Seneca County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township &   Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Adamsville

Adams Township

 

 41.170127 -82.9764851  on SR 18 at the intersection of CR 21 (County Rd 21), Block (English Evangelical Lutheran) Cemetery on the west side of CR 21 north of the gps coordinates, Zion Lutheran Church & Adams Lutheran Cemetery at the intersection of CR 21 & E Township Rd 128 

  

38.9856244 -83.5796411  It was platted in 1846 by Daniel Kistler (d. 1858). The current Zion Lutheran Church was built in 1885 & the town also had a school & Evangelical Lutheran church on land donated by Joseph Neikirk (1806 - 1887) from Maryland & Barbara (Noel) Neikirk (1804 - 1869) from Pennsylvania. Daniel was buried with relatives in Adams Lutheran Cemetery & the Neikirks were buried with relatives in Block Cemetery. As Adamsville faded away into history, Cooper (Cooperstown) sprang up barely south of the location. 

Butternut Ridge

Adams Township

1851 - 1867

 41.255256 -82.980900  on SR 101 (Portland Rd) between E County Rd 62 & N Township Rd 179, Butternut Ridge Chapel & Lay (Butternut Ridge Church Of Christ) Cemetery at the gps coordinates 

The town had a school & cooper shop. The post office was on the north side of E Township Rd 178 between CR 21 & Township Line Rd.

Castina

Thompson Township

1828 - 1839

exact location unknown

It was listed in The Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler's Guide in 1841 as 18 miles from Tiffin, 4 1/2 from Bellevue, & 9 from Republic.

Elizabethtown

Bloom Township

 41.066573 -83.068471  on SR 67 at the intersection of CR 16 (E County Rd 16), no known remnants  

The town was founded by Dr. James Fisher (1801 - 1888) & Elizabeth (Boyer) Fisher (d. 1878) who moved to Ohio from Maryland in 1832. It was named after Elizabeth & had a saloon, wagon shop, & blacksmith shop. The Fishers moved to Missouri & were buried in Maple Park Cemetery in Springfield.

Fitz Henry

1850 - 1852

exact location unknown

 

It was listed in the 1853 W.W. Reilly & Co.'s Ohio State Business Directory.

Hedgetown (Sulphur Springs)

Pleasant & Adams Township

 41.235732 -83.075459    on Township Rd 169 (Tr 0169) along Beaver Creek between E County Rd 34 (Cr34) & Tr 0164, no known remnants

Hedgetown was founded by Josiah Hedges (1778 - 1858) & Eliza (Hammerly) Hedges who moved to Ohio from Virginia in 1820. The town had a church, school, saw mill, & a grist mill. Josiah also served in the state legislature & founded Tiffin. The Hedges were buried with relatives in Greenlawn Cemetery on E County Rd 36 (Cr36) in Tiffin. Some residents of Hedgetown were buried in Bunker Hill Cemetery on the south side of E County Rd 44 (Cr44) west of N Township Rd 169. 

Hopewell

Hopewell Township

 41.123513 -83.247008    on W Township Rd 112 (Center Rd) at the intersection of Tr0113, former school at the intersection, Hopewell Cemetery in a farm field on the east side of Tr0021 south of Cr48

It had a grocery store, church, & the school.

Jackson Station

Jackson Township

1868 - 1870

 41.196094 -83.356650  on W Township Rd 84 (Ecker Rd) at the intersection of N Township Rd 65 (Tr0065) along the former railroad path, no known remnants

Jackson Station was on the Fremont & Lima Railroad. The former railroad path can be seen on satellite maps.

Leamansville

1832 - 1845

exact location unknown

It was listed in the 1843 A Table Of Post-Offices In Ohio, Arranged By Counties, Townships, And Towns as being 15 miles from the county seat.

Linden (Maple Grove)

Liberty Township

1874 - 1875 & 1885 - 1909

 41.217275 -83.226588   on N County Rd 41 at the intersection of Cr42, old houses & farms in the area 

This small farming, railroad, & postal town sat at the crossing of the Pennsylvania Railroad & Nickel Plate Road. It had a train station that served both tracks.

Middleburg

Liberty Township

 41.234568 -83.254350   on SR 12 (Fostoria Fremont Rd) at the intersection of N Township Rd 69, no known remnants 

It was platted in 1832 & disappeared in the late 1830's.

