A Twenty-First Century History Of Ohio’s Ghost Towns

Adams County Ohio Ghost Towns

Buck Run – Scott Township
Post Office: 1872 – 1904
Location: 38.985624, -83.579641
on SR 247 at the intersection with Calvary Rd 

Remnants: none known
Description: The post office was originally at Campbell’s Mills on Buck Run & operated out of private residences in later years. Buck Run also had a school (Scott Township No. 6) on the west side of SR 247 north of the GPS coordinates on land donated by the Roberts family. Robert K. Campbell (1818 – 1905) was the first postmaster & later moved to Warren County, Iowa where he was buried with relatives in IOOF Cemetery on US 69 (South Jefferson Way) in Indianola. Robert was succeeded as postmaster by Robert P. Finley (1831 – 1902) who was buried with relatives in Cherry Fork Cemetery on SR 136. S. L. Wikoff was the next postmaster. Irene (Chaney) Roberts (1866 – 1915) was the last postmaster &was buried with relatives & other residents in Mount Calvary Cemetery about 2 miles northwest of the GPS coordinates on the west side of Calvary Rd. 

Burkitts – Brush Creek Township
Post Office: 1835 – 1840
Location: 38.786254, -83.424999
on Cummings Rd (T-148)

Remnants: log church & Burkitt Cemetery at the end of the road, on private property with no visiting allowed
Description: The town was founded by English immigrant Thomas Burkitt (1763 – 1836). He married Polly (Wheeler) Burkitt (1766 – 1820) & had several children before moving to Ohio. Thomas remarried with Hannah (Evans) Burkitt (1777 – 1835) after Polly passed away but didn’t have any children with her. Hannah was laid to rest with relatives in Soldiers Run (Carson / Osman) Cemetery about 20 miles south of the GPS coordinates on private property the west side of SR 125. Thomas & Polly were buried in Burkitt cemetery.

Elizabeth (Elisabethtown) – Wayne Township
Location: 38.899390, -83.595421
on the southeast side of SR 137 between Paint Rd & Potts Rd 

Remnants: none known
Description: Elisabethtown had 96 lots on 7 streets platted by James V. McNeil (1833 – 1913). It appears that few of the lots were ever sold & improved. James was buried in Cherry Fork Cemetery on SR 136.

Evergreen – Meigs Township
Location: 38.919532, -83.402525
on Steam Furnace Rd between Davis Rd & Mineral Springs Rd 

Remnants: Evergreen Church & Cemetery about 1 & 1/2 miles south of SR 32
Description: Evergreen’s main industries were farming & livestock raising.

Fristoes – Meigs Township
Location: 38.896202, -83.453228
on SR 42 along Brush Creek & the land where Brush Creek Motorsports complex now sits 

Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded by Richard Fristoe (1805 – 1885) & Anna (Sample) Fristoe (1805 – 1897) who were farmers & livestock dealers. They were buried in Locust Grove Cemetery on SR 42.

Grimes – Monroe Township
Post Office: 1886 – 1907
Location: 38.676916, -83.453852
between US 52 & the Ohio River on the west side of Ohio Brush Creek 

Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded by Greer Grimes (1803 – 1888) & Sophia (Smith) Grimes (1805 –  1893). Their 400 acre farm was purchased from uncle Noble Grimes’s estate. Greer was also a banker. Anna (Evans) Plummer (1852 – 1923) from Kentucky was the first postmaster. She was buried with relatives in Manchester IOOF Cemetery on Cemetery Rd in Manchester. Cordelia Davis (1864 – 1941) was the last postmaster & was also laid to rest in Manchester IOOF Cemetery. Greer & Sophia Grimes had at least 9 children & were buried in West Union Cemetery on SR 125 (Sunrise Ave) in West Union.

Irvington – Scott Township
Post Office: 1887 – 1898
Location: 38.940004, -83.554702
on Tranquility Pike at the railroad crossing south of SR 770 

Remnants: none known
Description: Irvington was a farming & railroad town that sat on the Cincinnati, Portsmouth, & Virginia Railroad. Robert M. Foster (1830 – 1895) was the first postmaster & was buried with relatives in Mount Leigh Cemetery on SR 247 at the intersection of Mt Leigh Rd. William N. Shelby 1842 – 1905) was the last postmaster & was buried in Tranquility Cemetery on the south side of Old State Rte 32 (Co Rd 100).

Killinstown – Tiffin Township
Location: 38.797355, -83.492266
on SR 125 on the west side of the intersection of Poplar Ridge Rd

Remnants: Seaman Cemetery at the GPS coordinates, historical marker near the cemetery
Description: It was a stagecoach stop town platted in 1802 by Revolutionary War veteran John Killin (1758 – 1844) from Maryland who also ran the tavern & inn. The area had previously been known as Adamsburg. John & Rachel (Harper) Killin were married by Justice Of The Peace Noble Grimes in 1797 & had several children. Aside from the tavern & inn, the town had a general store & was at least mentioned as potentially becoming the county seat. John was buried in Pumpkin Ridge Cemetery (West Union Village Cemetery) on S Cherry St (Pumpkin Ridge Rd).

Kopp – Franklin Township
Post Office: 1902 – 1907
Location: unknown
Description: The proprietors were James D. Kopp (1852 – 1928) & Elizabeth (Thompson) Kopp (1854 – 1926). They had a few children & were buried with relatives in Locust Grove Cemetery on SR 42. James was the town’s postmaster.
 

McCarty – 
Tiffin Township

Location: 38.799014, -83.483000
on SR 125 between Poplar Ridge Rd & Abbott Rd

Remnants: McCarty Cemetery behind Satterfield Chapel
Description: The town was named after the McCarty family in the township. Some of its members were buried in the cemetery.

McCullough – Scott Township
Post Office: 1883 – 1905
Location: 38.930120, -83.515398
along the railroad tracks south of Nichols Ridge Rd 

Remnants: none known
Description: The original proprietors were War Of 1812 veteran Alexander McCullough (1780 – 1858) from Rockbridge County, Virginia & Nancy (McCroskey) McCullough (1780 – 1856). They had 5 children & the next couple of generations continued the tradition of farming & livestock raising in the area. The town land stretched north along Ohio Brush Creek from the Cincinnati, Portsmouth, & Virginia Railroad. Margaret A. McCullough (1851 – 1936) was the postmaster. The McCullough family was laid to rest in Tranquility Cemetery on the south side of Old State Rte 32 (Co Rd 100). 

Moore – Tiffin & Brush Creek Township (formerly Jefferson Township)
Post Office: 1881 – 1894
Location: 38.798683, -83.428245
on SR 348 at the east end of Compton Hill Rd 

Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were descendants of Methodist minister Reverend Joseph Moore (1754 – 1824) & Rebecca (Foster) Moore (1755 – 1838). They were buried in Manchester IOOF Cemetery on Cemetery Rd in Manchester. A. B. Holmes was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by  H. E. Walden.

Mount Leigh – Scott Township
Post Office: 1854 – 1860
Location: 38.955624, -83.573529
on SR 247 at the intersection of Mt Leigh Rd

Remnants: Mount Leigh Cemetery at the GPS coordinates
Description: It was a farming & religious founded by Presbyterians at a busy crossroads in the mid-1800s & had a general store.

Mount Zion – Scott Township
Location: 38.944482, -83.592237
on Mt. Zion Rd between Tri – County Rd & Baxla Rd

Remnants: Mount Zion Cemetery on the southeast side of the road
Description: It was a farming & religious town.

Osman – Tiffin Township
Post Office:  1854 – 1881 & 1888 – 1902
Location: 38.786097, -83.434263
on SR 348 between SR 125 & Compton Hill Rd 

Remnants: Soldiers Run (Carson / Osman) Cemetery on private property on the west side of SR 125 about 1 & 1/2 miles west of the GPS coordinates
Description: It was founded by Simon Osman (1808 – 1876) & Mary Ann (Parks) Osman. They got married in 1832 & had a few children. Simon was tragically was stabbed to death by members of the Easter family on the former wooden “Bloody Bridge” (Forge Dam Bridge) crossing Ohio Brush Creek on SR 125. As the story goes, the Osman & Easter families had already been feuding for many years. Local residents were having a picnic & celebration for the completion & opening of the newly constructed bridge in 1876. Simon had likely indulged in a bit too much alcohol & began crossing the bridge before the dedication ceremony began. James Easter & his sons took offense to that & started brawling with Simon. James stabbed Simon several times & one of Simon’s sons stabbed James Easter in return. Simon died from his wounds & the Easter family reportedly crossed the Ohio River to hide out in Kentucky. The town had a school on the northeast side of SR 125 about a 1/4 mile northwest of the GPS coordinates & a church on Satterfield Rd southeast of the cemetery. The post office moved around to the residences of the postmaster. The known holders of the office were David S. Black, William W. Ellison, W. W. Smith, Daniel Sutterfield, Cary A. McGovern, & John W. Jones.

Plum – Meigs Township
Location: 38.949129, -83.366259
along the railroad tracks off of Plum Run south of SR 32
Remnants: none known
Description: Plum was a farming & railroad town that sat on the Cincinnati, Portsmouth, & Virginia Railroad.

Shimar – Meigs Township
Location: unknown
Description: none found

 
Stephens – Sprigg Township
Post Office: 1884 – 1907
Location: 38.671925, -83.688915
on Old State Rd (Township Hwy T-2A) at the intersection of Ridgeland Ln
Description: James King was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by House B. Mitchell (1864 – 1950). House was buried with relatives in Manchester IOOF Cemetery on Cemetery Rd in Manchester.

Waggoners Ripple – Green Township
Post Office: 1845 – 1906
Location: 38.712574, -83.442411
near the intersection of Abner Hollow Rd & Waggoner Riffle Rd 

Remnants: none known
Description: The town was established in 1842. Its known postmasters were Jesse Wikoff, John Beach, David Pennywitt, William W. Ellison, William Turtwangler, & Franklin Ellison.

Washington – Monroe Township
Location: 38.678461, -83.456419
between US 52 & the Ohio River on the west side of Ohio Brush Creek 

Remnants: none known 
Description: Washington was platted with 84 lots in 1800 by Noble Grimes, who was a justice of the peace & owned 1,000 acres. The town also had a large log courthouse & jail & was intended to be the future county seat, but West Union won that contest in 1803. Washington didn’t last much longer. Noble was buried on the farm’s “river hill”.

Allen County Ohio Ghost Towns

Alnora – Monroe Township 
Location: 40.889986, -84.109959
on Rd 13 at the intersection of Morris Rd along the old railroad path running parallel to Rt 12 between Vaughnsville & Columbus Grove 
Remnants: none known
Description: It was a farming & railroad town which sat on the Northern Ohio Railway. The tracks are long gone but the path can be still be seen on satellite maps.

Armstrong – Amanda Township 
Post Office: 1872 – 1884
Location: 40.707929, -84.278377
on Armstrong Rd off of Spencerville Rd
Remnants: Amanda Church & Cemetery on S Conant Rd, Agape Fellowship Ministries on Armstorng Rd, a few other old buildings in the area 
Description: Armstrong was founded around 1842 when a flour mill was built by Tone & Co. The post office moved to Conant when the new village won the bid for a train station on the Chicago & Atlantic Railroad. Armstrong got left in the dust.

Bath – Bath Township
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Blue Lick – Bath Township 
Post Office: 1854 – 1875
Location: 40.789007, -84.051317
on E Bluelick Rd at the intersection of Slabtown Rd 
Remnants: general store still in operation at the intersection, Blue Lick United Methodist Church & Cemetery west of the store on the south side of E Bluelick Rd Description: Named after the natural salt infused springs in the area, it’s technically a former town but the area still goes by the same name.

Cramersville – Marion Township 
Post Office: 1858 – 1859 
Location: 40.803064, -84.309466
on Bliss Rd near the intersection with Lehman Rd 
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by the Cramer family that lived in the area. Reuben & Dahn Cramer still owned land there in 1880.

Donnels – Auglaize Township 
Post Office: 1857 – 1860
Location: unknown
Description: It was founded by the Donnels a branch of the family in the county. The surname also has alternative spellings.

Gallatin 
Post Office: 1839 – 1851
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Gilderoy
Post Office: 1874 – 1875
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Hartford – Amanda Township
Location: 40.739498, -84.316236
on N Defiance Trail between the jog in Allentown Rd (SR 81) 
Remnants: Hartford Christian Church & Cemetery at the GPS coordinates
Description: Hartford was a farming & religious town founded & named by Christian settlers who bought lots from a land company out of Hartford, CT. Most of the residents moved to Spencerville when it was platted as the Miami & Erie Canal opened there in 1844.

Middle Spring – Amanda Township 
Post Office: 1861 – 1865
Location: unknown
Description: It was a farming & postal town named after a local spring.

Needmore – Marion Township
Location: 40.779438, -84.307854
on Defiance Trail N at the intersection of Bloomlock Rd 
Remnants: old part of Marion Baptist Church with a newer addition near the intersection
Description: none found

Rogues – Sugar Creek or American Township (formerly German)
Location: unknown – was between Gomer & Lima
Descrpiton: By definition of the word, it may have been a tramp or shanty village & considered a rough area.

Sugar Creek Settlement – Bath Township
Location: 40.788396, -84.102164
on E Bluelick Rd between N West St (SR 65) & N Sugar St 
Remnants: historical marker at GPS coordinates, Sugar Creek Church & Pioneer Cemetery next to it
Description: Bath was founded in 1824 by Christopher Stark Wood (1772 – 1855). It was the first settlement in Allen County & the township grew out of the settlement. Christopher later moved to Indiana.

Sulphur Springs
Location: unknown, was northwest of Lima
Description: The town was named after the natural sulfur infused springs in the area.

Tawa Town (Tauwas) – Amanda Township
Location: 40.685867, -84.262296
along the Auglaize River near Deep Cut Rd
Remnants: two historical markers at the GPS coordinates
Description: It was a native town abandoned c. 1817 & was along the easiest canoe route going from Lake Erie to the Ohio River.

Townsend – Perry Township
Location: unknown, was in section 3 of Perry Township
Description: none found

Ashland County Ohio Ghost Towns

Albany
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Bunns Settlement – Mohican Township
Location: 40.791765, -82.156485
on County Rd 1975 at the intersection of Co Rd 175 along Glenn Run
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded in 1809 by Benjamin Bunn (1781 – 1855) & Margaret (Hyatt) Bunn (1782 – 1843). They built a log fort blockhouse with their neighbors in 1812 for protection from the local Native Americans. Benjamin was a blacksmith by trade & enlisted to serve in the War Of 1812. The family later moved to Illinois.

Elizabethtown – Perry Township
Location: 40.858035, -82.143844
on US 250 between Rowsburg & Muddy Fork
Remnants: none known
Description: Elizabethtown was intended to be the first platted village in the township. John Raver who built the first grist & saw mill in the county put up undeveloped lots for sale around 1815 but never made any progress.

Friends
Location: unknown
Post Office: 1854 – 1858
Description: none found

Ganges
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Johnstown (Jeromestown) – Mohican Township
Location: 40.791383, -82.202373
between County Rd 2175 & Jerome Fork 1/2 mile to a mile southwest of Jeromesville
Remnants: none known
This Native American settlement had around 200 residents, a council house, & 60 – 80 wigwam houses. It was abandoned when the War Of 1812 started.

Perote – Orange Township
Post Office: 1851 – 1865
Location: 40.970160, -82.310738
on Co Rd 620 at the intersection of SR 51
Remnants: none known
Description: The town proprietors were Mr. & Mrs. A.C. Fast who came to Ohio from Pennsylvania & owned most of the land in the area.

Ruggles Corners – Ruggles Township
Post Office: 1828 – 1904
Location: 41.029550, -82.392648
at the intersection of US 224 & Rt 60
Remnants: Ruggles Township Cemetery on US 224,  many old buildings around the area
Description: Ruggles Corners is technically a ghost town but the area still goes by the same name. It was founded by War Of 1812 veteran Daniel Beach (1785 – 1862) & Lorinda Beach (1788 – 1856) who were farmers from Connecticut. The town was named after surveyor Almon Ruggles (1771 – 1840) who was also from Connecticut. Daniel & Lorinda were buried in Ruggles Township Cemetery.

South Loudonville – Hanover Township
Location: 40.623469, -82.241792
on SR 3 along the Black Fork of the Mohican River southwest of Loudonville
Description: South Loudonville was a former separate town which was annexed into Loudonville.

Tunker Settlement – Montgomery Township
Location:  unknown, was in section 16 of Montgomery Township
Description: The town was founded by German Baptist immigrants known as Tunkers.

Uncas – Hanover Township
Location: 40.596187, -82.242915
on County Highway 3175 along the Mohican River
Remnants: none known 
Uncas was a relatively small town, but important enough to get listed in the 1901 George Cram Atlas.

West Loudonville – Hanover Township
Location: 40.641455, -82.242607
on N Mt Vernon Avenue along the Black Fork of the Mohican River northwest of Loudonville
Description: It was another formerly separate town that got annexed into Loudonville as it grew.

Williamsburg – Vermillion Township
Location: 40.772935, -82.300578
on County Rd 30A  approximately 2 miles west of Hayesville
Remnants: none known
Description: Robert Williams made a proposal for the first platted village in the township in 1829 but it never ended up happening.

Ashtabula County Ohio Ghost Towns

Anderson – Pierpont Township
Location: 41.726667, -80.582565
on Anderson Rd (Township Hwy 301) between Stanhope – Kelloggsville Rd (Co Hwy 33) & SR 7 (Conneaut Youngstown Rd)
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were Civil War veteran George S. Anderson (1823 – 1889) & Mary Ann (Lintz) Anderson (1833 – 1909. They were both born in Pennsylvania, owned a 130 acre farm with 2 lots on the north side of the GPS coordinates, & had 3 children. George served in the 105th Ohio Volunteer Infantry & received a disability related discharge before becoming a farmer. The road was named after the family. George & Mary were laid to rest with relatives 3 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates in Evergreen Cemetery on Cemetery Rd in Pierpont. Their son George (1858 – 1924) was a prominent physician in the county. Another son, Frank (1858 – 1902) purchased a farm on the south side of the GPS coordinates, & their daughter Catherine (Anderson) Pottenger (1868 – 1948) continued farming on the old homestead.

Barnes Corners – Trumbull Township
Location: 41.678110, -80.910368    
on Windsor – Mechanicsville Rd (Co Hwy 9) at the intersection of Riverdale Rd (Township Hwy 69)
Remnants: Riverdale (Barnes) (Cogswell) Cemetery in the woods on the south side of Riverdale Rd just west of the GPS coordinates
Description: It was named after the local Barnes (Barns) family & had a Catholic church in the northwest corner of the intersection. There was also a saw mill & a school on the south side of Riverdale Rd across the border in Morgan Township in the mid-1800s. The church & mill were gone prior to publication of the 1874 county atlas. Some members of the Barnes & Cogswell families, which were related by marriage, are interred in the cemetery. Neither of the families had any members left living in the area when the 1905 county atlas was published. Unfortunately, the cemetery isn’t in great shape these days due to slowly being overtaken by nature. Burials date back to at least the 1830s.

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.

Fargo – Ashtabula Township
Location: 41.865919, -80.772517
on State St at the intersection of E 44th St
Remnants: Edgewood Cemetery on the west side of State St just north of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was founded by Jason Fargo (1790 – 1861) from Massachusetts & Clarissa (Harmon) Fargo (1801 – 1880). They got married in 1817, had several children, & owned a 156 acre farm. Jason was also the first township trustee. In the late 1800s, there was an express post office for Fargo on the New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (Nickel Plate Road) along the tracks just south of the GPS coordinates. Express offices didn’t have an appointed postmaster. Mail was normally hung in a bag on a pole & grabbed by a train attendant with a hook as they rolled by without stopping. Jason & Clarissa were buried in Edgewood Cemetery with some of their children, including Dan & Lucius who owned a very prosperous 570 acre farm.

