Portage County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township &   Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Breakneck

Franklin Township

 

 41.155641 -81.3215101  on Kent Ravenna    Rd (SR 59) at the intersection of SR 261 along Breakneck Creek, no known remnants

  

38.9856244 -83.5796411  The town had a grist mill & school & there was a saw mill, wool factory, & ashery about a mile to the east. The Pennsylvania & Ohio Canal ran through town & was used to ship goods & supplies. Residents were buried in Breakneck Cemetery which was originally in the southwest corner of the intersection of Kent Ravenna Rd & Rhodes Rd. It was moved to the northeast corner of Standing Rock Cemetery on N Mantua St (SR 43).  

Bright Town

Paris Township

 41.153887 -81.007649   on Gilbert Rd between McClintocksburg Rd & McMullen Allen Rd, no known remnants

It was a small farming town in the mid 1800's with no major businesses. All that was left in the 1870's was a stretch of residences including C. Bright & J. Bright. 

Cacklers Corners

City Of Streetsboro (formerly  Streetsboro Township) & Franklin Township

 41.207701 -81.377762  on Seasons Rd at the intersection of Ravenna Rd along Tinkers Creek, Cackler Cemetery on private property between the first & second residences on the north side of Cackler Rd west of Seasons Rd, old houses & farms in the area

Cacklers Corners was founded by War Of 1812 veteran Christian Cackler Jr. (1791 - 1878) & Theresa (Nighman) Cackler (1791 - 1869) who both moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania with their parents in the first decade of the 1800's. They were married in 1814, the first wedding in Franklin Township, & settled in Streetsboro Township in 1816. Christian & Theresa had 12 children, a large farm, blacksmith shop, & donated land for a school at the northwest corner of Seasons Rd & Ravenna Rd. They were buried with relatives, including their parents & many descendants, in Cackler Cemetery. 

Cobbs Corners

Mantua Township

1833 - 1850

 41.308674 -81.281174   on Twinsburg Warren Rd (SR 82) at the intersection of Chamberlain Rd, no known remnants 

The town was founded by Samuel Cobb (1785 - 1852) & Harriet (Sheldon) Cobb (1793 - 1860). They were married in Connecticut in 1820 & moved to Ohio in 1833. Samuel & Harriet had 3 children & a farm of several hundred acres. Their son Henry Cobb (1821 - 1894) helped clear the farm, worked in the post office, & was a school teacher. Samuel & Harriet were buried with relatives in East Lawn (Eastlawn) Cemetery on Mantua Center Rd & Henry was buried with relatives in West Lawn (Westlawn) Cemetery on Twinsburg Warren Rd.

East Davis

Edinburg Township

 41.132005 -81.120389  on hiking trails north of Cable Line Rd along the Michael J. Kirwan Reservoir, no known remnants  

It was founded by a branch of the Davis family in the county. The town had a school at the northeast corner of the intersection of Cable Line Rd & Rock Spring Rd.

Greenleafs Corners

Charlestown Township

 41.191992 -81.109546   on Greenleaf Rd at the intersection of Ravenna Arsenal Rd along Sand Creek, no known remnants

The original proprietors were Israel Greenleaf (1813 - 1985) & Emily (Whitney) Greenleaf (1811 - 1883). They were both born in New York & married there in 1833 before moving to Ohio in 1835. Israel & Emily had 5 children. They were buried with relatives in Charlestown Cemetery on Newton Falls Rd.

Harrisport

Paris Township

 41.181445 -81.009815   between McClintocksburg Rd & Holcomb Rd in the woods on the east side of the Mahoning River  

Harrisport was name of McClintocksburg prior to 1835. The town moved south when the Old Pennsylvania & Ohio Canal opened around that time.

Hazen

Hiram Township

 41.332050 -81.104728    on Norton Rd at the intersection of Mumford Rd, no known remnants

The town was founded by John Hazen (1790 - 1846) & Miranda (Mason) Hazen (1794 - 1851) who moved to Ohio from Vermont & were pioneers in Hiram Township. John built a general store in 1820. He was also a deacon & donated land for a Congregational Church in the mid 1830's. They were buried with relatives in Baptist Cemetery in Garrettsville north of Maple Ave. 

Hilltown

Brimfield Township

 41.073667 -81.328718   on Congress Lake Rd between Old Forge Rd & Saxe Rd, no known remnants  

It was a small farming town with a blacksmith shop.

Hutson

Deerfield Township

 41.016724 -81.022037   on the Berlin Lake Trail south off of US 224 between Sheffleton Rd & Diver Rd, no known remnants  

The proprietors were Harmon Hutson (1827 - 1906) & Charlotte (Vaughn) Hutson (1837 - 1900). Harmon served in the Civil War as a riverboat pilot captain on the Ohio & Mississippi Rivers. After the war they bought a 150 acre farm in Deerfield Township & founded the Hutson Coal Co. when the resource was discovered in the area. It employed residents from the mid 1890's to late 1920's & the coal was shipped on a railroad switch called the A & N. Two of the workers also ran into a mineral water spring which was clean enough to bottle for sale. Harmon & Charlotte had one child who died at the age of 11. They were buried with relatives in Deerfield Cemetery on the north side of US 224 across from Edgewater Blvd. 

Keans

Palmyra & Deerfield Township

 41.062279 -81.031760   on Yale Rd at the intersection of McClintocksburg Rd, no known remnants 

The town was founded by a branch of the Kean (or Keen) family in the county. It sat along the A & N Railroad switch but didn't have a train station.

Maple Grove

Rootstown Township

exact location unknown, was in the southeast section of the township west of Industry Rd

It was a farming town & part of an extensive school district system.

Morgans

Ravenna Township

41.169615 -81.271797  on Wall St at the railroad & Portage Hike And Bike Trail crossing between Jones Ave & Cleveland Rd, no known remnants  

It's proprietors were D.H. & J.A Morgan who owned a large farm in the mid 1800's. The town sat along the junction of the Cleveland & Pittsburgh Railroad & Atlantic & Great Western Railroad. 

Parker

Mantua Township

1893 - 1905

 41.337225 -81.280825   on Winchell Rd at the intersection of Chamberlain Rd, old houses & farms in the area 

The town was founded by Emerson C. Parker (1874 - 1899) who either purchased or inherited a plot of land south of the intersection. Chauncey Winchel (1799 - 1883) & Persis (Parker) Winchel (1805 - 1875) were pioneers of the township & accumulated nearly 1,000 acres. Emerson, Chauncey, & Persis were buried in West Lawn Cemetery on Twinsburg Warren Rd with many ancestors of the massive Winchel (Winchell) & Parker families. 

Sample

Franklin Township

exact location unknown 

 

Stoddards Mills

Brimfield Township

 41.125308 -81.325162  on Edison Rd between Meloy Rd & Sherman Rd, no known remnants  

The town was founded by Levi Stoddard (1771 - 1860) & Patty (Burritt) Stoddard (1768 - 1845) who settled in the township in 1830. Levi built a wool mill & there was also a school on the east side of Edison Rd across from the Stoddard's house. They were buried with relatives in Restland Cemetery on the west side of SR 43.

Geauga & Portage County - 1888 Ohio Map With Some Ghost Towns

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1857 - Portage County Ohio map

1874 - Portage County Atlas

1900 - Portage County Atlas

1885 - History Of Portage County Ohio

1957 - Portage Heritage: A History Of Portage County Ohio

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