Mohawk

Eden Township

 41.066235 -83.173448  on SR 231 (Mohawk Rd) at the intersection of W County Rd 16 along Honey Creek, no known remnants  

 

Mohawk Tribe members John Van Metre (Van Meter), his wife Susan (Brandt) Van Metre & her brothers Chief Thomas Brandt, Isaac Brandt, & Paulus Brandt were awarded 1,000 acres for a reservation called the Van Metre Reserve in an 1817 treaty. John had been taken captive by Wyandots in West Virginia in 1778, later transferred to the Mohawks, & married Susan in a tribal ceremony. 25 Mohawk families lived on the reserve & John was buried there when he passed away in the mid 1820's. The reserve was sold in 1828 & what was left of the tribe moved west across the Mississippi River in 1829. These days a lake, golf course, & some businesses in the area still bear the Mohawk name.

Palo Alto

Seneca Township

1856 - 1881

 41.029018 -83.232457  on SR 53 at the intersection of Cr6 (County Rd 6), old houses & farms in the area  

 Palo Alto was a small farming town with a Blacksmith shop in the southeast corner of the intersection.

Raineys

Loudon Township

 41.142831 -83.343812    on Township Hw 47 at the railroad crossing between SR 18 & Township Rd 132 (Punk Hollow Rd)

The town proprietors were Isaac Raney (1841 - 1897 & Susanna (Fox) Raney (1840 - 1914) who were both born in Seneca County & owned a farm along the Mansfiled, Coldwater, & Lake Michigan Railroad & B & O Railroad which ran parallel to each other through the area. Isaac & Susanna were buried in Loudon Township Cemetery on the south side of SR 18 in Fostoria. 

Saint Nicholas

Big Spring Township (Frenchtown)

1884 - 1885

 41.014221 -83.339645  on Bloom Rd at the intersection of Clouse Rd, Saint Nicholas Catholic Church & French Town (Saint Nicholas) Cemetery north of the gps coordinates on Cr6 between Clouse Rd & S Co Rd 591

The town founders were the Lafontaine family & few others who arrived in the area from France in the 1840's. Farming was the main industry & a Catholic congregation formed in 1855 which was half German in the early days & more French as time went on. The impressive church structure was built in 1856. 

Sheatenhelm

Pleasant Township

 41.212037 -83.088169  on E County Rd 44 (Cr44) between Lamalie Rd & N Township Rd 169 (Adams - Pleasant Township Line Rd), Bunker Hill Cemetery on the south side of E County Rd 44 west of N Township Rd 169  

The town was founded by Grafton Shedenhelm ( 1813 - 1882) from Maryland & Mary (Shaul or Schall) Shedenhelm (1817 - 1849) from Virginia. They had 8 children & a 240 acre farm with a steam saw mill along the Big 4 Railroad. After Mary passed away, Grafton one of Mary's sisters or cousins, Catharine (Shaul or Schall) Shedenhelm (1825 - 1880) & had another 7 children. They were buried with relatives in Bunker Hill Cemetery.

Steinerville

City Of Tiffin (formerly in Hopewell Township)

 41.109229 -83.201532  on Fair Ln off of Hopwell Ave, no known remnants  

It was platted in 1852 by Henry Steiner (Stoner) (1781 - 1857) who owned over 300 acres  along the Sandusky, Dayton, & Cincinnati Railroad & stretching south across the current Seneca County Fairgrounds. Henry was buried with relatives in Fairmont (Stoner) Cemetery on the south side of Tyber Rd in Tiffin.

Thomsontown  (Thompson Center)

Thompson Township

 41.211853 -82.898696   on E County Rd 32 (Cr 32) at the intersection of N Township Rd 81, Thompson Center (Dunkirk) Cemetery on the south side of E County Rd 32 west of the intersection, old houses & farms in the area 

Thomsontown had a school, church, & town hall in the mid to late 1800's.

Trumbo

Jackson Township

1873 - 1874

 41.199052 -83.343364  on Fostoria Fremont Rd at the intersection of Good Rd (Wertz Rd), old houses & farms in the area  

It was founded by Enoch Trumbo (1804 - 1894) from Pennsylvania & Elanor (Robertson) Trumbo (1812 - 1873) who had 6 children & a large farm. Enoch was a stone mason, farmer, county commissioner, justice of the peace, & township trustee. The town was along the Fremont & Lima Railroad (later bought by the Lake Erie & Louisville Railroad) but didn't have a train station. Enoch & Elanor were buried with relatives in Zion Lutheran Cemetery at the intersection of W County Rd 592 (Cr592) & Cr39 south of town.

Seneca & Stark County - 1888 Ohio Map With Some Ghost Towns
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