Iona – Windsor Township
Post Office: 1898 – 1903
Location: 41.508649, -80.972898  
on S Windsor Rd at the 4-way intersection of S Wiswell Rd & Girdle Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Iona was a farming & postal town with a little village clustered around the GPS coordinates. It had a school (Windsor Township No. 1) in the northeast corner of the intersection on land donated by Samuel N. Sweet (1810 – 1891) & Olive (Ellis) Sweet (1813 – 1879) from New York. They moved to Trumbull County & were buried there with relatives in Fariview (Center) Cemetery on SR 534 (Phelps Creek Rd) in Mesopotamia. A Wesleyan Methodist church was in the southeast corner of the intersection on land donated by Benjamin W. Norris (1793 – 1876) from Connecticut. He was laid to rest with relatives in Windsor Township (Windsor Corners) Cemetery 4 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates on the west side of Noble Rd in Windsor. George G. Bacon (1860 – 1942) was the postmaster. He married Addie (Lampson) Bacon (1865 – 1939) from Meigs County & had 3 children. George & Addie later moved to Portage county & were buried there in Riverside Cemetery at the intersection of Allyn Rd & Winchell Rd in Hiram Township. 

Osbornville (Phoenix) – Pierpont Township
Post Office: 1856 – 1860 & 1862 – 1903
Location: 41.790083, -80.623702 
on Stanhope – Kelloggsville Rd at the intersection of Beckwith Rd along West Branch Ashtabuala River
Remnants: Graham Road Bridge about a mile southeast of the intersection on Graham Rd
Description: The town was in the northwest corner of the township in the section on the southeast side of the GPS coordinates. Its original proprietor was an M. Osborn who built a grist mill, saw mill, general store, & ran the post office. The name changed to Pheonix & had a post office by that name from 1862 – 1903. A shingle mill at the site was owned by Patrick & Hollister. Alfred Hollister (1821 – 1902) was the postmaster for over 40 years. He was succeeded by Charles H. Burkhart & Calvin H. Barber was the last postmaster. As quickly as Osbornville hit the maps, Pheonix disappeared just as fast after the post office closed & didn’t make it into the 1905 county atlas. Graham Road Bridge was constructed with wood salvaged from a former covered bridge that crossed West Branch Ashtabula River & was badly damaged in the Great Flood Of 1913. The bridge was moved to its current spot for preservation in 1972.

Padens Mills – Monroe Township
Location: 41.884292, -80.618799
Remnants: none known
on State Rd at the intersection of Hatches Corners Rd

Description: The Paden family were Quakers who also owned 400 acres of land with a saw mill along Paden Creek in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Jacob Paden was the patriarch & arrived in Monroe Township in 1805 or 1806. He constructed the first saw mill & grist mill in the township next to Bear Creek Waterfall in 1807. The grist mill was enlarged & improved in 1810 – 1811. The first distillery in the township was built by Jacob in partnership with William B. Frazier close to the mills. Jacob also owned the first general store in the township at the mill site. It was a small store, but certainly much better than nothing in those times. State Road Bridge just to the north of the GPS coordinates was constructed in 1983.

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. Its only known cartographic appearance was on the Ohio map in the 1901 George Cram atlas along the New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (Nickel Plate Road).

Steeles Corners – Cherry Valley Township
Location: 41.606931, -80.648752   
on US 6 at the intersection of Hayes Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Its original proprietors were Jesse Steele (1788 – 1853) & Theodocia (Woodruff) Steele (1787 – 1870s). They moved to Ohio from Connecticut, arrived in Ashtabula County in 1816, & had a few children. The family moved to Cherry Valley Township in 1827. There was a general store & a blacksmith shop in the northwest corner of the intersection in the mid-1800s. Alpheus W. Steele (1818 – 1907), a son of Jesse & Theodocia, owned a watch & jewelry repair shop at the same corner in the late 1800s. Steeles Corners faded out of existence prior to 1900 while being squeezed between the more popular towns of Cherry Valley & West Andover which are less than 3 miles apart. Alpheus was buried with relatives in Oakdale Cemetery 13 miles northwest of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of SR 167 (E Beech St) & N Market St in Jefferson. Jesse was buried with relatives in Cherry Valley Cemetery on the north side of US 6 about 1/2 of a mile west of the GPS coordinates. It’s unknown where Theodocia was buried. 

Watsons Corners – Colebrook Township
Location: 41.557506, -80.790356   
on Fee Rd at the intersection of W Windsor Rd
Remnants: North Colebrook Cemetery on Fee Rd just 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, & owned an 80 acre farm in the southwest lot of the intersection. A school was on their farm on the south side of W Windsor Rd west of the GPS coordinates. Joseph & Mary Jane were buried with relatives in the cemetery.

Athens County Ohio Ghost Towns

Alexander (Southtown) – Alexander Township
Post Office: 1825 – 1850
Location: unknown, was 6 miles south of Athens
Description: This first settlement in the township had the nickname “Southtown” as it was the next populated area south of Athens. Unfortunately the early township records were lost in a fire around 1827.

Big Hocking (Hockingport) – Troy Township
Post Office: 1836 – 1837
Location: 39.188080, -81.752083
on SR 124 at the junction of the Hocking River & Ohio River
Description: Big Hocking is listed as a ghost town in several places online but it’s only due to a name change. Hockingport was called Big Hocking from 1836 – 1839.

Bolins Mills (Bolens Mills) – Knox Township, Vinton County (was in Athens prior to 1850)
Location: 39.233498, -82.291437
on Bolins Mill Rd north off US 50 along Raccoon Creek
Remnants: Weaver Chapel & Cemetery on Weaver Church Rd
Description: The town had a one-room schoolhouse & a cooper shop on the south side of Ponetown Rd just west of the GPS coordinates owned by Bernard Hampshire (1829 – 1877) & Angeline (Humphrey) Hampshire Graves (1845 – 1920). She remarried after Bernard passed away. They were buried with relatives in Fairview Cemetery about 1 & 1/2 miles south of the GPS coordinates in Fairview Cemetery on the west side of Fairview Rd. The town’s last postmaster was Samuel Smiley Duffy (Duffee) (1863 – 1940) from Hocking County. He later moved to Franklin County & was buried with relatives in Greenlawn Cemetery on Greenlawn Ave in Columbus.

Brettland (Bretland) (Lick Run) – York Township
Post Office: 1875 – 1882
Location: 39.452791, -82.277778
on SR 278 on the south side of the Hocking River & ran south along the Hocking County border
Remnants: none known
Description: This coal mining town had a school, company store, & a train station for the Lick Run Coal Works on the Lick Run Switch of the Columbus & Hocking Valley Railroad. Old road paths from the town can be seen on satellite maps.

Deans
Location: unknown
Description: The town was named after the Dean family in the area.

Detroit – Canaan Township
Location: 39.311616, -81.978089
on Canaanville Rd off US 50 between Buckley Run Rd & Mine Rd
Remnants: no known
Description: Detroit was sort of a suburb of Canaanville & had a train station on the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad built in 1875.

Englishtown –  York Township
Post Office: 1821 – 1823
Location: 39.456951, -82.225953
on Poplar St in the east side of Nelsonville
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by George Courtauld (1767 – 1823) who was a wealthy silk & textile manufacturer from England. The land was purchased in 1818 & George persuaded some of his friends to move there. He operated a store & post office until his untimely death. Most of the residents moved back to England & the post office moved to Nelsonville.

Ewing
Location: unknown
Description: It was named after the Ewing family in the county.

Floodwood Station – York Township
Post Office: 1871 – 1913
Location: 39.414516, -82.198205
on Monk Rd between SR 691 & the Hocking River along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway
Remnants: remains of the dam in the Hocking River, former railroad trestle, building foundations, & loose building bricks in the area
Description: The town started out with farming & mills then boomed when coal was discovered in the area. It had two iron furnaces, a train station on the Columbus, Hocking Valley, & Toledo Railroad, & several mines owned by Burton B. Sheffield who founded the Floodwood Coal Co. It was hit hard by the Great Flood Of 1913. New Floodwood across the Hocking River where the employees lived is still a populated town.

Goose Run – Trimble Township
Location: 39.493958, -82.151535
on Goose Run Rd east off SR 78
Remnants: Bethel Ridge Cemetery off Goose Run Rd
Description: Many of the residents worked in the mining industry & were buried in Bethel Ridge Cemetery.

Harmony – Canaan Township
Location: 39.326592, -82.005669
on Harmony Rd west of S Canaan Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded in 1836 by business tycoon Samuel B. Pruden (1798 – 1863) who built an oil mill, grist & saw mill, & a salt works.

Hixon – Ames Township
Post Office: 1880 – 1901
Location: 39.416392, -82.052173
between Lafollette Rd &  Bryson Branch
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: Town proprietor Peter Hixon (1821 – 1902) moved to Ames Township from Pennsylvania at an early age. He was one of the biggest land owners in Athens County with over 800 acres & had much success in raising large numbers of livestock on the fine grazing land. The family surname was sometimes spelled Hixson. Peter was buried with relatives in Hooper Ridge Cemetery on Hooper Ridge Rd.

Hocking – Waterloo Township
Post Office: 1870 – 1877
Location: 39.367708, -82.265328
on Hocking St off SR 56 between Mineral & Carbondale
Remnants: none known
Description: Hocking lost its status as a town but looks like it was never completely abandoned. It had a train station on the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad.

Horton
Post Office: 1861 – 1863
Location: unknown
Description: It was named after the Horton family in the area.

Ingham (Ingham Station) – Waterloo Township, Athens County & Brown Township, Vinton County
Post Office: 1903 – 1904

Location: 39.311475, -82.300541
on the former railroad path between Rockcamp Rd & Hope – Moonville Rd
Remnants: electric poles lining the former railroad path, mine shaft entrances, & mining tools on hiking trails off the former railroad path
Description: The town was between Moonville & Kings Station on the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad (later bought by the B & O). It’s about a 1 & 1/3 mile hike on the former railroad path from both Moonville Tunnel & Kings Hollow Tunnel with comparable difficulty in making the creek crossings where the train trestles have since been removed. Ingham was founded in 1856 by brothers W. J. & J. M. Ingham. It had a school, general store, train station, coal tipple, & several residences scattered about the area along with a few buildings & structures for the mining industry. The mail went through Kings Station post office from 1865 until it was discontinued in 1894. Ingham had its own office from 1903 – 1904 with William M. Jaynes serving as the postmaster. The town was abandoned around 1914 shortly after the mines closed. Trains continued to roll through the area until the railroad line, owned by CSX at the time, was officially abandoned in 1987 & the tracks were disassembled the following year. There are some foundations, mine shaft entrances, & other remnants along the hiking trails off of the railroad path.

Kings Station – Waterloo Township
Post Office: 1857 – 1892
Location: 39.319832, -82.284417
at the intersection of Rockcamp Rd & King Hollow Trail at the former railroad crossing
Remnants: Kings Hollow Tunnel northeast of the GPS coordinates on the former railroad path
Description: Kings Station was another coal mining town with a train station on the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad (later bought by the B & O). It was northeast of Moonville & Ingham (Ingham Station), which were on the same railroad line, & had the same fate in becoming a ghost town. The hollow was named after the King family in the area. Although the previous generation of the family started the coal enterprise, Silas D. King (1840 – 1909) was the head proprietor for most of its existence. He married Sarah (Lyons) King (1851 – 1933) & had at least 2 children. The town was on the southwest side of its wood railroad tunnel which was built in 1855 – 1856 & is a rare sight to see in Ohio. It had a general store, row of wooden houses, a school, coal tipple, blacksmith shop, & a post office from 1865 – 1894. Irwin R. King was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by Samuel H. King (1838 – 1914) who was buried with relatives 5 miles east of the GPS coordinates in New Marshfield Cemetery on Co Rd 6. Elmer G. Biddison (1863 – 1938) was the last postmaster & was buried in Athens (West Union Street Cemetery) in Athens. Silas & Sarah were laid to rest in Elk (McArthur) Cemetery on SR 93 (N Market St) in McArthur.

Laurel Hill – York Township
Location: 39.455024, -82.269586
between SR 278 & the Hocking River
Remnants: mine shafts in the section of land between SR 278 & Wolfe – Bennett Rd
Description: Laurel Hill was a coal works town on the east side of Brettland with its own mining industry. It had a company store & a train station on the Columbus & Hocking Valley Railroad. Old road paths can be seen on satellite maps.

Linscott – Ames Township, Athens County & Homer Township, Morgan County
Post Office: 1878 – 1903
Location: 39.460913, -82.043498
on Hooper Ridge Rd (Co Rd 86) at the intersection of Boudinot Ln
Remnants: Concord Church & Cemetery 1 miles south of the GPS Coordinates on Kasler Creek
Description: This small farming & postal town was founded by the Linscott family from Maine which owned land in both Ames & Homer Township. Albert W. Wolfe (1848 – 1926) was the postmaster. He moved to Franklin County & was buried with relatives in Green Lawn Cemetery on Greenlawn Ave in Columbus. The present Concord Church brick structure was completed in 1895. Some members of the Linscott family were buried in Concord & Hooper Ridge Cemeteries in Ames Township.

Lyda (Lydia) – Troy Township
Post Office: 1889 – 1904
Location: 39.181137, -81.779916
on Lydia Rd along the border of Meigs County
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: Lyda was a tiny town. Residences & businesses stretched north up Township Highway 420 & Lyndon Rd. It’s listed as Lyda in the 1901 Cram Atlas & a few other places online, but might have really been spelled Lydia like the road name.

Marshallville – Trimble Township
Location: 39.554563, -82.141226
on Johnson Run Rd (County Rd 68) at the intersection of Indian Run Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town proprietor was an E. Marshall who owned a section of land southeast of the GPS coordinates. Many of the residents were buried in Walnut Grove (Maxwell) Cemetery & Beech Grove (Conn Church) Cemetery on Township Highway 435 in Monroe Township, Perry County. Both of the cemeteries are listed on findagrave.com with more location info.

Medill – Lee Township
Post Office: 1858 – 1865
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Mortonville – Trimble Township
Location: unknown, was west of Glouster
Description: none found

Mud Sock (Mudsock) – Ames Township
Post Office: 1821 – 1837
Location: 39.396667, -81.963194
on SR 550 1/2 mile west of Amesville
Remnants: Mud Sock (Amesville) Cemetery at the GPS Coordinates
Description: It was founded by Colonel Silas Dean (1767- 1810), settled by members of the Ohio Land Company, & served as a stagecoach stop. Silas’s nephew Colonel Nathan Dean Jr. (1788 – 1837) acquired some of the land after Silas died. Nathan was a brickmaker, freemason, businessman, & ran the general store & post office. Mudsock was abandoned shortly before Amesville sprang up.

Mount Auburn – Trimble & Dover Township
Location: 39.465107, -82.113985
on SR 685 at the intersection of Greens Run Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Mount Auburn was founded by Reverend Jonathan Perkins Weethee (1812 – 1899). He wrote a book in 1849 & built Weethee College in 1861, just a couple of his many accomplishments. Jonathan was buried in Nye Cemetery on SR 13 in Chauncey.

New Bern – Bern Township
Location: 39.368458, -81.909943
on Felton Rd at the intersection with Brawley Rd
Remnants: Wilson Chapel & Sand Rock Cemetery north of the GPS coordinates
Description: New Bern was a farming town. Residents were buried in Sand Rock Cemetery.

Raccoon
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Rock Oak
Post Office: 1856 – 1871
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Salina – Dover Township
Post Office: 1866 – 1894
Location: 39.381976, -82.144201   
between LeMaster Rd & US 33
Remnants: none known
Description: Salina was a decent sized town that had a little bit of everything. Some residents were employed the salt works of M.M. Greene & Co. There was also a surface coal mine, shaft coal mine, grist mill, & a saw mill.

Sparta
Location: unknown
Description: Sparta was listed as a small village in the 1837 Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guide.

Auglaize County Ohio Ghost Towns

Amsterdam – German Township (formerly in Mercer County)
Location: 40.422303, -84.378132   

on Amsterdam Rd at the intersection SR 66 (S Washington St)
Remnants: none known
Description: Amsterdam was platted by German immigrants with 65 lots in 1837 along the Miami & Erie Canal. It had around 20 houses, several stores, a grist mill, & a distillery. The town was abandoned after a cholera epidemic in 1849. Over 100 residents perished from the disease. Although often paraphrased from the county history books & other resources, we rarely include quoted texts in the town listings, but deemed it historically necessary in this case. David Armstrong of Saint Marys (1833 – 1924) was around 16 years old when he witnessed the town’s extinction & later stated in the last remaining year or so of his life as follows concerning Amsterdam. “The settlement continued until visited by the cholera scourge in 1849, when the entire population of the village was exterminated. No man, woman or child escaped the ravages of the awful disease. There was no human being left to carry on. Their habitations decayed, returned to dust, and Amsterdam became a rapidly vanishing memory.  Its former location is now no more than countryside and its fields of waving grain voice no echo of the time when busy housewives there plied a daily care, when prattling children were engaged in the amusements of their age, and where crude forefathers of the hamlet regarded it as a metropolis in embryo. Amsterdam is a ghost town of a past whereof no chronicles were written.” The residents were interred in a mass grave across from Saint Paul’s Church in New Bremen on N Herman St. A public park was built over the graveyard in 1948 & the remaining headstones were laid flat & buried. Amsterdam’s former plat was annexed into New Bremen in 1876.

Bay – Moulton & Washington Township
Location: 40.554254, -84.277848  
on Bay Rd at the former railroad crossing between Plant Pike & Washington Pike Rd (Co Hwy 130)
Remnants: Zion (Lutheran) Cemetery on private property just northeast of the GPS coordinates on the south side of Plant Pike
Description: The proprietors were Revered William E. Bay (1832 – 1909) from Ohio & Elizabeth (Motter) Bay (1834 – 1905) from Pennsylvania. They got married in 1851, had 9 children including 3 who passed away before their parents, & owned a 65 acre farm on the northwest side of the GPS coordinates in the late 1800s to early 1900s. William became an ordained minister in 1861 & did missionary work for the United Brethren Church while traveling to Kentucky, Tennessee, & Ontario, Canada at various times throughout his career. William & Elizabeth were laid to rest with relatives about 3 miles east of the GPS coordinates in Greenlawn Cemetery on the SR 67 (Plant Pike) in Wapakoneta. The Toledo & Ohio Central Railroad rolled through the area in the early 1900s, but it arrived too late to make an impact on Bay which was never platted & couldn’t compete with the nearby towns of Moulton or Wapakoneta. Bay was mostly a memory by then, & its GPS coordinates could have just as aptly been pinpointed to the north at the intersection of Plant Pike & Bay Rd which would coincide more with its heyday.

Bingville – Union Township
Location: 40.629652, -84.003523
on Buckland Holden Rd between Graham Rd & Santa Fe Line Rd (Co Hwy 251)
Remnants: old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: Bingville was on the Ohio Electric Railway in the early 1900s. It had a store near the GPS coordinates, which has since been demolished, & a school in the southeast corner of the intersection of Buckland Holden Rd & Graham Rd where Voice Of Victory Chruch presently stands. The railway passed through a 127 acre farm, the largest in the area at the time, owned by Dennis Horn (1848 – 1933) & Lunetta (Dudgeon) Horn (1849 – 1939) on the southeast side of the GPS coordinates. Dennis & Lunetta had several children & were buried with many relatives in Fairmount Cemetery 3 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates on the north side of Fairmount Rd (Co Hwy 180). The train tracks have also been removed, but the former path can be on satellite maps heading northwest from Waynesfield.
Thanks to Photos & Memories Of Waynesfield-Ohio on Facebook for providing the location info for Bingville!

Layton – Union Township
Post Office: 1895 – 1904
Location: unknown
Description: This short-lived postal & farming town was listed on the Ohio map in the 1901 George Cram Atlas, but we have as of yet been unable to pinpoint its location. John C. Harrod (1863 – 1937) was the first postmaster. He married Addie (Greer) Murray (1867 – 1934) in 1887, had a few children, & owned a couple of lots in Union Township during the time period in question. John & Addie were laid to rest in Fairmount Cemetery on the north side of Fairmount Rd (Co Hwy 180) between Boundary Rd & Wrestle Creek Rd. Isaac J. Murray  (1850 – 1913) from Fayette County, Pennsylvania was the last postmaster & was buried with relatives in Sugar Ridge Cemetery on the north side of SR 613 in Leipsic, Putnam County.

