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. 

Belfast

Jefferson

 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. Gettysburg'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.

Claysburg

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. 

Corvin

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.

Crawfordsville

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 1880s, but it couldn't compete with New Hope which was growing faster. Some of Crawfordsville's residents, including Daniel Strader (1811 - 1895) who lived there the longest, were buried in Bonebrake (New Hope) Cemetery.

Currystown

Jefferson Township

39.834971 -84.723267  on Oxford Gettysburg Rd along Seven Mile Ditch

Curry Cemetery at the GPS Coordinates

The town was founded by members of the Curry family in the area prior to the platting of Gettysburg by John Curry in 1832. Currystown never grew much outside of the original family farm  & construction of the National Road (US 40) to the north, made its location obsolete. The family dream of establishing a successful town lived on through Gettysburg though, which is still in existence today. Revolutionary War veteran Robert Curry was the first burial in the cemetery in 1816.

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.

Hagerstown

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 1880s.

Mercersburg

Gratis Township

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

 

Morningstar

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.

Oklahoma

Washington

 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)

no known remnants

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 area was settled by John Brinley (1782 - 1827) & 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 that ran from 1860 - 1902. The Brinley family was 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 abandoned

Fairhaven, OH - (early 1800s - present farming & stagecoach stop town with no growth)

Classification: small town

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

Fairhaven became a town sometime around 1833 when its post office was established. Construction of the Bunker Hill House on SR 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 Civil War. He lived at the Bunker Hill House for a while & hid slaves in his room under a stairway next to the servants quarters. Smith was buried in Fairhaven Cemetery on Israel - Somers Rd. The Bunker Hill House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 & is described by Ohio Historical Marker #3 - 68 in its side yard.

The general store closed in the early 1900s & the town lost its post office in 1932. There are also several other old buildings & residences in the area. Harshman Covered Bridge was built in 1894 on Concord - Fairhaven Rd about 4 miles north of town. Its 109 feet 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 with less residents than in the past)

Classification: small town

Location: Lanier Township, Preble County - On SR 122 at the intersection of Quaker Trace Rd (County Rd 65)

Wheatville was settled in 1807 by Henry Eikenberry (1771 - 1828) & 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 are also several abandoned schools in the area. School #7 is a couple miles north on Halderman Rd, another one is to the east on SR 503, & Andrews Schoolhouse is southwest of town on Aukerman Creek Rd. Wheatville was named after the flour mills that were its major source of income in the 1800s. The town had a post office from 1853-1857.

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