Preble County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township & Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Beechy Mire

Dickson Township

1833 - 1846

41.233412 -82.5322161  exact location unknown

38.9856244 -83.5796411  It was listed as a postal town in the Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler's Guide from 1837 - 1841. 



 39.836160 -84.778569    on US 40 (National Rd) between SR 320 & Elkhorn Rd, no known remnants

Belfast was platted in 1832 but couldn't keep up with Gettysburg which was platted the same year & it's proprietor John Curry (1805 - 1875) was determined to have the best town in the area. Some residents of Belfast were buried in Gettysburg Cemetery on Oxford Gettysburg Rd.


Israel Township

 39.626440 -84.759677   on Cramer Rd at the intersection of SR 725, no known remnants

Claysburg was platted in 1833 & listed in the Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler's Guide from 1837 - 1841. 


Dixon Township

1885 - 1892

 39.699495 -84.741622   on California School Rd at the intersection of Wyatt Rd, no known remnants

Residents were buried in Concord Cemetery on Concord Fairhaven Rd.


Jackson Township

 39.787607 -84.706515   on Crawfordsville Campbellstown Rd at the intersection of US 35, Bonebrake (New Hope) Cemetery on Cemetery Rd off of US 35 south of the gps coordinates 

Crawfordsville was platted in 1842 by Conrad Frey & still had around a dozen houses in the early 1880's but it couldn't compete with New Hope which was growing faster. Some of Crawfordsville's residents, including Daniel Strader (1811 - 1895) who had lived there the longest, were buried in Bonebrake (New Hope) Cemetery.


exact location unknown


Ernest (Concord)

Dixon Township

1890 - 1902

 39.713233 -84.769597   on Concord Fairhaven Rd between Concord Rd & California School Rd, Concord Church & Cemetery at the gps coordinates, Harshman Covered Bridge south of the gps coordinates 

The post office was in the church. Harshman Covered Bridge was built in 1894 by Everett Sherman (1831 - 1897) & made it onto the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.


Monroe Township

1832 - 1855

 39.909576 -84.607114   on Holtzmuller Rd along Twin Creek at the intersection of Euphemia Castine Rd, no known remnants 

It had the first post office in the township & sat around the crossing of the Cincinnati Northern Railroad & the Dayton & Western Railroad. Their train stations were at West Manchester & Browns Station though. Hagerstown was last seen in the 1871 Preble County Atlas & disappeared in the 1880's.


Gratis Township

exact location unknown, was east of Greenbush near the Montgomery County line



Lanier Township

 39.698238 -84.537844     on SR 503 along Twin Creek between Halderman Rd & Carlton Rd, no known remnants

It was founded by George Morningstar (1779 - 1862) & Elizabeth (Sweitzer) Morningstar (1783 - 1851) who had 7 children & a successful farm. They were buried with relatives in Eikenberry (Wheatville) Cemetery on Quaker Trace Rd.



 39.786440 -84.633842   on US 127 at intersection with SR 726 along Bantas Fork, former school on SR 726 at the interesection of Alexander Rd, old houses in the area

The Bantas family was the biggest in town. Most of them moved to Kansas. Oklahoma also had a steam powered saw mill on the north side of Alexander Rd at the corner of SR 726.

Orangeburg (Orangeburgh)

Jefferson Township

 39.838660 -84.746901   on Orangeburg Rd at the intersection of US 40 (National Rd)

Orangeburg had the same story as Belfast. In the 1881 History Of Preble County, Ohio a line reads "Of Oragngeburg it may be said that the town cannot be seen for the houses, and of Belfast, the houses cannot be seen for the town." Neither lasted much longer. Some residents of Orangeburg were buried in Gettyburg Cemetery on Oxford Gettysburg Rd.

Brinley Station, OH - (1855 - 1902 railroad & farming town that was abandoned)

Classification: ghost town

Location: Jefferson Township, Preble County - On New Paris - El Dorado Rd. about a mile east of Morrison - Mikesell Rd.

The only remnant left is the old railroad path that can be seen from the road. The stretch of land was settled by John Brinley (1782 - 1827) & his wife Achsah (Harvey) Brinley (1782 - 1865) in 1816. Their son Sylvester Brinley (1816 - 1905) donated land for a train station in 1855 on the Dayton & Western Railroad. He built a general store in 1858 & established a post office there that ran from 1860 - 1902. The Brinley family is buried in Old North New Paris Cemetery at the southern end of New Paris - El Dorado Rd.

Fairhaven Ohio ghost town Preble County history travel abandonedFairhaven, OH - (early 1800's - present farming & stagecoach stop town with no growth)

Classification: small town

Location: Israel Township, Preble County - On St. Rt. 177 at the intersection of Israel - Somers Rd.

Fairhaven became a town sometime around 1833 when it's post office was established. Construction of the Bunker Hill House on St. Rt. 177 took place from 1834 - 1838. It was a stagecoach stop on the Hamilton, Fairhaven, & Richmond Turnpike. The massive building served as a hotel & had a tavern until 1858 when a railroad was built through Camden which took travelers past Fairhaven. In 1862 the Bunker Hill House expanded again with a general store.

Local resident Gabriel Smith was a member of the Friends Of Freedom Society & helped runaway slaves escape from the south during the Cival War. He lived at the Bunker Hill House for a while & hid slaves in his room under a stairway next to the servant's quarters. Smith was buried in Fairhaven Cemetery on Israel - Somers Rd. The Bunker Hill House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 & is described by Ohio Historical Marker #3 - 68.

Fairhaven has an annual antiques festival there which is usually takes place in June. The general store closed in the early 1900's & the town lost it's post office in 1932. There's also several other old buildings & residences in the area. The Harshman Covered Bridge was built in 1894 on Concord - Fairhaven Rd. about 4 miles north of town. It's 109 ft. long and spans Four Mile Creek. Fairhaven's population was 273 in 1895. It's probably smaller than that today & wasn't included in the 2010 census.

Wheatville Ohio ghost town Preble County history travel abandonedWheatville, OH - (mid 1800's - present farming & mill town slowly abandoned over time)

Classification: small town

Location: Lanier Township, Preble County - On Rt. 122 near the intersection of Quaker Trace Rd. (County Road 65)

Wheatville was settled in 1807 by Henry Eikenberry (1771 - 1828) & his wife Mary (Landis) Eikenberry (1772 - 1858). They had 6 kids in Virginia and a seventh child was born in Preble County shortly after they moved there. Wheatville - Eikenberry Cemetery, where most of the Eikenberry family was buried, is on Quaker Trace Rd. There's also several abandoned schools in the area. School Number 7 is a couple miles north on Halderman Rd, another one is to the east on Rt. 503, & Andrews Schoolhouse is southwest on Aukerman Creek Rd.

The town was named after the flour mills that were it's major source of income in the 1800's. A church was built in 1861 & is mentioned in Preble County's Centennial History Book but even back then it had been gone so long that no one knew where it was located. Wheatville had it's own post office from 1853-1857.

Preble County Ohio Ghost Towns - 1888 Bridgman's Atlas Of The State Of Ohio
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