Mohrmansville – German Township
Location: 40.443328, -84.375089   
on Lock 2 North Rd (Township Hwy 55A) near the intersection of Klee Ave
Description: The town was founded in 1838 by German immigrant Bernard H. Mohrman (1798 – 1870). He was buried with relatives in German (Lock Two) Cemetery a mile north of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Lock 2 Rd (County Hwy 70) & New Bremen New Knoxville Rd. The area was annexed into New Bremen in 1876.

Ober Bremen – German Township
Location: 40.432178, -84.379501   
on S Washington St on the east side of New Bremen
Remnants: none known
Description: Ober Bremen was founded by German immigrants Gerhard Ellerman (1811 – 1888) & Anna (Uphaus) Ellerman (1814 – 1891). It was platted in 1853 & was annexed into New Bremen in 1876. Gerhard & Anna were buried with relatives in German (Lock Two) Cemetery at the intersection of Lock 2 Rd (County Hwy 70) & New Bremen New Knoxville Rd.

Petersburg – Pusheta Township (formerly in Allen County)
Location: 40.497000, -84.162952   
on Santa Fe – New Knoxville Rd between Cemetery Rd & Rupert Rd
Remnants: Petersburg Cemetery on the north side of the GPS coordinates, historical markers on the roadside & in the cemetery
Description: Petersburg was the site of the first Roman Catholic congregation in the township which was established as Saints Peter & Paul in 1835. German immigrants John Ruppert (1795 – 1880) & Anna (Roth) Ruppert (1795 – 1882), who arrived in the area in 1833, deeded land for a church in 1836 along with 40 acres to the congregation. Its first structure was a log cabin completed later that year. The town was platted on the 40 acres in 1852 but none of the lots sold. As membership in the congregation was declining, the log church was replaced with a brick structure at a different location in 1869 in the hope of creating new growth. The original log church was destroyed by a fire in 1884. A nice monument was placed next to Petersburg Cemetery at the spot of the altar in 1892. The congregation disbanded in 1897 & its brick church was subsequently dismantled. The county’s Petersburg Parishes was formed in 2009 in honor of the local history. John & Anna Ruppert were buried with relatives 2 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates in Saint Johns (Fryburg) Cemetery on the east side of Wapak – Freyburg Rd. George Ruppert (1845 – 1918) & German immigrant Anna (Kaufmann) Rupert (1855 – 1934) got married in 1871, acquired the 40 acre church & cemetery site, & expanding their surrounding farm to 150 acres. They had a few children & were also laid to rest in Saint Johns (Fryburg) Cemetery.

Pusheta Town – Moulton Township
Location: 40.566560, -84.229242   
on the north side of Fox Ranch Rd at the confluence of Pusheta Creek & the Auglaize River
Remnants: Pusheta Cemetery about 1/3 of a mile south of the GPS coordinates between SR 67 & US 33
Description: It was a Native American town led by Big Captain Johnny, as he was affectionately called. Big Captain Johnny was described as being somewhere around 7 feet tall & served as a scout & spy for the U. S. Army under General Harrison during the War Of 1812. He reportedly died in 1819 & was buried in a native cemetery on the west side of Pusheta Creek near the confluence of the Auglaize River. Pusheta Cemetery probably isn’t the same place & has interments of pioneers who lived in the area after Big Captain Johnny’s tribe moved on. 

Rinehart (Rineharts) – Union Township
Post Office: 1856 – 1872
Location: 40.600503, -84.032290   
on SR 67 at the intersection of Wrestle Creek Rd
Remnants: Rinehart House in the northeast corner of the intersection, Mount Lookout (Rinehart) Cemetery on the south side of SR 67 about 1/3 of a mile east of the intersection, former one- room schoolhouse a mile east of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was founded by Hugh T. Rinehart (1813 – 1891) & Juliana (Godfrey) Rinehart (1812 – 1881) who moved to Ohio from Virginia & were pioneers of the township. Hugh was a farmer, blacksmith, & the town’s postmaster. Their house was built in 1861 & was added to the National Register Of Historic Places in 1978. The town also had a couple of local schools & a church. Union Township School No. 6 (formerly No. 9) is a mile east of the GPS coordinates on the south side of SR 67 across from the intersection of Graham Rd. As with the Rinehart House, it’s presently a private residence. Union Township School No. 5 (formerly No. 8) & a Lutheran church were on the south side of SR 67 a mile west of the GPS coordinates & have since been lost to time. Hugh & Juliana were buried with some of their children in Mount Lookout (Rinehart) Cemetery.

Vogelsangtown – German Township
Location: 40.432292, -84.385177   
on S Herman St on the southwest side of New Bremen
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded in 1856 by German immigrants Friedrich Voglesang (1831 – 1897) & Sophia (Kuenning) Voglesang (1836 – 1909) who had 13 children. Freidrich was a farmer, flour mill owner, & businessman. The town was annexed into New Bremen in 1876 along with the 3 others already mentioned, Lock Two which is still a currently populated place, & Bremen’s original 1833 plat at the center of it all. Freidrich was granted a seat on the village council for his effort in contributing to the area’s growth. The Voglesangs were buried with relatives in German (Lock Two) Cemetery at the intersection of Lock 2 Rd (County Hwy 70) & New Bremen New Knoxville Rd.

Belmont County Ohio Ghost Towns

Acer – Pease Township
Location: 40.070679, -80.758540
on US 40 (National Road) at the intersection of Patterson Rd along Frazier Run
Remnants: none known
Description: Acer was laid out with 72 lots, 2 outlots, & a small park between Patterson Rd  & Bench St. A picture of the plat was listed on page 13 of the 1888 county atlas. The town was never abandoned but eventually got annexed into Bridgeport, likely prior to 1900 as Acer wasn’t listed on the Belmont County map in the 1901 George Cram Atlas.

Becketts Station – Smith Township
Location: 39.948595, -80.921492
on Watt Rd (Township Hwy 120) south off of SR 147 (Centerville Jacobsburg Rd) along Rocky Fork
Remnants: none known
Description: John T. Beckett (1821 – 1894) was the proprietor of a train station on the Bellaire, Zanesville, & Cincinnati Railroad. The town also had a school (Smith Township No. 12) near the GPS coordinates. John was buried with relatives in Scatterday Cemetery about 3 miles northwest of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of SR 147 & Coulter Rd (Township Hwy 245).

Brownfield – Wayne Township
Post Office: 1826 – 1840
Location: unknown
Description: It was listed in The Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guides from 1829 – 1841 & was named after a branch of the Brownfield family in the county. John Mechem (1798 – 1858) was the first know postmaster. He married Abigail (Moore) Meechem (1803 – 1890) in 1821 & had 7 children. They were farmers & lived in Belmont & Monroe Counties in Ohio & also in Illinois & Iowa. John was buried with relatives in Beallsville Old Methodist Cemetery on the north side of SR 145 (Ohio Ave) in Beallsville, Monroe County. Abigail was laid to rest with relatives in Violet Hill (Saint Patricks) Cemetery on 8th St in Perry in Dallas County, Iowa.

Chamberlain
Location: unknown
Description: Chamberlain had a stagecoach stop & tavern on US 40 (National Road) near Saint Clairsville in the early to mid-1800s. The National Road was completed through Belmont County in 1825. Back in its heyday, it was 80 feet wide & could accommodate up to 6 lanes of horse carriage traffic. Caravans of hauling wagons run by 6 – 12 horses & loaded with several tons of cargo lined the road from sunrise to sunset, along with the much faster passenger stagecoaches & droves of livestock. “Wagon stands” were usually about a mile apart. They were shelters or barns attached to taverns for wagons to park for the night & had a service window to the tavern for easy access to refreshments. Larger taverns with more guest rooms & amenities averaged 12 miles apart along the National Road.

Clevengers – Flushing Township
Location: 40.169139, -81.155223
on the former railroad path on the southwest side of SR 331 along Boggs Fork
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors Thomas Clevenger (1840 – 1914) & Isabella (Morrison) Clevenger(1845 – 1920) donated land for the track bed & a train station on the Cleveland, Lorain, & Wheeling Railroad (B & O). They got married in 1867, had 3 children, & owned a 178 acre farm. Thomas & Isabella were successful farmers & livestock raisers & were buried with relatives in Rock Hill Baptist Church Cemetery about 4 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates on the south side of Belmont Ridge Rd. The former railroad path can still be seen on satellite maps.

Dorsey – Washington Township
Post Office: 1887 – 1919
Location: 39.918116, -80.916432
on Rocky Fork Rd off of Ramsey Ridge Rd along Rocky Fork
Remnants: none known
Description: It was originally along the Bellaire, Zanesville, & Cincinnati Railroad, which later became the Ohio River & Western Railroad. A passenger shelter was built in 1916. George W. Dorsey was the first postmaster. The last known postmaster was D. Penrose.

Dunfee – Mead Township
Location: 39.968564, -80.828043
on Ray Ramsey Rd (Township Hwy 713) between Wegee Rd & Hawthorne Hill Rd
Remnants: Vallonia Area Cemetery on the west side of Lockwood Run Rd about a 1/4 mile north of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was founded by James Dunfee (1820 – 1896) & Catherine (Meeks) Dunfee (1823 – 1891). They got married in 1847, had 10 children, & donated land for the track bed of the Bellaire, Zanesville, & Cincinnati Railroad. A passenger shelter was constructed on the later Ohio River & Western Railroad in 1916. James was elected township trustee in in 1878 & was from a prominent family, a grandson of county pioneers Oliver Dunfield Dunfee (1765 – 1835) & Rosanna Dunfee (1771 – 1823). Everyone mentioned in this listing was laid to rest in Dunfee (Lashley / Wegee Area) Cemetery about 3 & 1/2 miles east of the GPS coordinates on the west side of Lashley Hill Rd (Township Hwy 716).

Egypt (Egypt Mills) – Kirkwood Township
Post Office: 1852 – 1857 & 1883 – 1905
Location: 40.085233, -81.128718
on Salem Ridge Rd east off of Co Rd 108
Remnants: Salem Cemetery on Salem Ridge Rd about 1 & 1/2 miles east of the GPS coordinates, Old Egypt (Circle) Cemetery on Salem Ridge Rd about 3/4 of a mile east of the GPS coordinates, decaying houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: It had a few residents as early as the first decade of the 1800s but didn’t become a town until the mid-1800s. Egypt had a school, general store, a train station on the B & O Railroad, & post office called Egypt Mills from 1852 – 1857. Another post office named Egypt was in operation from 1883 – 1905. The most popular locations these days are the two cemeteries, Salem & Old Egypt (Circle Cemetery) on Salem Ridge Rd, but there are also several decaying barns & houses in the area, a wood bridge, & remnants along the old railroad path. 
These days, Egypt Valley Wildlife Area is well known for its ghost stories. Louiza Catharine Fox (1856 – 1869) was engaged to be married with the much older Thomas D. Carr (1846 – 1870), who was a Civil War veteran. They met through Alex Hunter, the owner of a local coal company who they both worked for. Thomas worked in the coal mines & Louiza was a servant in Alex’s house. The engagement between Thomas & Louiza was originally approved by her parents, but they changed their minds when they heard rumors around town about Thomas’s violent side. The marriage was called off & the rumors unfortunately turned out to be true. Thomas waited in the dark one night next to a road that Louiza used to walk home. She was with her little brother at the time, who Thomas told to go home so he could talk to Louiza. Instead of talking, Thomas kissed Louiza one last time & proceeded to slit her throat with a razor blade. Her little brother saw it happen from a distance & ran home to tell their parents. Thomas got arrested & was the first person hanged in Belmont County in 1870. Louiza is said to still haunt Salem Cemetery & can reportedly be seen or heard crying by her grave. Unlike most ghost stories around the state, the details concerning Louiza’s life story are real & historically accurate. About a mile down the road from Salem Cemetery is the Old Egypt (Circle) Cemetery which is said to be haunted by the ghost of a truck driver who died in a crash around there. He lost an arm that was never found & the sounds of fingernails tapping on gravestones can supposedly be heard in the cemetery at night. The Old Egypt Cemetery is also reportedly haunted by “devil” dogs that guard it & can be heard howling in the woods nearby at night.

Flat Rock – Somerset Township
Location: 39.935217, -81.133190
on Flat Rock Rd at the intersection of Carter Rd
Remnants: Captina African Methodist Episcopal Cemetery on the west side of Oakes Pl about 1 mile northwest of the GPS coordinates, historical marker at the cemetery
Description: It was a farming town & had a couple of segregated schools on the south side of Flat Rock Rd near the GPS coordinates. There was also a church at the cemetery. It closed in 1962 & collapsed during a windstorm in 1978. Alexander L. Harper (1804 – 1889) from Virginia was an abolitionist & a Freemason who helped slaves escape on the Underground Railroad. He donated the land for the church & cemetery & was buried there with relatives & other residents. A farm called Flatrock just south of the GPS coordinates presently carries on the area’s historical name & tradition of farming & livestock raising.

Gambletown (Gamble Town) – Colerain Township
Location: 40.134197, -80.797956
on the east side of Negus Rd (Township Hwy 456) south of Vickers Hill Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was platted 1803, suffered a major cholera epidemic in 1833, & didn’t last much longer after that. In the 1880 History Of Belmont And Jefferson Counties, it was stated that some of the foundation stones from the town still existed.

Kelsey – Smith Township
Post Office: 1882 – 1930
Location: 39.963448, -80.919009
on SR 147 (Centerville Jacobsburg Rd) between Shepherd Hill Rd (Township Hwy 237) & Watt Rd (Township Hwy 120)
Remnants: former one-room schoolhouse on the east side of SR 147 about 3/4 of a mile west of the GPS coordinates, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: The proprietors were William J. Kelsey (1834 – 1915) & Elizabeth (Ramage) Kelsey ( 1850 – 1914). They had 3 children, a 170 acre farm on the north side of the GPS coordinates, & donated land for a train station on the Bellaire, Zanesville, & Cincinnati Railroad. The station was constructed in 1880 & also served as a general store. It was lost to a fire in 2004. Robert J. Welch (1853 – 1926) was the first postmaster & was buried with relatives in Key Cemetery 3 miles east of town at the intersection of SR 147 & SR 655. A. R. Kelsey was the last known postmaster. William & Elizabeth were buried with relatives 2 & 1/2 miles northwest of the GPS coordinates in Centerville Cemetery on the north side of SR 147. The town’s former school is presently unused & in rapid decay.

Lucile – Pultney Township
Post Office: 1893 – 1901
Location: unknown
Description: It was listed on the Ohio map in the 1901 George Cram atlas. A. R. Johnson was the only known postmaster.

Media – Warren Township
Location: unknown
Description: Media was on the B & O Railroad between Baileys Mills & Barnesville & was listed on the Ohio map in the 1901 George Cram atlas.

Moore (Mooreville) – Washington Township
Location: 39.910988, -81.003315
on SR 148 (W Captina Hwy) at the intersection of Williamson Rd (Township Hwy 74)
Remnants: Belmont Ridge Christian Church & Cemetery 1 & 1/2 miles south of the GPS coordinates on the south side of SR 145, former one-room schoolhouse on the south side of SR 145 just east of the church
Description: It was founded by the Moore family in the township. Several of its members were laid to rest in Belmont Ridge Christian Church Cemetery. The former one-room schoolhouse is currently used for storage on a farm & was on land donated by the Caldwell family. Some of its members were also buried in the cemetery.

New Laferty (New Lafferty) – Union Township
Location: 40.102371, -81.033917
on Mt Hope Rd (County Rd 72) at the intersection of New Lafferty Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It’s unknown exactly when New Lafferty existed, but there is still some semblance of a town on the south side of the GPS coordinates.

Patton Run – Pease Township
Location: 40.137027, -80.712518
on Picoma Rd at the railroad crossing between Pattons Run Rd & Old State Hwy 7 along Patton Run
Remnants: none known
Description: It was on the Bellaire, Zanesville, & Cincinnati Railroad in the late 1800s to early 1900s.

Pigeon Point – Warren Township
Location: 39.983614, -81.142582
on Sandy Ridge Rd at the intersection of Pigeon Point Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: none found

Rosemary – Flushing Township
Location: 40.145400, -81.076736
on SR 331 (Flushing Holloway Rd) at the intersection of Rosemary Camp Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Mine No. 1 of the Rosemary Coal Company was along the B& O Railroad about a mile west side of Flushing in the mid-1910s to mid-1920s. A residential area for the workers popped up around the GPS coordinates.

Samos – Flushing Township
Post Office: 1834 – 1840
Location: unknown
Description: Reverend Salmon Cowles (1784 – 1869) from Litchfield County, Connecticut founded Samos & was the town’s postmaster. He also established the Stillwater Presbyterian Church in 1832. Salmon later moved out of the state & was buried with relatives in West Point Cemetery on 7th St in West Point in Lee County, Iowa.

Upland – Pease Township
Post Office: 1899 – 1903
Location: 40.092958, -80.756783
on US 250 (Sunset Heights) at the intersection of Upland Ave
Remnants: Weeks Cemetery just west of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Old Cadiz Rd & Starlight Dr
Description: Upland was the name of the residential area surrounding Weeks Cemetery in the late 1800s to early 1900s. 

Wallace – Pultney Township
Post Office: 1832 – 1841
Location: unknown
Description: Scottish immigrant Richard Wallace (1792 – 1874) was the only known postmaster. He married Elizabeth (Reed) Wallace (1807 – 1881) & was buried with relatives in Rock Hill Cemetery on the west side of Patterson Hill Rd (Township Hwy 311) between Bellaire – High Ridge Rd & SR 149 (Bellaire Neffs Rd).

Wheatland Mills – Washington Township
Post Office: 1859 – 1863
Location: unknown
Description: Revolutionary War veteran Amos Glover (1762 – 1850) from Sussex County, Delaware was the postmaster. He moved out of the state & was buried with relatives in Croton Cemetery on the south side of 255th St (Co Rd J62) in Lee County, Iowa.

Wheeling Valley – Wheeling Township
Location: 40.145546, -80.902003
on Sloan Run Rd at the intersection of Wheeling Valley Rd along Cox Run
Remnants: Wheeling Valley Cemetery on the west side of the intersection
Description: The town had a small grist mill owned by John Farrell (1826 – 1911) from Virginia & Cynthia (Burris) Farrell (1825 – 1911). There was also a school on the south side of Sloan Run Rd south of the GPS Coordinates & a Presbyterian church at the cemetery. The church congregation formed in 1838 & built a frame structure the following year. It was pinpointed in the 1888 county atlas along with the school, but both have since been lost to time. John & Cynthia had several children & were buried with relatives & other residents in the cemetery.

Zebra – Goshen Township
Post Office: 1900 – 1903
Location: unknown
Description: Nathan Craig was the postmaster.

Brown County Ohio Ghost Towns

Bernard (Five Points) – Eagle Township
Post Office: 1879 – 1903
Location: 38.988200, -83.770438
on Tri County Hwy (Co Hwy 34) at the 5-way intersection of 5 Points Mowrystown Rd, 5 Points – Fincastle Rd, & Biehm Rd
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: Bernard was the name of the train station & post office at Five Points on the Cincinnati & Eastern Railway (formerly the Cincinnati, Portsmouth, & Virginia Railroad). It had 2 dry goods stores, a blacksmith shop, & a Methodist Episcopal church. Morgan’s Raiders, a cavalry unit of 2,500 Confederate soldiers, passed through the area in July of 1963 during the Civil War. Luckily for the local residents, the soldiers only stole a few horses & didn’t do any other damage. The railroad is currently owned by Norfolk Southern. 

Bloom Rose (Bloomrose) (Prall) – Sterling Township
Post Office: 1854 – 1869
Location: 39.103999, -83.998125
on Bloomrose Rd at the intersection of Blue Sky Park Rd along Fivemile Creek
Remnants: Bloomrose Church & Cemetery on the east side Bloomrose Rd south of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town had a school (Sterling Township No. 3) on the south side of Blue Sky Park Rd & a shoe shop on the west side of Bloomrose Rd south of the GPS coordinates. Its United Brethren congregation was formed in 1845. The land for Bloomrose Church & Cemetery was acquired by the congregation from Joseph Brown (1812 – 1886) who moved to Ohio from Maine & Zelinda Brown (1820 – 1847). Their son Joseph Bennett Brown was the first interment. Joseph married Ruth Brown (1821 – 1886) after Zelinda passed away. The current brick church structure was built in the early 1880s. In the late 1800s to early 1900s the town was called Prall & was named after the most prominent family in the area at the time. Several of their family members were also buried in the cemetery, dating back to Thomas Prall (1813 – 1874) from New Jersey & Catharine (Lefler) Prall from Ohio (1817 – 1895). The town lacked industry though & couldn’t compete with several other villages in the township which were more prosperous, but the church is continues to operate.

