Newville, OH - (1823 - 1940's farming & mill town abandoned during a flood control project on the Mohican River)

Classification: ghost town

Location: Worthington Township, Richland County - On U.S. 95 at the intersection of Pleasant Hill Rd.

The town was founded by John Frederick Herring (1767 - 1832) in 1823, a few years after he built a grist mill on Clear Fork Creek. He is buried in Newville Cemetery off of the u-shaped road across from where Pleasant Hill Rd. runs into U.S. 95. The town was named after Newville, Pennsylvania where John Herring was born. It grew to have a few stores, several churches, a school, & a post office that ran from 1830 - 1906. Pennyroyal Distilleries also operated near Newville & employed several local residents.

Newville Church was built in 1911 & moved to a less flood prone area. It still sits at the corner of O'Possum Run Rd. & Swigart Rd. The demise of Newville becoming a ghost town was a two stage process. First the railroads passed it up & instead had stations in Butler & Perrysville, both about 4 miles from Newville, so it's population didn't grow in the late 1800's & early 1900's. Later in the early 1940's the Army Corps Of Engineers advised the remaining residents to leave because of a dam that was being built on the Mohican River. There's still some foundations & partial buildings from Newville left in the woods on the west side of Pleasant Hill Lake.

Riblet Corners Ohio ghost town Richland County history travel abandonedRiblet, OH (Riblet Corners) - Richland County (1830's - 1860's farming town abandoned over time)

Classification: ghost town

Location: Sandusky & Springfield Townships, Richland County - On Rt. 309 near the intersection of Horning Rd.

Revolutionary War veteran Christian Riblet (1761 - 1844) & his wife Christina Magdalene (Shull) Riblet (1763 - 1852) moved from Pennyslvania to Richland County Ohio in 1831. They had four children including their son Daniel who served in the state senate from 1854 - 1856. The Riblet's farm was a well known stagecoach stop for people traveling between Mansfield & Bucyrus. It served as an inn, a tavern, & had a post office from 1836 - 1860. The town didn't consist of much more than the Riblet's farm, a chapel, & a few other farms. Christian & Christina Riblet are buried with several of their family members in Riblet Cemetery on Rt. 309 about .5 miles east of Horning Rd.

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