Cedarville – Richland Township
Location: unknown, was 50 miles southwest of Columbus
Description: This small farming town had a Baptist church & was listed in the Ohio Gazetteer books from 1929 – 1841.
Macedonia – Washington Township
Post Office: 1871 – 1872
Location: 39.328999 -83.859235
on Macedonia Rd at the intersection of Hunter Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Madedonia was never platted. It had a church, school, blacksmith shop, & about 10 houses in its heyday of the 1870s.
Morgantown – Green Township
Location: 39.345310 -83.711797
on SR 73 between SR 729 & Levo Rd
Remnants: Swingley Farm (Morgantown) Cemetery on the northeast of SR 73 behind the house between SR 729 & Levo Rd
Description: Morgan Van Meter (Matre) (1765 – 1813) & Mary (Pierce) Van Meter were the first settlers in Clinton County & had 10 children. Morgan built a small tavern close to East Fork around 1800, the first opened between Chillicothe & Cincinnati. He was a surveyor & convinced local officials to run a newly proposed road (present day SR 73) through his land. Morgan then constructed a larger tavern & hotel along the road. He passed away in 1813 & is reportedly buried under SR 73 near where the tavern was. The town was later platted in 1816 by Isaac Pearson Jr. & Mary Van Meter but only had a few houses. Residents were buried in Swingley Farm (Morgantown) Cemetery.
Ogles – Liberty Township
Location: 39.540616 -83.831593
on Gano Rd between Hiney Rd & Bailey Rd
Remnants – New Burlington – Oglesbee Cemetery on private property about 500 feet east of McKay Rd south of New Burlington Rd
Description: It was along the Dayton, Toledo, & Ironton Railroad on land owned by Reese Oglesbee (1820 – 1875) & Ann (Shambaugh) Oglesbee (1835 – 1916). They had a couple of children, a nice farm, & were buried with many relatives in New Burlington – Oglesbee Cemetery. The land the cemetery is on was owned by Reese’s parents, John Oglesbee (1786 – 1840) & Sarah (Stump) Oglesbee (1791 – 1873), who were pioneers in the county & had 8 children.
Quinn’s Mills – Wayne Township
Post Office: 1849 – 1852
Location: 39.440084 -83.615746
on Hornbeam Rd at the intersection of SR 729
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by David Quinn (1804 – 1867) who was a farmer, stock dealer, built a grist & saw mill, & was a representative in the state legislature from 1857 – 1858. It also had a school & church. David was buried with relatives in Sugar Grove Cemetery on W Truesdell St in Wilmington.
Jonah’s Run, OH (early 1800s – present farming town)
Classification: small town
Location: Chester Township, Clinton County – On SR 73 at the intersection of Brimstone Rd.
Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Collett (1752 – 1835) & Mary (Haines) Collett (1753 – 1826) had 9 children & were prominent landowners & farmers. They built a log cabin in 1814 & donated 4 acres along State Route 73 for public use. Their children helped establish Jonah’s Run Baptist Church congregation in 1838. The church was built in 1839 & has been added onto & restored a few times. Its accompanying cemetery is about the same age, with stones arranged in very straight rows close to the church. The Collett family wasn’t members of the Quaker Society of Friends, like many of the other residents in the area, but had similar beliefs about alcohol temperance, and 6 of the Collett’s sons married Quaker women.
Jonah’s Run Baptist Church & three local farmhouses were listed on the National Register Of Historic Places in 2006 as the Underwood Farms Rural Historic District. The Underwood Family ran the most successful farms in the hamlet. One of their houses called “The West Brick”, across from the Ohio Renaissance Festival complex on Brimstone Road, was constructed in the early 1850s. On top of growing crops & dairy production, Zehpaniah and Matilda Underwood owned an extensive 70 acre apple orchard. A barn from the enterprise still exists behind their “East Brick” residence on State Route 73 next to the church.
New Burlington, OH – (1803 – 1971 partially abandoned during the Caesar Creek Lake flood control project)
Classification: small town
Location: Chester Township, Clinton County & Spring Valley Township, Greene County – In Caesar Creek State Park on a gravel road (the old main street) just north of the intersection of SR 380 & Roxanna New Burlington Rd
New Burlington is a farming & mill town first settled by Aaron Jenkins (1750 – 1807) who came from Tennessee in 1799. He donated land for the cemetery & was the first person buried there. New Burlington hit its peak population around 400 residents in 1880. The town had a few churches, a post office that ran from 1837-1971, & a train station on the Columbus, Washington, & Cincinnati Railroad (Grasshopper) from 1878 – 1933. It also had several grocery & general stores over the years as well, as everything else the town needed at any given time, including a shoe shop, tailor, tannery, blacksmith, saw mill, planning mill, school & two doctors in the late 1800s.
The last grocery store that existed was located across from where a small set of concrete steps still stand, about 10 feet from the right side of the old main street. The gravel road turns into a concrete road & the main street bridge is the next sight to see. There are plenty of parking spots on the other side.
Some barely visible foundations are in the area & occasionally other objects left behind can be found. During one of our expeditions, we came across a very old 7 ounce soda bottle made by the Star City Bottling Co. of Miamisburg, OH & a nickel hinge from an ice box in a decaying parking lot in the woods. Lawrence Mitchner (1886 – 1973) & Ethel (Compton) Mitchner (1894 – 1964) were the last remaining residents who wouldn’t sell off their land in town before the flood control project began. They are also buried in the cemetery. New Burlington is still a populated area but its center has moved south a bit.
Sabina, OH – (1830 – present farming & tourist town)
Classification: historic town
Location: Richland Township, Clinton County – On US 22 at the intersection of Howard St
Sabina became a tourist destination when an unknown man was found dead & put on display at a local funeral home. Over a million people visited between 1929 & 1964 but no one could identify him. He was named Eugene by the townspeople & was finally laid to rest in Sabina Cemetery. There are also many other cool old sights to see around town & on the outskirts, but Sabina mostly made our historical communities list because of Eugene’s story.