De La Palma (Delapalma) – Sterling Township
Post Office: 1850 – 1882 & 1898 – 1903
Location: 39.070747, -84.011858
on Dela Palma Rd at the intersection of Bardwell West Rd
Remnants: one room schoolhouse at the intersection, old houses & farms in the area
Description: 
De La Palma was founded by Absalom Day (1773 – 1839) Elizabeth (Earhart) Day (1776 – 1843). They were one of the original 10 families in Williamsburg, Clermont County & received a land plat for settling there when it was a newly formed town. Their daughter Mary, born June 28, 1797, was the first child born in Williamsburg. A few years later, sometime around 1800, the Day family moved to a farm next to Dela Palma Rd. Absalom & Elizabeth ended up with 12 children. Most of them married into families from nearby towns & moved away. The road into what would become the tiny town of De La Palma provided a good traveling route between Clermont County & that section of rural Brown County. In the mid-1800s, William Weeks (1810 – 1875) & Sophia Weeks (1814 – 1885) bought the Day farm & opened up a post office & general store there. It ran from 1850 – 1882 & helped get De La Palma into the 1883 History Of Brown County as a postal town. The name later went by Delapalma with a post office of the same spelling from 1898 – 1903. There was also a cooper shop near the post office & one room schoolhouse (Sterling Township No. 2) that operated for a few decades & still stands at the corner of Dela Palma Rd & Bardwell West Rd. Absalom & Elizabeth were buried with some of their family members & other early families from the area in Price Cemetery near the bank of Four Mile Creek in Clermont County. Absalom & Elizabeth were buried in Price Cemetery near the bank of Four Mile Creek in Clermont County. It’s on private property between Zimmer Rd & Ireton Rd. Abasolom’s father, Revolutionary War veteran Jeremiah Day (1752 – 1820), was also buried there. His mother’s grave, Sarah (Dod) Day, hasn’t been located yet.

Clover Valley – Pike Township
Post Office: 1858 – 1861
Location: unknown
Description: It was between Locust Grove & New Hope & was mentioned as a former postal town in the 1883 History Of Brown County, Ohio.

Gerta (Gurta) (Slickaway) – Huntington Township
Post Office: 1863 – 1894
Location: 38.683342, -83.746846
on SR 763 between Stringtown Rd & E Fork Rd along Slickaway Run
Remnants: Martin Hill Cemetery on the north side of Martin Hill Rd between SR 763 & Scottfield Rd
Description: Gerta was the name of the post office at Slickaway, which is still a populated place. It had a mill, a school (Huntington Township No. 5) on the east side of SR 763 & a Christian church in the northwest corner of the intersection of SR 763 & Stringtown Rd. Martin Hill Cemetery was established on land owned by War Of 1812 veteran Captain Elijah Martin (1768 – 1842) born in Maryland & Rebecca (Boggs) Martin (1770 – 1848) from West Virginia. They had several children & were the largest family in the area. The mill called Sharondale, was built by famed frontiersman Daniel Boone in the early 1800s. It was on the north side of SR 41 next to Big Threemile Creek & sold a few times until it caught fire in 1882 & wasn’t rebuilt.

Gillets (Gillette) – Lewis & Clark Township
Location: 38.887626, -83.946690
on SR 125 at the intersection of Gillette Station Rd (T-402)
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: Gillets had a train station on the Cincinnati, Georgetown, & Portsmouth Railroad & was founded by John Gillette (1836 – 1908) from Franklin Parish, Louisiana & Tirzah (Richards) Gillette (1842 – 1928). They met & married in Brown County in 1858 & had at least 7 children. The old Gillette farm still exists in the northeast lot of the intersection of Gillette Station Rd & Barnes Rd. There’s a few variations to the family surname, including Gilet, Gillet & Gillett. John & Tirzah were buried with relatives in Confidence (Georgetown) Cemetery on Mt Orab Pike on the north side of Georgetown. The railroad ran from 1877 – 1936. Its tracks started in Columbia – Tusculum in Hamilton County but only made it as far as Russellville in Brown County, due to funding problems. Most of the tracks are long gone but there are some remnants left of the railroad in Hamilton, Clermont, & Brown County.

Gordonville – Perry Township
Post Office: dates not listed
Location: unknown
Description: It was listed in the 1843 A Table Of Post Offices In Ohio as being 25 miles from Georgetown. William B. Williams (1812 – 1887) moved to Ohio from Bucks County, Pennsylvania & was the postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Williamburg Cemetery on Gay St in Clermont County.

Henderson – Jackson Township
Location: 38.924278, -83.699034
on Greathouse Rd between Tamme Rd & Francis Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Jonathan Henderson (1767 – 1865) & Ellen Henderson moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania in 1820 along with some of their grown children & their families. Descendants of the family continued to live on the original farm for a few generations. Burials took place in Pleasant Hill Cemetery on the north side of Kendall Rd between Tamme Rd & Juillerat Rd. The town fell into obscurity before the late 1800s & didn’t make it onto the 1876 atlas.

Hillman – Pleasant Township
Location: 38.835605, -83.862562
on Hillman Ridge Rd along Evans Run south of Myers Rd
Remnants: Hillman Ridge Cemetery at the GPS Coordinates
Description: It was named after the Hill family in the area. They owned land south of the cemetery on the west side of Hillman Ridge Rd along Evans Run. The cemetery predates the town & the first know burial was English immigrant Issac Waters (1761 – 1814). Hillman had a school (Pleasant Township No. 6) across the road from the cemetery & a Christian called Olive Chapel on Old State Rte 68. Evans Run Rd went from Old State Rte 68 across the creek & headed west over to Hillman Ridge Rd south of the GPS coordinates in the mid to late 1800s.

Lewis – Lewis Township
Post Office: 1819 – 1862
Location: unknown
Description: The town was listed in the 1843 A Table Of Post Offices in Ohio as 8 miles away from Georgetown with no village.

Liberty – Byrd Township
Location: 38.817028, -83.735336
on SR 353 along Eagle Creek between SR 125 & W Fork Rd
Remnants: Liberty Chapel & Cemetery at the GPS coordinates
Description: This small farming town’s existence was solely due to its church congregation which formed in 1810. A creek stone chapel was constructed in 1817 & was replaced with the current wood frame structure in 1874 at a cost of $1200. Although the church & cemetery are still in use, the town never grew much & didn’t have any other industries besides farming. It fell off of the maps before the late 1800s.

Murrays Corners – Perry Township
Location: 39.191204, -83.897202
on US 50 at the 4-way intersection of SR 251 & Murray Corner Rd
Remnants: Thumann Log House in the northwest corner of the intersection
Description:
 The Thumann Log House was originally a log cabin structure built as a tavern in 1811. It was remodeled with wood frame in the 1840s and turned into an important stagecoach stop between Chillicothe and Cincinnati. The Murray family purchased the property in 1851 and operated the tavern and hotel into the 1900s. It was added to the National Register Of Historic Places in 1975.

Monroe – Pleasant Township
Location: 38.810526, -83.890714
on Old State Rte 68 along Sheep Run
Remnants: none known
Description: Amos Mitchell platted the town with 46 lots in the late 1810s before Georgetown was laid out, naming it after the 5th U.S. President James Monroe. None of the lots sold & Amos had the only cabin in the failed town. The plat was between Old US Rte 68 & an abandoned section of Frost Rd that formerly headed north up Sheep Run.

North Feesburg – Clark Township
Location: 38.907038, -83.969566
on SR 125 at the intersection of N Feesburg Rd (Township Hwy 401)
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: North Feesburg was on the Cincinnati, Georgetown, & Portsmouth Railroad between Hammersville & Gillets. It served as a stopping point for local residents to utilize the speedy train services. As with all of the other small towns along the former railroad that aren’t around these days, its birth & death coincided with the arrival & removal of the tracks. 

O’Conners
Post Office: 1833 – 1836
Location: unknown
Description: It was founded by a branch of the O’Conner family in the county & was listed in The Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guides from 1837 – 1841. John H. O’Conner was the postmaster. The family dropped the O’ from their surname & changed it Connor & Conner in the mid to late 1800s.

Salem (Salem Station) (Eastwood) – Sterling Township
Post Office: 1876 – 1935
Location: 39.048848, -83.984619
on Eastwood Rd at the railroad crossing between SR 32 & Tri County Hwy
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: Salem was the name of the train station on the Cincinnati & Eastern Railroad (Cincinnati, Portsmouth, & Virginia) at present-day Eastwood. The town had a Methodist Episcopal Church which is currently a private residence on Salem Church Rd south of the GPS coordinates. George W. Smith (1817 – 1898) was the first postmaster at Eastwood. He was buried with relatives in Bloomrose Cemetery on Bloomrose Rd. Morgan’s Raiders also passed through Salem in July of 1863 during the Civil War. Norfolk Southern owns the railroad now.

Skiffsville – Lewis Township
Post Office: 1894 – 1905
Location: 38.823875 -84.025099
on Skiffsville Rd at the intersection of Bramel Rd (Township Hwy 297) along Middle Branch Bullskin Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: Skiffsville was a small farming & postal town with a saw mill near the GPS coordinates owned by the Metzger family. There was also a school (Lewis Township No. 2) on a long gone stretch of road just northwest of the GPS coordinates. Thomas J. Metzger (1848 – 1917) was the postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Shinkle Ridge Cemetery about 4 miles southeast of town on the south side of Shinkle Ridge Rd.

Straight Creek (Strait Creek) – Union & Pleasant Township
Post Office: 1832 – 1843, 1846 – 1851, & 1861 – 1862
Location: 38.799039, -83.883657
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
on Old State Rte 68 at the intersection of Straight Creek Rd
Description: Straight Creek had a general store & a grist mill on the south side of Old State Rte 68 west of the GPS coordinates & a school (Union Township No. 11) on the west side of Old State Rte 68 south of the GPS coordinates. Some of the buildings in the area date back to the town’s postal days. The last postmaster was Josiah Drake (1811 – 1862). He was buried with relatives & early residents of Straight Creek in Norman Cemetery on the east side of Free Soil Rd between Loudon Rd & Cahall Schoolhouse Rd.

Sunshine – Pleasant Township
Post Office: 1890 – 1908
Location: 38.907004, -83.925196
on Sunshine Rd at the intersection of Barnes Rd along White Oak Creek & Walnut Creek
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: This small farming & postal town also had a stop on the Cincinnati, Georgetown, & Portsmouth Railroad called Sunshine Station between Gillets & Traceys in the early 1900s. There was also a school (Pleasant Township No. 9) on the east side of Mt Orab Pike north of its intersection with Miller – Ring Rd & a steam powered saw mill on the east side of US 68 north of Sunshine Rd. 

Todds Run – Sterling Township
Post Office: 1857 – 1860
Location: 39.041799, -84.004793
on Todds Run New Harmony Rd at the intersection of Nixon Rd along Todds Run
Description: The town’s postmaster Curtis Wilson from Vermont & Archibald McLain (1809 – 1886) constructed a water powered saw mill on Todds Run, but it wasn’t in operation very long. The dam was destroyed almost every time the creek flooded & they simply grew tired of rebuilding it. Todds Run also had a blacksmith shop & a Baptist church that was built in 1882. Archibald was buried with relatives in Williamsburg Cemetery on Gay St in Williamsburg, Clermont County. Curtis Wilson’s grave hasn’t been located yet.

Tracys (Traceys) – Pleasant & Lewis Township
Location: 38.873170, -83.921468
on SR 125 along White Oak Creek
Remnants: old farms & mill buildings in the area
Description: Tracys was another stopping point on the Cincinnati, Georgetown, & Portsmouth Railroad between Sunshine Station & Georgetown. Its proprietors were Francis Tracy (1830 – 1923) & Julia (Dunn) Tracy (1836 – 1917) who lived in Sunshine. There were a few mills next to the creek along what was called the cascade falls running through the border of Pleasant & Lewis Township near SR 125. Some of the mill buildings on private property appear to still be intact on satellite maps, although in poor shape due to time & Ohio’s seasonal weather changes. Francis & Julia were buried with relatives in Confidence (Georgetown Cemetery) on Mt Orab Pike on the north side of Georgetown.

Whiteoak Springs – Scott Township
Location: 38.945852, -83.923667
on Smoky Row Rd at the intersection of Vinegar Hill Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was named after the natural springs in the area fed by White Oak Creek. 

Butler County Ohio Ghost Towns

Athlone – Fairfield Township
Location: 39.357833, -84.519389   
at the railroad crossing where N Gilmore Rd meets Bobmeyer Rd along the Miami & Erie Canal
Remnants: none known
Description: Athlone was a flag stop (trains would stop if signaled) on the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad. It can be spotted on the county outline map page in the 1914 Butler County Atlas between Ixworth & Flockton.

Belt Junction – City Of Hamilton (formerly in St. Clair Township)
Location: 39.407012, -84.580768   
on Millvale Ave around the railroad crossing at the intersection of S Edgewood Ave
Remnants: old buildings in the area
Description: The Belt Line Railroad built by the Hamilton Belt Railway Company was completed in 1896 & served the Champion Paper Mill. It met the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad at the intersection.

Boggerville – Reily Township
Location: 39.456795, -84.712627 
on N Pierson Rd between Woods Station Rd & Garver Elliot Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Boggerville was on the north side of the railroad tracks at Woods Station which it predated as a town & kept its own name through the late 1800s. State Geologist & first President Of Ohio State University, Edward Orton, noted Boggerville’s existence on a map in the 1878 Report of the Geological Survey of Ohio, Volume 3.

Brownstown (Ball’s Ferry) – Madison Township
Location: 39.477505, -84.440418 
on Radabaugh Rd next to the Great Miami River between SR 73 & Sycamore Rd
Remnants: Elk Creek Baptist Church Pioneer Cemetery at the intersection of SR 73 (W State St) & Hamilton Trenton Rd
Description: The original settlement at this location was called Brownstown in the very early 1800s but it didn’t last long & the founders either died or moved. Shortly after that it changed to Ball’s Ferry, named after Revolutionary War veteran Davis Ball (1758 – 1819) & Mary (Hatfield) Ball (1763 – 1835) who came to Ohio from New Jersey. They had a farm, a few children, & Davis operated a ferry. He tragically died with a group who insisted on a crossing in dangerously high waters & the ferry overturned. Davis & Mary’s son Aaron (1791 – 1863) operated the ferry until 1861. They were buried with relatives in Elk Creek Baptist Church Pioneer Cemetery.

Busenbark Station – St. Clair Township
Location: 39.465994, -84.485713 
on Busenbark Rd at the intersection of Hamilton Trenton Rd
Remnants: Ohio Historical Marker at the intersection
Description: It was founded by Robert Busenbark (1793 – 1872) & Margaret (Stout) Busenbark (1788 – 1879) who moved to Ohio from New Jersey. They had a large farm & a couple of children. They donated land for a school in 1833 & along with one of their sons David (1819 – 1908), donated more land for a train station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad in the 1850s. A local farm was the site of a bare-knuckle boxing Heavyweight Championship Of America match between Mike McCoole & Aaron  Jones in 1867. Thousands of fans rode in on trains to catch the outdoor match. Busenbark also had a grain elevator & warehouse & a water pump station which supplied electricity for the railroad when it was converted from steam trains. Robert  & Margaret were buried with relatives in Elk Creek Baptist Church Pioneer Cemetery at the intersection of SR 73 (W State St) & Hamilton Trenton Rd.

Christiana – Madison Township
Post Office: 1829 – 1837
Location: unknown, was approximately 14 miles northeast of Hamilton
Description: It was listed in the Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guide from 1837 – 1841 & 1854 A Gazetteer of the United States of America.

Clawson – Liberty Township
Post Office: 1881 – 1900
Location: 39.407793, -84.451705 
on SR 747 between Millikin Rd & Kyles Station Rd
Remnants: Spring Hill (Clawson) Cemetery on the west side of SR 747 about 1/10 of a mile south of Millikin Rd
Description: The town was founded by James Clawson (1796 – 1895) & Rebecca (Vail) Clawson (1798 – 1870). They were both born in Pennsylvania & moved to Butler County with their families at early ages where they met & married. The Clawsons had 8 children & steadily accumulated a successful farm of over 600 acres. The town also had a couple of churches & a school. James & Rebecca were buried with relatives in Spring Hill (Clawson) Cemetery.

Hanover (Hanover Station) – Hanover Township
Location: 39.428388, -84.646338   
on Mormon Rd at the railroad crossing between SR 130 (Old Oxford Rd) & Stahlheber Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The train station was in the southwest corner of the crossing on the former Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Indianapolis Railroad.

Ixworth – City Of Hamilton (formerly in Fairfield Township)
Location: 39.366723, -84.544112 
on Bobmeyer Rd at the railroad crossing between SR 4 & Tuley Rd
Remnants: old houses & buildings in the area
Description: It had a train station of the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad. Unfortunately 9 members of one family were killed by a northbound train when crossing the tracks in an automobile on July 26, 1936.

Jones (Jones Station) (Stockton) – Fairfield Township
Post Office: 1856 – 1883
Location: 39.321944, -84.494288   
on Seward Rd at the railroad crossing near the intersection of Stockton Rd
Remnants: Stockton (Walker Family) Cemetery at the intersection of Seward Rd & Stockton Station Dr south of SR 4
Description: The town was founded by John D. Jones, a dry goods merchant from Cincinnati, who donated land for a train station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad. Thomas Kirk was the first station agent & built a general store. The town also had a school, saloon, & Methodist Episcopal church. The post office was last named Stockton & the area still goes by that name for census purposes.

McDonald (Donald) (Donald Switch) (Donald Station) – Oxford Township
Location: 39.530121, -84.777994 
on Ringwood Rd at the railroad crossing between US 27 (College Corner Pike) & Taylor Rd
Remnants: old houses in the area
Description: McDonald had a train station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad & a massive 60 car length passing siding for loading cargo.

Millikin – Liberty & Union Township
Location: 39.373668, -84.454943 
on SR 747 (Princeton Glendale Rd) at the intersection of Hamilton Mason Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by a branch of the Millikin family in the county.

Ogleton – Reily Township
Post Office: 1863 – 1864
Location: 39.471164, -84.738008   
on Stillwell Beckett Rd at the railroad crossing between Harley Rd & Stephenson Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were Alexander Ogle (1808 – 1887) & Lucinda (Able) Ogle (1810 – 1865). It had a train station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad.

Old River Junction – City Of Hamilton (formerly in Fairfield Township)
Location: 39.407912, -84.554230 
off N 3rd St on the railroad tracks between Vine St & the Great Miami River Remnants: none known
Description: Old River Junction was the name of the previous, & much shorter, span of shared track bed than there is now of the two main railroads running through Hamilton.

Sheleys (Sheleys Station) – Fairfield Township
Location: 39.428039, -84.513034   
on Canal Rd at the intersection of Headgates Rd along the Miami & Erie Canal
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Daniel Sheley (1835 – 1927) & Gertrude (Miller) Sheley (1840 – 1916). They owned a nice farm, had several children, & Daniel held every township office at one time or another. He was also a Freemason & county commissioner from 1892 – 1898. Sheleys main industry was ice production for Hamilton & Cincinnati. Daniel & Gertrude were buried in Greenlawn Cemetery on Greenwood Ave in Hamilton.

