We research & explore the coolest ghost towns & historic locations in Ohio!
Anderson – Pierpont Township Location: 41.738943 -80.622298 on Stanhope – Kelloggsville Rd near the intersection with Shrambling Rd Remnants: none known Description: The town was named after George S. Anderson (1857 – 1924), a well respected country physician & surgeon who owned a few parcels of land in the area.
Barnes Corners – Trumbull Township Location:41.678110 -80.910368 on Windsor – Mechanicsville Rd at the intersection of Riverdale Rd Remnants: Riverdale (Barnes) Cemetery in the woods on the south side of Riverdale Rd just a bit west of the GPS coordinates Description: It was named after the local Barnes family & had a church in the mid 1800s. Some of the Barnes family members are buried in the cemetery.
Calm – Trumbull Township Post Office: 1890 – 1903 Location:41.690332 -81.002581 on Barrett Rd at the intersection of Short Rd Remnants: old school across the border in Geauga County at the corner of Thompson Rd & Sidley Rd Description: Calm’s edge just barely crossed into Ashtabula. The post office was in Thompson Township, Geauga County. The town’s old schoolhouse is now a private residence.
East Lakeville – Conneaut Township Location: 41.939650 -80.542532 on US 20 Remnants: East Conneaut (East Lakeville) cemetery on Furnace Rd South of US 20 Description: It’s technically a ghost town but only on paper due to name changes & getting annexed into Conneaut.
Fargo – Ashtabula Township Location:41.871939 -80.766133 on Fargo Dr south off of US 20 Remnants: Edgewood Cemetery on State Rd Description: The town was founded by Jason Fargo (1790 – 1861) & Clarissa (Harmon) Fargo (1801 – 1880). They had several children, ran a 156 acre farm, & Jason was the first town trustee. The area was later named East Village & is now part of the city of Ashtabula. Jason & Clarissa were buried in Edgewood Cemetery with some of their children, including Dan & Lucius who had a prosperous 570 acre farm.
Hare – Kingsville Township Location: unknown Description: It was founded by the Hare family in the township.
Inland Location: unknown Description: none found
Iona – Windsor Township Post Office: 1898 – 1903 Location:41.508579 -80.957202 on S Windsor Rd between Fletcher Rd & Mill Creek Remnants: none known Description: Iona was a small farming & postal town.
Middlesex Post Office: 1831 – 1847 Location: unknown Description: none found
Northway – Jefferson Township Post Office: 1898 – 1899 Location: unknown Description: none found
Osbornville (same location as Phoenix) – Pierpont Township Post Office: 1856 – 1860 Location:41.783699 -80.623501 on Stanhope – Kelloggsville Rd between Beckwith Rd & Bulah Rd Remnants: Graham Road Bridge in the Ashtabula County Metropark on Graham Rd Description: The town proprietor was an M. Osborn who built a grist mill, saw mill, general store, & ran the post office.
Padens Mills – Monroe Township Location: unknown, the main saw mill was built next to Bear Creek Description: The Paden family were Quakers who also owned 400 acres with a saw mill along Paden Creek in Conneaut Township, Crawford County, PA.
Phoenix (same location as Osbornville) – Pierpont Township Post Office: 1862 – 1903 Location:41.783699 -80.623501 on Stanhope – Kelloggsville Rd between Beckwith Rd & Bulah Rd Remnants: Graham Road Bridge in the Ashtabula County Metropark on Graham Rd Description: Phoenix was a postal & shingle mill town. Graham Road Bridge was constructed with wood salvaged from a former bridge that crossed the west branch of the Ashtabula River & was badly damaged in the 1913 flood.
Sherman – Geneva & Saybrook Township Location: 41.817462 -80.904346 on US 20 approximately halfway between Geneva & Saybrook Remnants: none known Description: Sherman’s status as a town didn’t last long. It isn’t on the 1874 or 1905 county atlases, but can be found on the Ohio map in the 1901 Cram atlas.
Steeles Corners – Cherry Valley Township Location:41.606931 -80.648752 on US 6 at the intersection of Hayes Rd Remnants: none known Description: The Steele family owned the section of land in the northwest corner of the intersection & operated businesses over several decades in the mid 1800s.
Watsons Corners – Colebrook Township Location:41.557506 -80.790356 on Fee Rd at the intersection of W Windsor Rd Remnants: North Colebrook Cemetery south of the GPS coordinates Description: The town was founded by Joseph Mitchell Watson (1822 – 1876) & Mary Jane (Courson) Watson (1821 – 1892). They had 8 children & moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania around 1870. Joseph & Mary Jane are buried in the cemetery.
Harpersfield, OH – (1798 – present farming town with less residents than in the past)
Location: Harpersfield Township, Ashtabula County – On Harpersfield Rd at the intersection of SR 307 (N River Rd)
Classification: small town
In 1798 Revolutionary War veteran Colonel Alexander Harper (1744 – 1798) & Elizabeth (Bartholomew) Harper (1749 – 1833) settled on the banks of the Grand River & built a grist & saw mill. They moved there from Harpersfield, NY which was also named after the family. The Harpers are buried with some of their descendants in Harpersfield Cemetery at the corner of SR 307 (N River Rd) & Harper Valley Ln. There are also several other Revolutionary War veterans & early families from the town buried there. Harpersfield had a post office from 1804 – 1837 & is still a populated area.
A covered bridge was built in 1868 spanning Grand River. At 228 feet, it’s the second longest covered bridge in Ohio & has a small metropark surrounding it. The bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places & highlighted by Ohio Historical Marker # 2 – 4 with some of its history. Ashtabula County also has a covered bridge festival at the fairgrounds every year.
Hartsgrove, OH – (1830 – present farming & merchant town with less residents than in the past)
Classification: small town
Location: Hartsgrove Township, Ashtabula County – At the intersection of US 6 & SR 534
Hartsgrove is more of a historical community than a ghost town, but aside from the cars rolling by, being in the town square feels more like the early 1900s than the early 2000s. The township is also called Hartsgrove but was originally Gladding Township. In 1806, John Gladding (1782 – 1853) & his wife Mary (Ritter) Gladding (1783 – 1853) came from Hartford, Connecticut & settled a farm along SR 534 between Hartsgrove & Windsor. Their son Joseph Gladding (1809 – 1866) & his wife Thankful (Norris) Gladding (1798 – 1878) later settled a few miles north near Hartsgrove & had several children. Half of the township was a wedding gift to one of their descendants, & sometime in the mid to late 1800s the township name was changed from Gladding to Hartsgrove.
The town was organized in 1830 & its post office ran from 1830 – 1905. Its square has a restored general store, the last one room schoolhouse, an old church, former meeting hall, & the Hartsgrove Emporium which housed a US presidents museum. There’s also a nice small park with a gazebo in the middle of the traffic roundabout in the town square. John & Mary Gladding were buried in Windsor Township Cemetery about 5 miles south of Hartsgrove on SR 534. Joseph & Thankful Gladding were buried with several of their ancestors in Hartsgrove Center Cemetery (Hartsgrove Township Cemetery) off of SR 534 just north of the town.
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