646  on SR 61 at the intersection of SR 529 (Cardinton - Chesterville Rd), Asbury Cemetery on the south side of SR 529 west of the intersection, Buck Cemetery on the north side of SR 529 across from Asbury Cemetery 

The town was founded by William Stiner (1772 - 1837) & Marian Stiner (1792 - 1874). It had 2 saw mills (one steam powered), a Methodist church, & a school in the 1850's. William & Marian were buried with relatives in Asbury Cemetery. The Bucks were also a large family in the area. 

Surprise

Washington Township (formerly in Marion County)

1826 - 1903

 40.610779 -82.842085  on Marion - Williamsport Rd at the intersection of Mt Gilead - Iberia Galion Rd, no known remnants  

This farming & postal town had a school & was on the Big Four Railroad (Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis). 

Steam Corners Ohio ghost town Morrow County history travel abandonedSteam Corners, OH - (Mid 1800's - present farming & saw mill town with less residents than in the past)

Classification: small town

Location: Troy Township, Morrow County - On Steam Corners - Lexington Rd. at the intersection of Rt. 314 (Chesterville - Shelby Rd.)

The village was first settled in the 1850's as a small farming community. It had population boom in the early 1860's when a steam powered saw mill was built nearby so they started to call the area Steam Corners. A post office moved into town in 1864 but was later discontinued. A new post office was built that ran from 1865 - 1901. The first store in town also opened in 1865. In the late 1800's to early 1900's Steam Corners had a school, church, general store, tavern, wagon shop, & a blacksmith.

There isn't much left in town now besides a Methodist Church that sits next to the last school the town had, the remains of the last store near the center of town, & maybe 15 - 20 homes. It's biggest attraction these days is the Mid - Ohio Sports Car Course about a mile east of Steam Corners on Steam Corners - Lexington Rd. 

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