Stillwell (Stillwell’s Corners) – Hanover Township
Post Office: 1831 – 1859
Location: 39.453050, -84.688592   
on Stillwell Beckett Rd at the intersection of US 27 (Millville Oxford Rd)
Remnants: Ohio Historical Marker at Hancock Family (Stillwell) Cemetery on the grounds of Indian Ridge Golf Club north of the intersection
Description: Its business busy proprietors were Jacob D. & Elizabeth Stillwell. They owned a distillery built in 1830, a steam powered grist & saw mills built in 1835 – 1836, a tavern, general store, & Jacob was the postmaster. Their daughter Lida married congressman Samuel Fenton Cary. The cemetery was established in 1811 & many township pioneers were buried there in currently unmarked graves.

Woods (Woods Station) – Reily Township
Post Office: 1882 – 1908
Location: 39.457702, -84.717375 
on S Law Rd at the railroad crossing between Garver Elliot Rd & Stillwell Beckett Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town & train station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad was named after the railroad president John Woods (1794 – 1855). The station had a nice livestock pen for animals waiting for loading.

Carroll County Ohio Ghost Towns

Atwood (Oak Dale) – Monroe Township
Location: 40.547074, -81.238237
on SR 542 (Lodge Rd) at the intersection of Fargo Rd
Remnants: historical marker at the GPS coordinates, Big Spring (Deep Springs) Cemetery on the west side of SR 542 (Magnolia Rd SW) 5 & 1/2 miles north of the GPS coordinates, Zion Cemetery on the north side of Falls Rd 2 & 3/4 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was originally called Oak Dale as early as the 1820s, but the name later changed to Atwood. It was never platted or incorporated. During its heyday there was a store, two churches, a blacksmith shop, school, & a town hall. The post office ran from 1888 – 1915 & Atwood had a train station on the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad (Cleveland, Canton, & Southern Railroad). The town was abandoned shortly before the completion of a dam in 1936 that was built for flood control purposes. It also created the reservoir of Atwood Lake. There is a village dedication plaque at the corner of SR 542 & Fargo Rd. Residents of Atwood were buried at Big Spring (Deep Springs) Cemetery on SR 542 on the north side of the lake & Zion Cemetery on Falls Rd south of SR 542. They are two very old cemeteries & unfortunately both churches are gone. The location of the Big Spring Church is now underwater next to the cemetery on the edge of the lake & Zion Church was lost in a grass fire in 1930.

Cabello – Augusta Township
Post Office: 1851 – 1868
Location: unknown
Description: William Rutledge (1829 – 1902) was the postmaster. He married Harriet (Deford) Rutledge in 1860 & had at least 3 children. They owned a 132 acre farm on the north side of Aurora Rd NE between the town of Augusta & Reef Rd NE which was listed in the 1874 county atlas. We didn’t pinpoint the GPS coordinates for Cabello there though because it seems unlikely another post office would have been that close to Augusta, which also had one during the time period in question. We also couldn’t confirm William lived on that farm in the 1850s & 1860s. William & Harriet were buried with relatives in Augusta Christian Church Cemetery on Andora Rd NE.

Davis
Post Office: 1855 – 1861

Location: unknown
Description: It was named after a branch of the Davis family in the county. Someone by the name of R. May was the only know postmaster.

Figleys Mills
Post Office: 1856 – 1857
Location: unknown
Description: The proprietors were Andrew D. Figley (1825 – 1897) from Washington County, Pennsylvania & Eliza (Westfall) Figley (1829 – 1878) from Columbiana County, with Andrew being the town’s postmaster. They got married in Carroll County in 1848, had several children, & owned at least one mill. Andrew & Eliza later moved out of the state & were laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery at the intersection of 64th Rd & Q Rd in Nemaha County, Kansas.

Fullers – Orange Township
Location: 40.472390, -81.217872 
on SR 212 at the railroad crossing between Deer Rd & Crowder Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was about halfway between Sherrodsville & Leesville on the Cleveland, Canton, & Southern Railway & was listed on the Ohio map in the 1901 George Cram atlas. Coal mines operated by the Fuller Coal Company were its main industry.

Gortin (Gorton) – East Township
Post Office: 1832 – 1842
Location: unknown
Description: The proprietors were David Robinson (1764 – 1850) & Catharine Robinson (1774 – 1840) with David being the town’s postmaster. They were buried with relatives in Glade Run (Lower Glade Run) Cemetery in the northeast corner of the intersection of Aurora Rd NE & Bane Rd NE.

Hickory – Perry Township
Post Office: 1836 – 1857
Location: unknown
Description: The proprietors were Jabob Gladden (born c. 1794) & Charity Gladden (born c. 1790). They moved to Ohio from Maryland & had at least one child.

North Union – Union Township
Post Office: 1827 – 1839
Location: unknown
Description: As with most of the county’s ghost towns, there’s no record of North Union ever getting platted or incorporated, but it had the post office & a school. Augustus Rigby was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by William Crow. Judge John H. Tripp (1820 – 1909) was school teacher from 1841 – 1842. He was buried with relatives in Grandview Cemetery on 2nd St SE in Carrollton.

Rose – Rose Township
Post Office: 1840 – 1864
Location: unknown
Description: William King was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by Eleazar Herron. 

Shobers Mills – Loudon Township
Post Office: 1828 – 1859
Location: 40.444421, -80.949043 
on Cavalry Rd at the intersection of Queens Rd along Elk Lick
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded by John Shober (1786 – 1858) who moved to Ohio from Virginia & was the town’s first postmaster. He had 3 children with his first wife Lydia (Smith) Shober (1790 – 1829). They got married in Maryland in 1808. Lydia never made the trip to Ohio & passed away in Virginia. John remarried the following year to Elizabeth Shober (1792 – 1860) & had a couple more children. His oldest son, John H. Shober (1919 – 1893), was the town’s last postmaster. He later moved out of the state & was buried with in Highland (Eddyville) Cemetery the east side of SR 146 (N Main St) in New Sharon in Mahaska County, Iowa. John & Elizabeth were laid to rest with relatives in Mizer (Coleman / Smith / Watsons Ridge) Cemetery on the east side of Apex – Amsterdam Rd in Springfield Township, Jefferson County.

Whitacres – Augusta Township
Location: 40.702811, -81.078629 
on Arbor Rd at the intersection of Malibu Rd along Muddy Fork
Remnants: Mount Zion United Methodist Church & Cemetery about 1 & 3/4 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Aurora Rd NE & Bellflower Rd
Description: The town was founded in the early 1850s by Edward Whitacre (1809 – 1897) & Rachel (Taylor) Whitacre (1810 – 1854). It had a train station on the Lake Erie, Alliance, & Wheeling Railroad. There was also a school in the northwest corner of the intersection of Malibu Rd NE & Brush Rd NE on land donated by James Morledge (1810 – 1878) & Elizabeth (Jackson) Morledge (1807 – 1895). They were both born in England, got married in 1832, & were laid to rest in Mount Zion Cemetery. The local Methodist congregation formed in 1827. Their original log church was replaced by the present brick structure around 1840. Edward never remarried after Rachel passed away & raised 8 of their 11 children by himself. They were buried with relatives in Plaines Cemetery at the intersection of Walker Rd & Ellsworth Ave in Minerva.

Woodbury – Lee Township
Location: unknown
Description: Woodbury was listed as a small town in the Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guides from 1837 – 1841.

Champaign County Ohio Ghost Towns

Baker – Jackson Township
Post Office: 1830 – 1862 & 1882 – 1882
Location: 40.072465, -83.960987  
on St Paris – New Carlisle Rd along Blacksnake Creek between SR 55 & Troy Urbana Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: This farming town just had the post office & a small cluster of houses. Daniel Baker was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by John Baker (1806 – 1896) from Rockbridge County, Virginia. Harvey Talbot (1799 – 1879), or Hervey as his tombstone reads, from Mason County, Kentucky held the office until it was discontinued in 1862. The office was reestablished in 1882 but didn’t last long. Most of the town’s residents, including John Baker & Harvey Talbot, were laid to rest in Hills Cemetery 2 & 1/2 miles east of the GPS coordinates on the west side of Creek Rd. The Talbot surname is also spelled Talbott in some records. Although the buildings from Baker’s heyday are likely all gone now, there is still some semblance of its original housing cluster when looking at the area on satellite maps.

Brush Lake – Rush Township
Location: 40.168228, -83.577191 
on Brush Lake Rd at the former railroad track crossing between McCarty Rd & Urbana Woodstock Pike
Remnants: none known
Description: The earliest known settlement was by William Pickerell who built a grist mill on the stream leading out of the lake in 1803. James Glendening (1795 – 1876) & Mary (Van Horn) Glendening (1793 – 1858) moved to Ohio from Virginia in 1829. Shortly after that, they purchased 155 acres surrounding Brush Lake. James & Mary had 12 children in total. 8 of them survived to adulthood. Brush Lake was a fine farming town but didn’t have much else other than a local township school & a picnic ground south of the lake across the former railroad tracks. It was on the Pan Handle Route of the Pennsylvania Railroad (PCC & St. L) but was likely just a flag stop. James & Mary were buried with relatives in Black Cemetery on the north side of Dunn Burton Rd.  

Clover Run – Goshen & Union Township
Location: 40.034366, -83.601463
on SR 56 at the intersection of Brigner Rd
Remnants: Hopewell Cemetery on private property on the north side of Brigner Rd just southwest of the GPS coordinates
Description: Its only notoriety was from a brutal brawl between Solomon Weaver & Philip Groves, due to a sort of Romeo & Juliet type of relationship between their children. Solomon’s oldest daughter Anna was 18 at the time & was courted by one of Philip’s sons, James Groves. The fathers didn’t care for each other at all simply because of where they lived, the Groves family on Clover Run & the Weaver family on the Darby Plains, an ongoing feud between residents of both areas for several years. Solomon & Philip had an encounter at William Kelly’s tavern in Mechanicsburg where an election was being held on November 8, 1837. After getting into a heated argument, William Kelly who was also the constable suggested Solomon & Philip duke it out to end the dispute once & for all. A large crowd gathered around the battle circle in the public square. The fight lasted about an hour with both men sustaining substantial wounds. The onlooking crowd feared Solomon & Philip dead as they laid lifeless on the ground, neither able to move a muscle. Solomon & Philip were treated by doctors & eventually recovered. They later made amends & gave consent to the courtship between their children. Anna reportedly sent a note to James stating he would be welcome if he still wished to visit her. However, it’s unknown if Anna & James continued their relationship. 

Coffin Station (Coffins) – Mad River Township
Location: 40.040058, -83.902988 
on Thackery Rd at the railroad crossing between the intersections of Coffin Station Rd along Chapman Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: Eliza J. Coffin donated land for a train station on the Ohio Southern Railroad.

Concord Mills – Concord & Mad River Township
Location: 40.130027, -83.809881 
on Millerstown Rd at the intersection of River Rd along Mad River
Remnants: Kenton Memorial Cemetery on the north side of Millerstown Road west of River Rd 
Description: The town was originally settled in the first decade of the 1800s & had several grist & saw mills on Mad River & Muddy Creek over the decades. They were mostly built by the Arrowsmith & Kenton families. Mason Arrowsmith (1806 – 1880) provided a lengthy description of the area’s early days for the 1872 History Of Champaign And Logan Counties. His maternal grandfather, William Kenton (1737 – 1822), also lived in Concord Mills & was a brother of famed frontiersman & war veteran Simon Kenton (1755 – 1836). Simon saved the settlers of Concord Mills from complete annihilation by local natives, led by Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, when Mason was just 6 weeks old. Simon’s appearance & warning to the natives deterred them from attacking. Mason was buried with many relatives in Kenton Memorial Cemetery.

Crimville – Goshen & Rush Township
Location: 40.131476, -83.583439 
on US 36 at the intersection of Parkview Rd
Remnants: Treacle Cemetery on the east side of  Parkview Rd south of the intersection
Description: Crimville was named after John F. Crim (1858 – 1945) who operated a store in the northwest corner of Goshen Township. A Methodist Episcopal Church stood at Treacle Cemetery & a mill across the street along Treacle Creek was owned by the Woodward family. It was discontinued in the late 1870s, sold in 1883, & was moved & converted to a barn. The church, cemetery, & mill all predated the town. Crimville only had a few residences but made it onto some maps in the early 1900s. John was buried with relatives in Spring Grove Cemetery on N Heck Hill Rd (Co Hwy 26) in Johnson Township.

Dallas – Urbana Township
Location: 40.047545, -83.779188 
on US 68 at the intersection of Dallas Rd
Remnants: none known 
Description: It was founded by James Dallas (1778 – 1871) from Ireland & Isabella (Sproat) Dallas (1788 – 1843) who had 9 children & a nice farm. They moved to the county around 1810. James was a judge & county commissioner. The town had a school & harness shop. The Atlantic & Great Western Railroad went through Dallas but it didn’t have a train station. James & Isabella were buried with relatives in Oak Dale Cemetery on Patrick Ave in Urbana. 

Funk – Salem Township
Location: 40.170042, -83.744272
on US 68 at the intersection of Kingscreek Rd
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: The town was founded by Daniel Funk (1786 – 1879) & Frances (Kenaga) Funk (1784 – 1867) who moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania in 1837 & had 3 children. The section of US 68 where the town stood used to be the southern portion of Funk Rd. It was a good farming town but didn’t have any other big industries & fell off the maps before 1900 as it couldn’t keep up with Kingscreek. Daniel & Frances were buried with relatives in Oak Dale Cemetery on Patrick Ave in Urbana.

Fyffe
Post Office: 1858 – 1859
Location: unknown
Description: It was named after the Fyffe family in the county.

Gourdville – Concord Township
Location: 40.146735, -83.842770
on Church Rd at its curve about 3/4 of a mile south of Concord Church & Cemetery
Remnants: none known
Description: It was stated in the 1917 History Of Champaign County  that the name of the pioneer who founded the town had been lost to time. Gourdville never had more than 3 houses & wasn’t incorporated. Its last known residents were James Blue & Tubal Woodard (1806 – 1881) & Margaret (Salkeld) Woodard (1813 – 1896). The Woodards were buried in Concord Cemetery at the intersection of SR 560 & Church Rd, but its existence isn’t attributed to Gourdville.

Hagenbaugh (Long) – Salem Township
Post Office: 1896 – 1902
Location: 40.144917, -83.700555
on Jackson Hill Rd at the former railroad track crossing west of Stone Quarry Rd
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area, former school on SR 296
Description: This farming & railroad village was founded by Henry Hagenbuch (1811 – 1881) from Pennsylvania & Martha (Long) Hagenbuch (1827 – 1887) from Champaign County. Their surname is of Dutch origin & was Americanized at some point in the late 1800s. The town had a train station on the Columbus, Piqua, & Indiana Railroad, some fish stock ponds, a stone quarry, & a school (Salem Twp Sub District #1). The school is currently a private residence on SR 296 just east of the former railroad track bed. Henry & Martha had a few children & were buried with relatives in Oak Dale Cemetery on Patrick Ave in Urbana. 

Hare – Urbana Township
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Harrison
Location: unknown
Description: 
It was listed in volume 1 of the 1917 county history book on page 1118 as a former town.

Heathtown – Concord Township
Post Office: 1852 – 1855
Location: 40.198948, -83.866737
on SR 29 at the intersection of Calland Rd south of Muddy Creek
Remnants: Johnson Cemetery on private property in the southeast corner of the intersection of SR 29 & SR 560
Description: John Heath (1821 – 1887) was born in New Hampshire, moved to Ohio from New Jersey around 1838 & founded Heathtown. He ran a shoe shop, grocery store, & opened a post office at the store called Muddy Creek. It also had a blacksmith shop & a school. The one-room schoolhouse was on the north side of SR 29 across from Johnson Cemetery & appears to have been converted into a private residence, but we haven’t made any further attempt to confirm that as of yet. A political movement by a group of local successful farmers called the “Know – Nothing Party” was established in Heathtown & had its headquarters there. Heathtown was last listed on the 1894 Champaign County map & faded into oblivion shortly after that. Many residents were laid to rest in Johnson Cemetery, which is presently well-maintained. John Heath moved out of Ohio in 1854 & was laid to rest with relatives in Mount Hope Cemetery on the north side of 265 St in Ida County, Iowa.

Heers – Salem Township
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Jennings Park – City of Urbana  (Formerly in Salem Township)
Location: 40.126667, -83.753056
on US 68 on the south side of Urbana Airport
Remnants: the location is still a privately owned farm
Description: Jennings Park appears to be more of a cultural locale than a town, but was considered to be a populated place for describing where residents lived & giving travel directions. Edward Jennings (1811 – 1906) from West Virginia & Anna (Bentley) Jennings (1823 – 1890) from Highland County, Ohio had 6 children. One of their sons, Absolom C. Jennings (1847 – 1883) owned the Nutwood Place farm along the Sandusky, Cincinnati, & Dayton Railroad. The farm dates back to 1815 & was added to the National Register Of Historic Places in 1976. Edward & Absalom were avid horse breeders & had a training & race track on the north side of the farmhouse. The portion of the farm where the track was is now on the airport grounds. 

Long (Hagenbaugh) – Salem Township
Location: 40.144917, -83.700555
on Jackson Hill Rd at the former railroad track crossing west of Stone Quarry Rd
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area, former school on SR 296
Description: Prior to the arrival of the railroad in the area & the marriage of Henry & Martha (Long) Hagenbuch, the town was called Long. Martha’s parents James Long (1794 – 1862) from Pennsylvania & Susannah (Cheney) Long (1803 – 1887) from West Virginia owned the local stone quarry. Her brother, William Cheney Long (1834 – 1896), was a farmer & township trustee. He donated land for the former school on SR 296.  The Longs were buried in Kingscreek Cemetery at the intersection of Kingscreek Rd & Clark Rd.

Lookout – Johnson Township
Post Office: 1887 – 1901
Location: 40.194323, -84.011525
on Elm Tree Rd N between Anderson Rd & Walborn Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was a small farming & postal town founded by David Mahan (1851 – 1904) & Laura (Smoot) Mahan (1855 – 1915). David was the postmaster & received $15 a year for his service. His father Jason ran a saw mill on the family property that was marked on the Johnson Township page in the 1874 county atlas. Lookout also has a one-room schoolhouse on the east side of Elm Tree Rd south of the post office. The Mahans were buried in Rosedale Cemetery on the west side of SR 235 in Adams Township, Champaign County.

Magrew (Westville) – Mad River Township
Post Office: 1905 – 1915
Location: 40.101226, -83.819321
on Bair Rd along Anderson Creek at the former railroad track crossing between US 36 & Old Troy Pike
Remnants: none known
Description: Magrew was the name of the train station on the southeast outskirts of Westville. Lemuel Magrew (1829 – 1900) & Zalinda (Miller) Magrew (1828 – 1898) had 6 children, a 195 acre farm, & donated land for the station on the Pennsylvania Railroad. Lemuel’s grandparents Archibald Magrew & Ruth (Miller) Magrew moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania & platted Westville in 1815, naming it after the areas first settler, Basil West. Lemuel & Zalinda were buried with relatives in Oak Dale Cemetery on Patrick Ave in Urbana.

Nettleton – Mad River Township
Post Office: 1888 – 1892
Location: 40.119111, -83.874594
on US 36 at the intersection of Zimmerman Rd along Nettle Creek
Remnants: Myrtle Tree Baptist Church & Cemetery on US 36 west of the intersection
Description: Nettleton had a blacksmith shop and a couple of mills next to Nettle Creek owned by the Wiant (Wyant) family. The Myrtle Tree congregation was formed in 1830. Its present church was constructed in 1881. Many members of the Wiant family were buried in the cemetery along with other early pioneers & later residents.

New York
Location: unknown
Description: It was listed in volume 1 of the 1917 county history book on page 1118 as a former town.

Old Pimtown – Salem Township
Location: 40.239989, -83.759892
on Pimtown Rd along Mad River between US 68 & Sidney Rd
Remnants: old business buildings on Pimtown Rd
Description: Old Pimtown was a small farming town with a grist mill next to Mad River. Samuel Taylor owned most of the land in the area. He was married 3 times & had 7 children. The Big Four Railroad went through town but it didn’t have a train station there. Railroad tracks still run through that part of Champaign County & have since been rerouted to the west side of Mad River. The river was dredged in 1910 – 1912 to reduce flooding & caused the farmland values along it to skyrocket. As a consequence, farm wells went dry & had to be dug deeper. Mad River had to be re-dredged after the Great Flood Of 1913. The process was completed in 1916. 

