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, Ashtabula County & Thompson Township, Geauga County
Post Office: 1890 – 1903
Location: 41.690332 -81.002581    
on Barrett Rd (Co Hwy 70) 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. Orrin L. Keener (1856 – 1892) was the first postmaster. His wife, Eva (Wilson) Keener (1858 – 1939) took on the position after Orrin passed away. They married in 1880, had a few children, & were buried with relatives in Maple Grove Cemetery about 3 miles west of the GPS coordinates on the south side of Thompson Rd (Co Rd 7).

Damon – Windsor Township, Ashtabula County & Huntsburg Township, Geauga County
Post Office: 1896 – 1899
Location: 41.564254 -81.001853
on SR 86 (Plank Rd) at the intersection of Chardon – Windsor Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: This short-lived farming & postal town had a school on the north side of SR 86 west of the GPS coordinates on land owned by the Larson family. C. F. Alexander was the postmaster.

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.

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.

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 Emporium

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.


Ashtabula County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1856 – Ashtabula County Map

1874 – Ashatbula County Atlas

1905 – Ashtabula County Atlas

1878 – History Of Ashtabula County Ohio

1893 – Biographical History Of Northeastern Ohio