Proctor – Jackson Township
Location: 40.051539, -83.971710
on St Paris – New Carlisle Rd between SR 55 & Cowpath Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: This farming town is a bit of a mystery & there wasn’t any references to it in the old history books. According to the maps, D.W. Proctor was the proprietor & owned a few sections of land in the area. 

Rohrertown – Mad River & Urbana Township
Location: 40.109560, -83.801277
on River Rd along Mad River between US 36 & Stickley Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Daniel Rohrer (1810 – 1847) from Pennsylvania & Sarah (Loudenback) Rohrer Snyder (1814 – 1874) born in Champaign County. Daniel walked from his home state to Champaign while seeking land to invest in. He walked back to Pennsylvania to gather some personal belongings & returned again on foot to Champaign in the early 1830s. The walking was all done in an effort to save money. Daniel built a grist mill & distillery next to Mad River. 
While nearly monetarily exhausted, Daniel secured a $2,000 loan to complete the mill. He married Sarah in 1834. They had 4 children with one dying in infancy. The mill & distillery were very lucrative enterprises. The loan was paid back within 15 years & the family amassed a fortune of around $45,000. The town also had a general store & a school on land donated by the Rohrers. It was at the bend in River Rd heading north to Stickley Rd. Sarah remarried after Daniel passed away but they were buried together with relatives in Nettle Creek Cemetery at the intersection of SR 560 & Nettlecreek Rd. 

Saratoga (Saratoga Mills) – Salem Township
Location: 40.156576, -83.767857
on SR 296 at the railroad track crossing along the Simon Kenton Trail north of Kings Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: The original town proprietors were Alexander Vance (1811 – 1889) & Mary (Ward) Vance (1818 – 1906). Alexander was a son of Joseph Vance, the 13th Governor Of Ohio & was born on his parents land known as the Governor Vance Farm. He inherited a grist mill on the farm along Kings Creek just south of the GPS coordinates & later added a saw mill. The family donated land for tracks on the Sandusky, Dayton, & Cincinnati Railroad (bought by the Big Four) & the town had a school on the south side of SR 296 east of the railroad. Alexander & Mary had 12 children & sold the farm in 1859 & moved to Urbana. The mills were destroyed in a fire in 1879. Alexander & Mary were buried with relatives in Oak Dale Cemetery on Patrick Ave in Urbana. 

Scottsburg – Concord Township
Location: 40.156526, -83.861624
on Millertown-Eris Rd at the intersection of Lantz Rd north of Hog Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: Orsamus Scott made a plat recording in Section 20 & a few houses were built on the lots, but the town never grew any & quickly faded away.

Sodom – Rush Township
Location: 40.135046, -83.569242
on US 36 between Bullard – Rutan Rd & SR 559
Remnants: Sodom – Clark Cemetery at the GPS Coordinates, former one-room schoolhouse on the north side of US 36 east of the cemetery
Description: Sodom was a small farming town & had a grange hall. The former school has been restored & is now a private residence. Sodom – Clark Cemetery started out on a farm owned by James Clark (1775 – 1862) & Martha (Davis) Clark (1782) – 1868). Many of the headstones have been lost to time.

Steinberger – Mad River Township
Post Office: 1886 – 1887
Location: 40.069162, -83.807802
on SR 55 along Mad River between Bair Rd & W Hickory Grove Rd
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: The town was founded by David Steinberger (1800 – 1883) & Elizabeth (Pence) Steinberger (1804 – 1834). They were married in 1821, moved to Ohio from Virginia, & had 7 children. David built a grist mill, saw mill, & a whiskey distillery on their farm next to Mad River. After Elizabeth passed away, he married Lucy (Gaines) Steinberger (1813 – 1900) & had 8 more children. A shoe shop was on the northeast side of the intersection of SR 55 & Bair Rd & a school at the intersection of SR 55 & SR 560 was also used for elections. David, Elizabeth, & Lucy were buried with relatives in Nettle Creek Cemetery on SR 560 at Nettlecreek Rd. The Steinberger surname is of German origin with alternative spellings of Steinbarger & Steenbarger.

Stutzmanns – Salem Township
Location: 40.209912, -83.746777
on W Kanagy Road off of US 68
Remnants: still a populated area
Description: This small hamlet was platted on land owned by the Stuzman family which was related by marriage to the Kanagy family. Their alternative surname spellings are Kanaga & Kenaga. Residents were buried in Oak Grove Cemetery east of town on N Ludlow Rd between E Kanagy Rd & Sibley Rd.  

Winchester
Location: unknown
Description: 
It was listed in volume 1 of the 1917 county history book on page 1118 as a former town.

Clark County Ohio Ghost Towns

Allentown – Green Township
Location: 39.831938, -83.857700
on W Jackson Rd between US 68 (Springfield Xenia Rd) & Tanyard Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Aaron Allen Sr. (1790 – 1846) from Union County, New Jersey & Phoebe (Hirst) Allen (1795 – 1854). They got married in 1815, had 5 children, & settled in Green Township in 1832. Aaron was a machinist, & prior to the family’s arrival in Clark County, he worked as a foreman in Pittsburgh helping build the first steamboat that sailed down the Ohio River to Cincinnati. Aaron made that historic journey with the boat as its engineer. In the mid-1830s, Aaron constructed the a steam-powered saw mill at Allentown, the first one in Ohio north of Cincinnati. The mill was destroyed by a fire in 1852. Allentown had about 15 residences at the GPS coordinates & a school on the north side of W Jackson Rd where it turns south toward Tanyard Rd. It was mentioned in the 1908 20th Century History Of Springfield And Clark County, but was deemed to be in “considerable decay” at that time. Aaron & Phoebe Allen were buried with relatives 2 miles northwest of the GPS coordinates in Ebenezer Cemetery on the west side of US 68.

Brooks (Brooks Station) – Harmony Township
Location: 39.900234, -83.676514
on Newlove Rd at the railroad crossing between London Plattsburg Rd & Fletcher Chapel Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were Andrew Nathan Brooks (1835 – 1904) & Mary Ann (Foreman) Brooks (1837 – 1886). They married in 1855, had 7 children, & owned a 140 acre farm on in the southeast lot of the GPS coordinates where they made a good living in the cattle & grain industries. A grain elevator in the northwest corner of the Brooks fed cars on the Springfield & Columbus Railroad, later bought by the Big Four (Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad). There was also a town hall on the west side of Newlove Rd across from the elevator. Andrew & Mary Ann were buried with many relatives in Ferncliff Cemetery And Arboretum about 10 & 1/2 miles west of town on McCreight Ave in Springfield. 

Brottensburgh (Snyder’s Station) (Enon Station) – Mad River Township
Post Office: 1837 – 1838
Location: 39.890362, -83.935652
on Enon Rd between I-70 & SR 4 along Mad River
Description: Brothers James Leffel (1799 – 1887) & John Leffel built a grist mill in 1818 next to Mad River. The town of Brottensburgh formed nearby, about 3/4 of a mile from present-day Enon. It was mostly comprised of the mill workers & others in various jobs related to the industry, & the majority of the houses were log cabins. Brottensburgh had a dry goods store, a grocery store, & the first post office in the township. Enon was platted in 1838 & the postmaster of Brottensburgh, John R. Miller (1793 – 1855) moved his store & post office there the same year. He was buried with relatives & other early local residents in Enon Knob Prairie Cemetery about a mile southeast of the GPS coordinates north of the eastern end of Speedway Dr. The mill at Brottensburgh was sold several times & was improved with a large brick distillery. However, Brottensburgh couldn’t compete with the rapid growth of Enon & gradually faded out of existence in the mid-1800s. The mill site was purchased by Henry Snyder Sr. (1783 – 1869) from Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, who turned the town into Snyder’s Station with a train station on the Mad River & Lake Erie Railroad. 2 of his sons, John Snyder (1810 – 1896) & David Line Snyder (1816 – 1898) subsequently ran the mill site under the name of Enon Mills. The town was listed as Enon Station in the 1870 county atlas & was on the Atlantic & Great Western Railroad. In the 1894 county atlas, it was on the Big Four Railroad & New York, Pennsylvania, & Ohio Railroad. The train stations were still called Snyder & there was one on both railroads. The Leffel brothers & Snyder family were buried with relatives in Ferncliff Cemetery And Arboretum on McCreight Ave in Springfield. 

Chribbs Station
Location: unknown
Description: Chribbs Station was the first settlement in the county & was founded along the Mad River in 1796. Prior to the railroad era, the term “station”, when connected to a town name, usually implied the location was fortified in some way.

Funderburg – Bethel Township
Location: 39.931248, -83.997315
on Milton Carlisle Rd at the intersection of Funderburg Rd
Remnants: Funderburg Cemetery on the north side of Milton Carlisle Rd about 1/4 mile northwest of the GPS Coordinates
Description: It was a farming & livestock raising town founded by Daniel Funderburg (1811 – 1882) & Diana (Keplinger) Funderburg (1812 – 1862). They married in 1835 & had a few children. After Diana passed away, Daniel married one of her sisters, Salome (Keplinger) Funderburg (1816 – 1874). That may seem a bit strange these day, but it wasn’t an uncommon occurrence back then & we have run across the same situation in a few other places. Daniel remarried again after Salome passed away, with Rebecca (Renner) Funderburg (1825 – 1894). The cemetery was established in the early 1800s by the Heck family. It’s well-maintained with a nice split log fence. Everyone mentioned in this listing was buried there except for Rebecca, who was laid to rest in Medway Cemetery about 5 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates on the south side of Lower Valley Pike.

Hennessee (Hennessy) (Hennessey) – Mad River Township
Location: 39.831109, -83.877049
on W Jackson Rd at the former railroad crossing between US 68 (Springfield Xenia Pike) & S Tecumseh Rd
Remnants: former railroad path currently part of the Little Miami Scenic Trail
Description: The town was founded shortly after the Little Miami Railroad was built through the area in the mid-1840s. It wasn’t much more than a small cluster of houses, but also had a train station. The tracks were later bought by the Pennsylvania Railroad & the former path is currently a paved recreation trail. Hennnessee fell into obscurity in the early 1900s.

Melrose – Springfield Township & City Of Springfield
Location: 39.908006, -83.843907
on Rebert Pike at the intersection of Rhomenus St along Mill Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: Melrose had a grist mill & a saw mill next to Mill Creek & a one-room schoolhouse south of the intersection of Rebert Pike & W Possom Rd. The mills were owned by Andrew Rebert (1818 – 1886) from Pennsylvania & Elizabeth (Landis) Rebert (1827 – 1900) for about 20 years & the road was named after their family. The area is presently called Sunnyland. Andrew & Elizabeth Rebert had several children & were buried with relatives in Ferncliff Cemetery on McCreight Ave in Springfield.

New Boston (Piqua) – Bethel Township
Post Office: 1818 – 1824
Location: 39.907609, -83.908910
on S Tecumseh Rd at the SR 4 underpass along Mad River
Remnants: New Boston Cemetery in George Rogers Clark Park
Description: New Boston was founded in 1809 by Henry Bailey at the former site of Piqua (Peckuwe), a Native American Shawnee town founded in 1754. Piqua also grew to include settlers from the Wyandot, Delaware, & Mingo tribes & was the birthplace of Shawnee Chief Tecumseh (1768 – 1813). It was fortified with Revolutionary War British troops & was destroyed in 1780 by General George Rogers Clark (1752 – 1818) & his American soldiers. New Boston was the only rival Springfield had in those early days. When Springfield barely won the county seat in 1818 by 2 votes, growth in New Boston began to decline. It was officially annexed into Springfield in 1866 when the town was abandoned by an order of the court. The George Rogers Clark Heritage Association hosts an annual fair in George Rogers Clark Park near the site of the Battle of Piqua. New Boston Cemetery is in the park but there are only 3 gravestones left. Another interesting location in the vicinity is the reportedly haunted home of Daniel Hertzler (1800 – 1867) & Catharine (Hershey) Hertzler (1809 – 1872) from Pennsylvania, now a restored museum at 930 S Tecumseh Rd. They got married in 1827, moved to Clark County in the early 1830s, & owned the farm at the former site of Piqua & New Boston in the mid-1800s. Daniel was found dead in the house due to a gunshot wound. 2 suspects were arrested for the crime, but they subsequently escaped & justice was never served. The house was listed on the National Register Of Historic Places in 1978. Daniel & Catharine had 10 children & were buried with relatives in Ferncliff Cemetery on McCreight Ave in Springfield.

Owl Town – German Township
Location: 40.007014, -83.821546
on Tremont City Rd at the intersection of River Rd along the Mad River at the confluence of Champan Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: Owl town formed around a distillery with an attached grist & a saw mill built next to the west side of the Mad River in 1839 by Kniesley & Kiblinger. It was the largest distillery in the county at the time. Many homes in the area were built with the saw mill lumber & there was about a dozen houses in town. According to local lore, the town was named after owls who were the suspects involved in numerous chicken disappearances in town. As it turned out, boys working at the distillery & mill were the culprits, snatching the chickens & cooking them in the distillery furnace. The distillery & mill was purchased around 1859 by Daniel Blose (1818 – 1871), one of his sons John H. Blose (1838 – 1919), & a brother-in-law of Daniel, Jacob Seitz (1815 – 1892). The distillery closed in 1865 & the mills didn’t last much longer. Daniel & John Blose were buried with relatives about 7 miles north of town in Nettle Creek Cemetery on the west side of SR 560 in Mad River Township, Champaign County. Jacob Sietz was buried with relatives in Ferncliff Cemetery on McCreight Ave in Springfield. A couple of covered bridges crossing the Mad River were later the locations of some unfortunate events. They were constructed in 1865 – 1867, replacing 2 old open wood bridges, one for traffic heading east & the other heading west. Jesse Mead drowned there in 1888 & a car plunged into Mad River, killing one of the occupants, after the covered bridges were removed in 1904 while they were being replaced by a new iron bridge. 

Oxtoby (Oxtoby Station) – Harmony Township
Post Office: 1875 – 1877
Location: 39.901688, -83.695354
on Fletcher Rd at the railroad crossing between London Plattsburg Rd & Fletcher Chapel Rd
Remnants: Fletcher Chapel & Cemetery 1/2 mile south of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Fletcher Pike & Fletcher Chapel Rd
Description: The town was founded by Henry Oxtoby Sr. (1770 – 1838) & Elizabeth (Cook) Oxtoby (1769 – 1836) with farming & livestock raising as the main industries. Henry & Elizabeth had 4 children, immigrated to the U.S. from England in 1803, & moved from New York to Clark County in 1814. A Methodist congregation formed in the area that year & a small brick chapel was constructed around 1822. It was replaced by a larger brick structure in 1848. Oxtoby originally had an early log schoolhouse. A newer one was built on land donated by Henry Oxtoby Jr. (1801 – 1887), who expanded the family’s original 160 acre homestead to around 300 acres by 1870. He married Harriet (Newlove) Oxtoby (1799 – 1846) in 1825 & had a few children. After Harriet passed away, Henry married one of her sisters, Ann (Newlove) Oxtoby (1804 – 1874). Henry also served as the sexton of Fletcher Chapel for a few decades & donated land for a train station & the track path of the 
Springfield & Columbus Railroad, later bought by the Big Four (Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad). The town faded into oblivion in the early 1900s. The Oxtoby family was laid to rest in Fletcher Cemetery.

Riceville – City Of Springfield (formerly in Springfield Township)
Location: 39.906260, -83.803971
on Fremont Ave at the intersection of Clay St
Remnants: none known
Description: It was platted with 95 lots on 25 acres in 1871 by Henry C. Rice (1831 – 1895). He married Sarah (Dean) Rice (1830 – 1901) in 1855 & had 3 children. The lots didn’t sell well & the town was eventually annexed into Springfield. Henry & Sarah Rice were buried with relatives in Ferncliff Cemetery on McCreight Ave in Springfield.

Royal (Royal Siding) – Madison Township
Location: unknown
Description: It was on the Ohio Southern Railroad in the northwest portion of Madison Township in the late 1800s to early 1900s.

Spunky Puddle – Moorefield Township
Location: 40.012093, -83.791908
on SR 72 (Urbana Rd) at the intersection of Willow Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Strangely enough, there’s no information online about Spunky Puddle & it doesn’t pop up on any of the historic maps or in the county’s history books. The town certainly had an interesting name, but everything else about it is a mystery. 

Stafford – Pike Township
Location: 39.973463, -84.033816
on Stafford Rd at the intersection of Addison – New Carlisle Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The original proprietors were Irish immigrants George Stafford Sr. (1769 – 1840) & Catharine (Fair) Stafford (1780 – 1871). They married in the U.S., moved to Virginia around 1790, & relocated to Clark County in 1811. George & Catharine had 11 children. A few of them carried on the tradition of farming in the area & expanded the family’s homestead. The town had a school on the south side of Stafford Rd southeast of the GPS coordinates that was pinpointed in the 1870 county atlas near the middle of the farm owned by George Stafford Jr. (1804 – 1880). A newer school was built on the same farm in its southeast corner & was pinpointed on the 1894 county atlas. At that time, the land was owned by Robert F. Stafford (1841 – 1925) & Jeannette (Johnston) Stafford (1852 – 1942). George & Catharine were buried with relatives & other local pioneers in Blacks Cemetery about 3 miles northwest of the GPS coordinates on the west side of SR 235 (N Dayton – Lakeview Rd). George Jr. & Robert were buried with relatives in New Carlisle Cemetery 4 miles south of town at the intersection of SR 235 & Musselman Rd.  

Willis – Madison Township
Location: 39.807410, -83.669966
on Old Columbus – Cincinnati Rd (Old Rte 42 Rd) on the south side of US 44 along the Ohio To Erie Trail
Remnants: none known
Description: During the stagecoach era, William Willis operated a widely known hotel which was an important stopping point in the times before railroads. Located on a well-traveled road between Columbus & Cincinnati, a couple of its prominent guests included politicians Thomas Corwin & Henry Clay in 1830 – 1840. The hotel was a one-story log house with 3 rooms. The Ohio To Erie Trail is a paved recreational path stretching across the state from the southwest corner of the state to the northeast, running along the former Columbus & Xenia Railroad bed through Willis. 

Windsor – Harmony Township
Location: 39.941499, -83.662274
on Old Columbus Rd at the intersection of Vernon – Asbury Rd (Co Hwy 358)
Remnants: none known
Description: Windsor was platted with 105 lots in 1816 by Revolutionary War veteran Simeon Bardwell (1747 – 1837) from Massachusetts. Caleb Barrett opened a store in Windsor before 1825, but he later moved to Vienna when the National Road (US 40) was built through there. There was a blacksmith shop on the farm of William D. Baird (1803 – 1886) on the south side of Old Columbus Rd west of the GPS coordinates. A school (Harmony Township No. 6) was on the north side of Old Columbus Rd on land owned by John Jones (1814 – 1901) & Mary (Botkin) Jones (1815 – 1893) who owned the farm on the east side of the GPS coordinates. Simeon Bardwell was buried 3 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates in South Vienna Cemetery on the north side of US 40. The Baird & Jones families were laid to rest in Asbury Chapel Cemetery 2 miles north of town at the intersection of Venron – Asbury Rd & Jones Rd. It was stated in the 1908 county history book that an Englishman once stopped by & asked John Jones where Windsor was, to which John replied, “Look around & you will find it”.

Clermont County Ohio Ghost Towns

Allisonia – Stonelick Township
Location: 39.122752, -84.206434 
on the south side of US 50 between Stonelick Creek & East Fork Of The Little Miami
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Revolutionary War veteran & first US Surgeon General, Dr. Richard Allison from New York (1757 – 1816) & Rebecca (Strong) West (1777 – 1828) from Connecticut. Richard was the first doctor in Cincinnati in 1789 & Rebecca was widely known as Cincinnati’s most intellectual & beautiful woman. They were the first settlers in Owensville (Boston) which was platted on their land grant. Richard & Rebecca also owned land & a cabin at the confluence of Stonelick Creek & the East Fork Of The Little Miami along with a grist & saw mill. Samuel Perin (1785 – 1865), who founded Perintown, arrived in 1805 & had Richard attend to a limb wound he received while traveling. In payment, Samuel updated the grist & saw mill & worked for the Allisons for a few years. The town was platted in 1815. Unfortunately Richard passed away the following year & it didn’t grow much before getting abandoned. Rebecca remarried after Richard’s death. They were buried in Wesleyan Cemetery on Colerain Ave in Cincinnati.

Angola (Baywood) (Concord) – Williamsburg  Township
Post Office – 1854 – 1872 & 1863 – 1905
Location: 39.021996, -84.080308 
on Bethel Concord Rd at the intersection of Todds Run Twin Bridges Rd
Remnants: Concord Church & Cemetery on Twin Bridges Rd east of the GPS coordinates
Description: Angola (1854 – 1872) was the original name of the post office at Concord. It was discontinued a couple of times & went with the name Baywood (1863 – 1905) when it wasn’t called Angola.

Beechwood (Beechwood Station) (Elston) (Elstens Station) – Union & Miami Township
Location: 39.156464, -84.273584 
on Round Bottom Rd at the intersection of Beechwood Rd along the railroad tracks
Remnants: Round Bottom Rd cemetery on the north side of the road about 1 & 1/2 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town had a train station on the Cincinnati & Eastern Railroad (later the Norfolk & Western Railroad) & a one room school, Union Township No. 5, on the east side of Beechwood Rd. The original proprietors were Wilson J. Elstun (1845 – 1924) & Alice J. Elstun (1847 – 1936) who owned a 240 acre farm on the north side of the GPS coordinates. Their family surname is also spelled Elston & Elsten in some branches. They were buried with relatives in Greenlawn Cemetery on US 50 in Milford. The later train station called Beechwood was just east of the GPS coordinates between land owned by the Ragland & Davis families. Some of the other local residents were buried in Round Bottom Rd Cemetery.

California (Afton) – Williamsburg Township
Post Office: 1849 – 1865 & 1865 – 1912
Location: 39.061127, -84.100947  
on Half – Acre Rd at the intersection of Dixie Ln along Cabin Run
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: California was the original name of Afton & its post office from 1849 – 1865. It had a train station on the Cincinnati, Portsmouth, & Virginia Railroad (Norfolk & Western Railway).

Charleston – Goshen Township
Location: 39.215924, -84.134201 
on Woodville Pike at the intersection of Manilla Rd
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: It was named in the mid-1840s by Charles Thacker (1809 – 1875) & Margaret Jane (Brunson) Thacker (1811 – 1863) who owned a general store purchased from William Vaughn. The town grew up around an abundance of natural springs & had a school & Methodist Episcopal church with about 50 members. George W. Boutell purchased the general store in 1848 & also ran a private post office out of it. The main industries were farming & barrel making (cooper shops). Charleston fell off the maps in the early 1900s. Charles & Margaret were buried with relatives in Goshen Cemetery on Spring St in Goshen.

Clifton (southern quarter of New Richmond) – Ohio Township
Location: 38.944344, -84.275848   
on Old US 52 between Augusta St & Little Indian Creek
Remnants: Greenmound Cemetery on Greenmound Rd
Description: Clifton was a separate town that eventually got annexed into New Richmond as a plat addition. It appeared on maps in the 1891 & 1902 Clermont County atlases.

Cohoon (Cohoon Station) (Perintown) – Miami & Union Township
Location: 39.136739, -84.238953 
on Round Bottom Rd at the intersection of Binning Rd
Remnants: former train station attendant’s house at the road bend where the railroad tracks turn south, remnants of the first electric power plant in the county on the west side of Binning Rd
Description: Cahoon was the name of the train station at Perintown on the west side of the East Fork Of The Little Miami River along the Cincinnati, Portsmouth, & Virginia Railroad (Norfolk & Western Railway). It was named after the family of the landowner at the time, Olive A. Cahoon (1846 – 1914). The train station’s name was changed to Perintown in the early 1900s. The power plant built in 1906 on Binning Rd provided electricity for the “Swing Line” traction cars that ran from Norwood to Hillsboro.

East Liberty (Gernon) (Baldwin) (Baldwin Station) – Batavia & Union Township
Post Office: 1876 – 1908
Location: 39.120855, -84.211888 
on Baldwin Rd at the intersection of Binning Rd
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: Its first proprietor, John Bills, constructed a small grist mill next to the East Fork of the Little Miami around 1825. The mill was sold to John Baker & Mathias Kugler (1822 – 1919) purchased it from John. Mathias named the town East Liberty & built a larger grist mill along with a saw mill on the site. He also operated a general store, distillery, & a cooper (barrel) factory. Those all closed before the town name changed to Baldwin in the mid-1870s. David Baldwin donated land for a train station when the Cincinnati & Eastern Railroad (later bought by the Norfolk & Western Railway) arrived in the area. A new general store opened up & was owned by Reece Sapp (1848 – 1923), who was also the first postmaster. David platted the town with 21 lots on 5 streets in 1877. Despite the successes the area had in the mid to late 1800s, it never grew beyond the original plat & fell off of maps in the early 1900s. Joseph M. Stevenson was the last postmaster. Mathias Kugler was buried with relatives in Evergreen Cemetery about 13 miles northwest of town on SR 126 in Miami Township. Reece Sapp was buried with relatives in Greenlawn Cemetery 6 miles northwest of the GPS coordinates on US 50 in Milford. The Gernon family was also influential in the area & the town took on their name at some point. Many residents were reportedly buried in a cemetery about 1/4 of a mile from Binning Rd on the east side of Olive Branch – Stonelick Rd, but its location has since been lost to time.

East Mount Carmel (Summerside) – Union Township
Location: 39.104914, -84.288808 
on Old St Rt 74 at the intersection of Summerside Rd
Remnants: Summerside United Methodist Church at the intersection
Description: It was named by results of a contest & was listed in the 1870 Clermont County Atlas. As far as stores, shops, & public buildings go, if there wasn’t something in East Mount Carmel, it was surely somewhere in Mount Carmel. The area was never abandoned but lost its name & status as a separate town. The old part of the church at the intersection was built in 1852 on land owned by Samuel Lane Jr. (1802 – 1868) & Elizabeth (Dial) Lane (1805 – 1865). The were buried with relatives in Olive Branch Cemetery on Olive Branch – Stonelick Rd.

Elk Lick – Tate Township
Location: 39.007109, -84.138441 
on Elklick Rd in East Fork State Park
Remnants: Old Bethel Methodist Church & Cemetery at the GPS coordinates, Bantam school on Williamsburg – Bantam Rd southeast of the GPS Coordinates
Description: Elk Lick was founded by Reverend John Collins (1769 – 1845) & Sarah (Blackman) Collins (1776 – 1863) from New Jersey & named after the natural salt licks in the area. John built a log cabin church in 1805. It was replaced with a frame church in 1818 & rebuilt in 1867. John & Sarah’s son Richard (1796 – 1855) was a War Of 1812 veteran & a wealthy lawyer. He had a 37 room mansion constructed in Elk Lick. It was the nicest house in the county for several decades but fell into disrepair & was destroyed in 1972 along with many other buildings from the old town during the William Harsha (East Fork) Lake flood control project. Approximately half of the town was flooded by the lake. John, Sarah, & Richard were buried with relatives in the cemetery.

Fair Oak  (Fair Oak Station) – Monroe Township
Location: 38.993916, -84.174827 
on Lindale – Mt Holly Rd at the intersection of Fair Oak Rd & Berry Rd
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: The town had a train station on the Cincinnati, Georgetown, & Portsmouth Railroad that was on the west side of Lindale – Mt Holly Rd a little north of the GPS coordinates & had a school (Monroe Township No. 8) in the northwest corner of the intersection of Lindale – Mt Holly Rd & Back Run Rd. The train tracks were sold for scrap in the late 1930s after the railroad went out of business.

Funston
Post Office: 1901 – 1904
Location: unknown
It was listed in the 1903 ABC Pathfinder Shipping & Mailing Guide with Williamsburg having the closest train station. Arch C. Snell (1869 – 1914) was the postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Stonelick I.O.O.F. Cemetery on US 50 west of Owensville.

Home – Pierce Township
Location: 39.024855, -84.316827 
on Old US Rt 52 at the intersection of 9 Mile Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was a small farming town with a blacksmith shop.

Hulicks – Batavia Township
Location: 39.084526, -84.148379  
on Bauer Rd at the intersection of Elmwood Rd & stretched west toward SR 132 & northeast up Bauer Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The original proprietors were James Hulick Sr. (1787 – 1875) from New Jersey & Rebecca (Weaver) Hulick (1799 – 1875) from Virginia. They were married in Ohio in 1816, had 6 children, & a nice farm. James & Rebecca were buried with relatives in Union Cemetery on Cemetery Ln in Batavia.

Maywood (Maywood Station) – Batavia Township
Location: 39.065624, -84.110180 
on Curliss Ln at the railroad track crossing between Batavia – Williamsburg Pike (Old St Rt 32) & SR 32
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: Maywood was platted with 16 lots in 1877 by James Davidson (1837 – 1928) & Martha (Summers) Davidson (1837 – 1902). It had a train station on the Cincinnati Portsmouth, & Virginia Railroad (Norfolk & Western Railway), a school, & a few small businesses including a general store & blacksmith shop in the late 1800s to early 1900s. James & Martha were buried with relatives in Williamsburg Cemetery at the intersection of N 8th St & Gay St in Williamsburg.

Mount Moriah – Union Township
Location: 39.067755, -84.291766 
on Mount Moriah Dr between SR 125 & Commercial Blvd
Remnants: Mount Moriah Methodist Church & Cemetery at the GPS coordinates
Description: Squeezed between Tobasco & Withamsville, Mount Moriah never had much of a chance at staying a town on its own, but it did have a stop on the “Black Line” of interurban traction cars that ran along the current road in the early 1900s. Mount Moriah Church was built in 1842, expanded in 1869, & remodeled in 1879. The cemetery sits on the former Witham Farm, purchased in 1800 by Reverend Maurice Witham (1749 – 1807) & Hannah (Bragdon) Witham (1750 – 1818), the founders of Withamsville. They were buried with relatives in the cemetery.

Nice (Schneider’s Corner) (Schneiders Crossroads) – Monroe Township
Post Office: 1896 – 1905
Location: 38.955707, -84.201361
on Laurel – Lindale Rd at the intersection of Bethel – New Richmond Rd

Remnants: Shaw Cemetery on the east side of Jet Hill Rd about 1/2 mile north of Bethel – New Richmond Rd
Description: This small postal & farming town was originally called Schneider’s Corner or Schneider’s Crossroads. It had a school (Monroe Township No. 3) on the south side of Bethel – New Richmond Rd west of the GPS coordinates & a general store on the east side of Laurel – Lindale Rd north of the GPS coordinates. The general store was on land owned by German immigrant Joseph Schneider (1834 – 1894) & Katherine (Braun) Schneider (1846 – 1922). Katherine was the first known postmaster. A picture of her residence & family appeared on page 104 of the 1902 county atlas. Joseph & Katherine were buried with relatives 5 miles northwest of the GPS coordinates in Saint Peters Cemetery on the west side of Fagins Run Loop Rd in Ohio Township. Their surname was sometimes spelled as Snider or Snyder. John C. Shaw (1848 – 1924) was the last postmaster. He married Sallie (Goble) Shaw (1853 – 1937) in 1875. They were buried with relatives in Greenmound Cemetery 4 miles southwest of town on Greenmound Rd off of US 52 in New Richmond. John’s great-grandfather, James Shaw, was a Revolutionary War veteran who served with General Neville. His grandparents, John Shaw Sr. (1779 – 1847) from York County, Pennsylvania & Nancy (Morin) Shaw (1785 – 1867) from Culpeper County, Virginia, were early settlers in the area. They married in 1804, owned a large farm, had a few children, & were buried with relatives in Shaw Cemetery.
Thanks to Debra Geesner from the Clermont County Genealogical Society for providing some of the info on Nice! Joseph & Katherine Schneider are a set of her husband’s maternal great-grandparents.

Nineveh (Ninevah) (Pleasant Valley) – Pierce Township
Location: 39.040044, -84.296406 
on 9 Mile Rd between Bradbury Rd & Locust Corner Rd along Ninemile Creek
Remnants: historical marker at the GPS coordinates, old houses & farms in the area
Description: The town was founded in the late 1830s by George Floro. It had several general stores over the decades, 2 blacksmiths, a doctor, wagon shop, cooperage,  school, church, & a train station on the Cincinnati & Eastern Railway. The railroad went out of business in 1889 & the tracks were removed before 1900.

Olive Branch Station (Apple’s Settlement) – Batavia & Union Township
Location: 39.084157, -84.225529 
on Old St Rt 74 at the intersection of Amelia – Olive Branch Rd
Remnants: Olive Branch Cemetery on the old section of Olive Branch – Stonelick Rd (east of the new road & dead ends before SR 32), Camp Allyn & historical marker north of the GPS coordinates on the west side of Amelia – Olive Branch Rd
Description: About 80 years prior to the Cincinnati, Georgetown, & Portsmouth Railroad rolling through the area, it was settled by Revolutionary War veteran Andrew Apple (1745 – 1817) & Catherine (Palm) Apple (1747 – 1822) & called Apple’s Settlement. The Apples had 11 children & a massive 2100 acre farm. The town name changed to Olive Branch in 1845. Camp Allyn on Amelia – Olive Branch Rd was the location of the Clermont County Fair from 1857 – 1863 & the grounds were used for training & mustering troops during the Civil War. Olive Branch had a train station built along the Cincinnati, Georgetown, & Portsmouth railroad in the late 1870s & a water pump station at Camp Allyn supplied electricity for the community & tracks as steam power was going obsolete. In the 1880s there were 2 churches, an Odd Fellows hall, several mechanic shops & dozens of houses in town. The train station closed in 1935. Andrew & Catherine Apple were buried with relatives in the old section of Olive Branch Cemetery which was originally on the family farm.

Pleasant Grove – Washington Township
Post Office: 1849 – 1860
Location: 38.854078, -84.149397 
on SR 756 at the intersection of Fruit Ridge Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: This small farming & orchard town was listed on the 1857 Clermont County map. John Powell was the first postmaster.

Simpkinsville (Ashdale) – Stonelick Township
Location: 39.172397, -84.152062 
on SR 131 at the intersection of Baas Rd
Remnants: Simpkins Family Cemetery on private property behind 2100 State Rt 131 (ask permission before visiting)
Description: The proprietors were David Simpkins (1809 – 1889) & Lucinda (Robinson) Simpkins (1812 – 1879). David built a cooper shop in the late 1820s & the town had a couple of blacksmith shops & local schools in the mid to late 1800s. It currently goes by the name Ashdale. David & Lucinda were buried with relatives in Plainview Cemetery on the south side of SR 131 east of the GPS coordinates. Some of their children & other relatives were buried in Simpkins Family Cemetery.

South Milford Station – Union Township & City Of Milford (formerly in Miami Township)
Location: 39.154827, -84.288557 
on Round Bottom Rd at the intersection of South Milford Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It had a train station on the Norfolk & Western Railway & around a half dozen houses.

Spann (Ten Mile) – Pierce Township
Post Office: 1880 – 1883 & 1892 – 1905
Location: 39.009012, -84.259778 
on SR 749 (10 Mile Rd) at the intersection of Cole Rd along Tenmile Creek & streched north up Cole Rd
Remnants: former general store in the lot on the northwest side of the GPS coordinates, historical marker north of the GPS coordinates on the east side of Cole Rd, former school at the intersection of Cole Rd & Merwin 10 mile Rd, Ten Mile (Old Pierce Township) Cemetery on Bristol Rd, old houses & farms in the area
Description: Spann was originally called Ten Mile & was a & transportation hub for travelers with a public water well. A Baptist congregation formed in 1802 with a small stone church next to Ten mile Cemetery. Another church congregation formed in 1819 about 4 miles east to serve the growing local population & was dedicated as the Second Ten Mile Baptist Church. It grew so large that another town had to be established & so Lindale came into existence. A brick church was built there in 1853 & still stands today on SR 132 near the intersection of 10 Mile Rd. The general store was built in 1860 & managed by Marion Butler (1847 – 1918). Spann’s first post office was called Peoples from 1880 – 1882 with Samuel H. Peoples (1820 – 1890) being its postmaster. The name changed to Ten Mile & it was discontinued in 1883 but a new office named Spann opened in 1892. Pierce Township School No. 4 was also known as the Corner School & was in operation from the late 1800s to early 1900s.

Summit Station – Batavia Township
Location: 39.076502, -84.140990 
on Herold Rd at the intersection of Hospital Dr
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: The town had a train station on the Cincinnati, Portsmouth, & Virginia Railroad (Norfolk & Western Railway) & a few houses, but never grew to a size of much importance. The tracks in that area were removed & rerouted to the south.

Swings (Swings Station) (Swings Corner) – Tate Township
Location: 38.967524, -84.116260   
on Swings Corner Point Isabel Rd at the intersection of Crane Schoolhouse Rd
Remnants: Swing Family Cemetery on the north side of SR 125 west of Bethel (above painted retaining wall), old houses & farms in the area
Description: The town was founded by the massive Swing family in the township. It had a church, school, & a train station on the Cincinnati, Georgetown, & Portsmouth Railroad. Most of the family was buried in Swing Cemetery & some in the Old Settlers Burying Ground on SR 133 in Bethel.

Walkers Mills – Tate township
Location: 38.946756, -84.055720 
on Patterson Rd between Airport Rd & Sodom Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded by William T. Walker & had a train station on the Cincinnati, Georgetown, & Portsmouth Railroad.

Wood And Mannings Station – Washington Township
Location: 38.857124, -84.173895   
on Turkey Foot Rd between SR 756 & Haul Rd along Little Indian Creek
Remnants: Wood Cemetery at the GPS coordinates
Description: It was the first town in the southern half of Clermont County & was founded by John & David Wood & Elisha, Isaac, Nathan, & Richard Manning in 1795. They immediately built a stockade & double log cabin for their families to live in & the town to grow around. Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton, & Cornelius Washburn occasionally visited the cabin to rest & associate during their lengthy travels. Despite the importance of the settlement to the county & township, it didn’t last into the mid-1800s as the families scattered around & made their marks in other areas & towns. The cemetery is one of the oldest in the county & a very impressive site to explore. It’s located on a closed off section of Turkey Foot Rd. Appointments for visiting can be obtained by calling Washington Township at 513-553-2027. More of the area’s early settlers were laid to rest in Woods Hill Cemetery on Woods Hill Cemetery Rd off of Reed Rd in Franklin Township.

Clinton County Ohio Ghost Towns

Cedarville – Richland Township
Location: unknown
Description: This small farming town had a Baptist church & was listed in the Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guides from 1829 – 1841.

Macedonia – Washington Township
Post Office: 1871 – 1872
Location: 39.328999, -83.859235 
on Macedonia Rd at the intersection of Hunter Rd (Township Hwy 185)
Remnants: none known
Description: Madedonia’s heyday was in the 1870s. It had shoe shop on the west side of Hunter Rd north of East Todd Fork on land owned by Mahlon Thompson (1828 – 1899). He was buried with relatives in Moore – Johns Cemetery about 4 miles northwest of the GPS coordinates on private property on a now abandoned section of Kuebler Rd. A school (Washington Township No. 7) was on the south side of Macedonia Rd a 1/2 mile east of the intersection on land donated by Ephraim Batson (1826 – 1908) & Louisa (Wright) Batson (1829 – 1878). They got married in 1853, had 6 children, & were laid to rest with relatives in Second Creek Cemetery about 6 & 1/2 miles west of the GPS coordinates on the south side of 2nd Creek Rd in Marion Township. The town also had a blacksmith shop & a Christian church. Its original log building was replaced with a frame church in 1867 at a cost of $1200. Google Maps currently has the location of the church pinpointed, but it doesn’t appear to be the same structure. Macedonia faded out of existence prior to 1900. 

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. They built a small tavern & inn close to East Fork around 1800, the first one to open between Chillicothe & Cincinnati. Morgan was a surveyor & convinced local officials to run a newly proposed road (present day SR 73) through his land. The family then constructed a larger tavern & hotel along the road. Morgan 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: 39.540688, -83.831821
on Gano Rd between Hiney Rd & Bailey Rd
Remnants: New Burlington – Oglesbee Cemetery on private property 3 miles west of the GPS coordinates on private property on the east side of McKay Rd about a 1/2 mile 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 100 acre 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: Evans Cemetery on the north side of S Snowhill Rd about 1 & 1/4 miles east of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was founded by David Quinn (1804 – 1867) from Virginia & Mary (Woodmansee) Quinn (1811 – 1860) from New Jersey. David was a farmer, stock dealer, built a saw mill, & served in the state legislature from 1857 – 1858. The family owned over 1200 acres of land southeast of the GPS coordinates along Hornbeam Rd. It also had a school (Wayne Township No. 2) & a grange hall at the intersection. David & Mary were buried with relatives in Sugar Grove Cemetery on W Truesdell St in Wilmington. Many other residents were laid to rest in Evans Cemetery.

Columbiana County Ohio Ghost Towns

Azelda – Elkrun Township
Post Office: 1889 – 1903
Location: 40.751397, -80.638774
on SR 7 at the intersection of Dutchtown School Rd along Turkeyfoot Run
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Richard B. Tullis (1832 – 1915) & Elizabeth (Lyder) Tullis (1839 – 1914). They owned a 32 acre farm at the GPS coordinates, had a couple of children, & Richard was the postmaster. There was a school west of the GPS coordinates on Greenwood Rd, which used to take a slightly different course as seen in the 1902 county atlas. Richard & Elizabeth were buried with relatives in Clarkson Cemetery about 2 miles east of town on the west side of Sprucevale Rd at the intersection of Echo Dell Rd (Township Hwy 929) in Clarkson in Middleton Township.

Bell – Fairfield & Elkrun Township
Location: 40.813588, -80.664534
on SR 517 at the intersection of Low Rd (Township Hwy 907) along Little Bull Creek
Remnants: Hiram Bell Farmstead on the north side of SR 517 about 3/4 of a mile west of the GPS coordinates, Elkrun (Elkrun Friends) Cemetery in the woods on the east side of Low Rd about 1/4 of a mile south of the GPS coordinates
Description: The original proprietors were pioneers Smith Bell (1781 – 1827) from Sussex County, Delaware & Martha (Buzby) Bell (1788 – 1872) from Burlington County, New Jersey. They moved to Columbiana County in 1805, had 12 children, & the family was influential to the area’s success throughout the 1800s. One of Smith & Martha’s sons, Hiram Bell (1816 – 1885), married Martha (Freed) Bell (1832 – 1883) in 1849. They constructed the farmhouse on SR 517 along the Fairfield & Elkrun Township border in 1850, owned a steam-powered sawmill across the road in the 1860s & 1870s, & had 9 children. Hiram was also elected to serve a 3 year term as county commissioner starting in 1877. Smith & Martha were buried with relatives & other early residents in Elkrun Friends Cemetery which formerly had a rudimentary log meeting house. A picture of the meeting house is listed on the cemetery’s Find A Grave page & appears to be from the late 1800s to early 1900s. Hiram & Martha (Freed) Bell were laid to rest 3 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates in Kimble Cemetery on the north side of SR 154. Their farmstead was listed on the National Register Of Historic Places in 1999. An engraving of the farmstead in its heyday was listed in the 1870 county atlas. 

Bellefont (Bellefonte) – Middleton Township
Post Office: 1832 – 1833
Location: 40.754848, -80.563229
on SR 170 (Jackson St) at the intersection of Pancake – Clarkson Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was platted in 1816 by German immigrant Nicholas Young (1780 – 1855) & Barbara (Beard) Young (1786 – 1877), naming it after Bellefonte, Pennsylvania where they previously resided. Nicholas was a tailor & attempted to get other merchants to move the area, but most didn’t think it was a good location for a village. At its peak, Bellefont only had a half dozen houses. The plat was vacated long before publication of the 1879 county history book.  Nicholas & Barbara had a few children in Columbiana County, later moved, & were buried with relatives in Pine Grove Cemetery on the west side of Rowlesville Rd (County Rd 117) just north of Keesee Rd (Township Hwy 709) in Morgan Township, Vinton County. George W. Pancake (1810 – 1876) & Catherine (Shepler) Pancake (1808 – 1877) purchased the Young farm & operated a well-known tavern there in the mid-1800s. They were buried with relatives in Mt. Zion Cemetery on the south side of Pancake – Clarkson Rd about 1/2 mile west of the GPS coordinates. The cemetery wasn’t listed remnant for the town as it appears to have been established after Bellefont’s existence. Descendants of George & Catherine continue to operate businesses at the intersection, including Pancake Lawn Care, Landscaping, & Nursery & Pancake Auto Body Collision Repair.

Boyds (Boyd’s) – Liverpool Township
Post Office: 1837 – 1848
Location: 40.639719, -80.614572
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Irish immigrant James Boyd (born c. 1800) who was also the postmaster. James married Jeanette “Jane” (McLean) Boyd (d. 1856) & had a few children. Jane was buried with relatives in Calcutta United Presbyterian Cemetery about 4 & 1/2 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates on the west side of St Clair Ave (Co Hwy 428). 

Dale Furnace (Rebecca Furnace) – Center Township
Location: 40.779439, -80.789182
on the south side of Furnace Rd near the intersection of St Jacobs Logtown Rd next to Little Beaver Creek
Remnants: base of a former iron furnace at the GPS coordinates, stone house on the north side of Furnace Rd just northwest of the GPS coordinates
Description: Gideon Hughes constructed an iron furnace at the site in 1807, one of the oldest in the state, & named it after his wife Rebecca. Gideon operated the furnace from 1808 – 1830 & also constructed a roller mill with an added nail machine nearby. The furnace is presently the location of the Boy Scouts Of America’s Camp McKinley. U.S. President William McKinley’s family purchased the property in the 1830s, including a stone house built by Gideon Hughes in 1808, & continued to operate the furnace. The site was sold to the Boy Scouts Of America in 1934 & the stone house is now the residence of the camp’s ranger. 

East Salineville – Washington Township
Location: 40.622423, -80.814283
on Haiti Rd between SR 164 & the railroad crossing along North Fork Yellow Creek
Remnants: former plat roads with some newer residences
Description: It was on the Cleveland & Pittsburgh Railroad in the late 1800s to early 1900s & was last spotted on the Washington Township map in the 1905 county atlas. It’s unknown if any of the local residences date back to the days prior to East Salineville losing its status of being a town.

Grissells (Grissell’s) (Grisells)
Post Office: 1815 – 1829
Location: unknown
Description: The town was founded by Revolutionary War veteran Thomas Grisell (1763 – 1827) from New Castle County, Delaware & Martha (Dingee) Grisell – Hilles (1764 – 1843). They had a few children & Thomas was the town’s first postmaster. One of their sons, Joseph Grisell (1786 – 1867), took over the postmaster position after his father passed away. Thomas was buried in Woodsdale Cemetery at the intersection of Woodsdale Rd & Teegarden Rd (Co Hwy 411) north of Guilford Lake in Hanover Township. Martha remarried after Thomas passed away & moved with her second husband to Indiana where her children established their lives as well. Martha was buried with relatives in West Grove Cemetery on the north side of W 650 in in Penn Township, Jay County, Indiana. Joseph was laid to rest with most of Thomas & Martha’s descendants in Hillside Cemetery at the intersection of E Largo St (W 400 N) & N Grissell Rd in Pennville, Indiana.

Hastingsville – Franklin Township
Post Office: 1842 – 1854
Location: 40.662686, -80.909432
on Lewis Rd (Township Hwy 847) at the intersection of 5 Forks Rd (Township Hwy 749)
Remnants: none known
Description: Hastingsville had the first post office established in Franklin Township. John Sanders was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by James B. Hull (1820 – 1898). James married Eliza (Johnston) Hull (1820 – 1869) & had 12 children. The post office moved to Summitville when the Cleveland & Pittsburgh railroad was completed through there. James was buried with relatives 3 miles west of the GPS coordinates in Glade Run Cemetery on the north side of Aurora Rd NE in East Township, Carroll County.

Haysville – Washington Township
Location: 40.615686, -80.806769
on Salineville Rd at the intersection of Temme Rd along North Fork Yellow Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by John Hayes who was an early coal miner in Salineville. It was at the junction of the John Hayes & Co Railroad & the Cleveland & Pittsburgh Railroad. 100 tons of coal were regularly extracted daily from John’s mines until the late 1870s when production slowed down. Haysville was last spotted with a plat map on page 34 of the 1902 county atlas.

Little Beaver (Little Beaver Bridge) (Beaver’s Mills) (Moore’s Mills) – Liverpool Township
Post Office: 1815 – 1863
Location: 40.650150, -80.521815
on Calcutta – Smith Ferry Rd along Little Beaver Creek
Remnants: historical marker at the GPS coordinates, former covered bridge abutment on the west side of the creek near the historical marker
Description: John Beaver built a grist mill next to Little Beaver Creek in the first few years of the 1800s. He subsequently built a saw mill on the opposite side of the waterway & took Thomas Moore into proprietorship with him. They petitioned the county court in 1803 to construct a bridge crossing the creek. The request was granted & it became the site of the earliest known covered bridge in the state. John Beaver, John Coulter, & Jacob Bowman built the first paper mill in the state near the grist & saw mills. Named “The Ohio Paper Mill”, it opened for business in 1807 & closed in the early 1830s. The post office was called Little Beaver Bridge with Thomas Moore as the first postmaster. Thomas also operated a general store, tavern, & a blacksmith shop. He was succeeded in the postmaster position by Matthew Laughlin (1799 – 1876) who ran the office until it was discontinued. Matthew was buried with relatives & other residents of Little Beaver in Riverview Cemetery about 5 miles west of the GPS coordinates on the east side of St Clair Ave in East Liverpool. It’s unknown where John Beaver & Thomas Moore were laid to rest, but many of their descendants were also interred in the cemetery. 

Lockbridge – Center Township
Location: 40.777272, -80.810259
on SR 172 (New Garden Ave) at the intersection of Furnace Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Lockbridge was platted along the failed Sandy & Beaver Canal, which led to the rapid extinction of the town. Construction of the canal began in 1828 & was completed in 1848. However, it usually didn’t have sufficient water levels for cargo boat travel due to a lack of necessary aqueducts & culverts. The canal’s use limped along until 1852 when the Cold Run Reservoir Dam in Lisbon broke, destroying a large section of the canal, & construction of the Cleveland & Pittsburgh Railroad was completed through the area that same year. Lockbridge was first spotted on the 1841 county map, but disappeared before publication of the 1860 county map. 

Lucerne – Center Township
Post Office: 1893 – 1901
Location: unknown
Description: It was named after Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. Elizabeth (Morrow) Moncrief (1854 – 1938) was the postmaster. She was buried with relatives in Spring Hill Cemetery on the east side of Co Hwy 418 in Wellsville in Yellow Creek Township.

Martinsburg – Saint Clair Township
Location: 40.708519, -80.576598
on the east side of Sprucevale Rd in the woods north of Little Beaver Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: The story of Martinsburg is shrouded in mystery. Its only cartographic appearance was on the 1841 county map with a plat just east of Sprucevale. There’s no mention of the place in the history books, or in the Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guides from the time period in question.

McGarry – Knox Township
Location: 40.882836, -81.069817
on the railroad tracks south of Hartley Rd (Township Hwy 800) between Abbey Lane & an unnamed gravel road
Remnants: none known
Description: It had a train station on the Cleveland & Pittsburgh Railroad in the late 1800s to early 1900s & was named after a branch of the McGarry family in the county.

McKaigs Mills – Wayne Township
Post Office: 1832 – 1856
Location: 40.716464, -80.833455
on Trinity Church Rd at the intersection of Lisbon – Millport Rd (Township Hwy 764) along Little Beaver Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Patrick McKaig (1762 – 1831) & Rachel (Starr) McCaig (1781 – 1846) from Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. They got married in 1800 & had a few children. Patrick built a mill in the first decade of the 1800s, served as township trustee & justice of the peace, & was an ordained Presbyterian minister. Rachel was the town’s first postmaster. She was succeeded by Martin Armstrong (1790 – 1875). McKaigs Mill Covered bridge, crossing Little Beaver Creek just east of the GPS coordinates, was constructed in the 1870s & was lost to a fire in 1988. It was replaced with a modern steel & concrete bridge which still bears the former town’s name. Patrick was buried in Jordanville Cemetery about 7 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates in the woods south of the eastern end of Grant St in Lisbon. Rachel moved after Patrick passed away & was laid to rest in Gravel Hill (Pioneer) Cemetery on the east side of Page St in Middleport, Meigs County. Martin Armstrong was interred in Bethesda Cemetery 4 & 1/2 miles west of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Bethesda Rd & Willard Rd in Franklin Township.

Middle Beaver – Elkrun Township
Location: 40.730386, -80.636470
on SR 7 at the intersection of Leslie Rd (Township Hwy 1034) along Little Beaver Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: Edward Crawford platted Middle Beaver in anticipation of the Sandy & Beaver Canal’s arrival in the township. He opened a general store & sold some lots that were improved with houses. Unfortunately, the town lost a business competition to Williamsport, platted a half mile south in Madison Township. After that, the failure of the canal was the last straw for Middle Beaver & its plat reverted back to farmland. 

New Liberty (Liberty) – Middleton Township
Location: 40.745091, -80.612965
on Sprucevale Rd between Pancake – Clarkson Rd & Echo Dell Rd (Township Hwy 929)
Remnants: none known
Description: It was platted in 1817 on the east side of the GPS coordinates by War Of 1812 veteran Levi Guy (1790 – 1877) from Virginia, despite Clarkson already having been platted the previous year in the northeast corner of the adjoining farm to the west. Levi only convinced a person or two to build a house in his town & gave up the idea as Clarkson quickly stamped down the competition. However, the township rewarded Levi’s effort in improving the area with a road supervisor position in 1846. He was buried with relatives, including his wife Katharine (or Catherine) (Davis) Guy (1801 – 1888) & a son, in Clarkson Cemetery.

Newhouse – Elkrun Township
Location: unknown
Description: It was northeast of Elkton between SR 154 & Pine Hollow Rd & was named after a branch of the Newhouse family in the county.

Peace Valley – Unity Township
Location: 40.829445, -80.599325
on Peace Valley Rd (Township Hwy 934) at the intersection of SR 558
Remnants: Peace Valley Orchards & Bakery on the west side of Adams Rd (Township Hwy 939) 1 & 1/2 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates
Description: It’s unclear exactly when Peace Valley was a town & when it lost its status as one, but the name is relatively easy to figure out. It was a rural community between the much more bustling locales of New Waterford, East Palestine, Rogers, Mill Rock, & Negley. In the 1870s there was a grist mill, saw mill, & a salt works owned by the Mendenhall family on the east side of Peace Valley Rd a half mile south of the GPS coordinates. Peace Valley Orchards has been owned by the Simmons family since 1948. They grow a nice selection of produce & have one of the best bakeries in the county.
Peace Valley Orchards Info – http://www.pvoinc.com/

Robbins (Robbins Station) – Center Township
Location: 40.792549, -80.812986
on St Jacobs Logtown Rd at the intersection of Kelch Rd (Township Hwy 2100) along Little Beaver Creek
Remnants: former railroad path now a recreational trail
Description: The proprietor A. S. Robbins owned about 290 acres of land with a train stop on the Niles & New Lisbon Railroad in the 1870s – 1880s. A coal mine in the area was also named after him. The former railroad bed is presently a 12 & 1/2 mile paved recreational trail called the Little Beaver Creek Greenway.
Trail Info – https://www.traillink.com/trail/little-beaver-creek-greenway-trail/

Saratoga – Elkrun Township
Location: 40.765615, -80.742021
on Brookfield Ave (Ganders Flat Rd) east off of US 30 (Lincoln Hwy) along Little Beaver Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: Saratoga was on the Pittsburgh, Lisbon, & Western Railroad in the late 1800s to early 1900s.

Sprucevale – Saint Clair Township
Post Office: 1871 – 1900
Location: 40.706883, -80.580938
on Sprucevale Rd about 3 miles north of Calcutta along Little Beaver Creek
Remnants: Hambleton Mill at the GPS Coordinates, Esther Hale bridge just south of the mill, Gretchen’s Lock about a half mile west of the GPS coordinates
Description: 
In 1835 the Hambleton brothers platted the town of Sprucevale around a small grist mill that they recently purchased. James Hambleton (1788 – 1869) operated the mill & served on the canal board. Charles Hambleton (1790 – 1864) ran the general store & post office. Benjamin Hambleton (1786 – 1869) had a saw mill, oil mill, & another general store. Issac Hambleton (1802 – 1895) managed a wool factory. The Sandy & Beaver Canal was built through town but was badly damaged when the local reservoir broke in 1852. It lost funding & maintenance as railroads in nearby towns had taken over the shipping industry. With no railroad & a dilapidated canal, Sprucevale’s days were numbered. The town had over a dozen homes & twenty families at one time, but there were only a few left by the end of 1870. However, there was still a need for a post office for to serve the surrounding area. An office opened in 1871 with William Huddleston (1825 – 1908) from Beaver County, Pennsylvania as the postmaster.  He married Hannah (Smith) Huddleston (1825 – 1899) of Sprucevale in 1850 & they owned a farm across the road from the mill on the north side of Little Beaver Creek. Hannah was buried with her maiden family in Clarkson Cemetery 3 miles north of town on the west side of Sprucevale Rd in Middleton Township. William later moved out of the state & was buried with descendants in Viola Cemetery on the west side of US 67 in Mercer County, Illinois. Although Sprucevale is a ghost town, it is also still considered to be a populated place for census purposes. Canal lock #41, also known as Gretchen’s Lock, sits along the banks of Little Beaver Creek approximately a half mile west of Sprucevale Rd & is supposedly haunted by a girl named Gretchen Gill who died of malaria in Sprucevale. Her father, E. H. Gill, was an engineer of the Sandy & Beaver Canal. Gretchen’s death reportedly happened on August 12, 1838. The bridge over Little Beaver Creek on Spurcevale Rd is said to be haunted by Esther Hale, a bride to be whose groom took off the day before the wedding. As the story goes, Esther was found dead in her home a few months later still wearing her wedding dress & she can occasionally be seen at the bridge dressed in her wedding attire. Many details concerning both of the legends are continually in dispute. Echo Dell Rd in Beaver Creek State Park is also the site of Gaston’s Mill which has been restored & opened to the public along with a few other old buildings. The Hambleton’s Mill was in extreme disrepair & was restored in the 1970s. It’s is an impressive sight to see on Sprucevale Rd just north of Beaver Creek. Ohio Historical Marker #10 – 15 is about 1/2 mile north of the mill. It marks the spot where gangster Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd met his demise in 1934 when he encountered a large group of federal agents & local police just 3 months after being declared “public enemy #1” by J. Edgar Hoover.

State Line – Unity Township
Location: 40.835359, -80.519736
on SR 165 (E Taggart St) at the Ohio & Pennsylvania border
Remnants: none known
Description: State Line was on the Pittsburgh, Ft. Wayne, & Chicago Railroad (Panhandle Route) & had a coal mine opened by the State Line Coal Company in 1874, employing over 200 local residents. Civil War veteran Colonel Hugh Laughlin (1844 – 1919) rose from the rank of coal mine clerk in 1880 to superintendent of the State Line mine in 1900. He was buried with relatives & other residents in Glenview Cemetery 1 & 1/2 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates on the west side of SR 170 (S Market St). The town also had a brick plant & a sewer pipe company on the south side of the railroad tracks listed in the 1902 county atlas. The area has since reverted back to being part of East Palestine. A couple of local businesses, including a tavern on the north side of the GPS coordinates & a warehouse on the north side of the railroad tracks on E Martin St, presently carry on the ghost town’s name.

Temple Hill – Franklin Township
Location: 40.701752, -80.916255
on Fink Rd at the intersection of Emerick Rd (Township Hwy 750)
Remnants: none known
Description: Patrick O’Hear platted Temple Hill in 1833 but none of the lots ever sold. His surname was listed as O’Here on the 1841 county map.

Wards – Elkrun Township
Location: 40.792758, -80.675096
on the south side of SR 154 east of Lusk – Lock Rd (Township Hwy 906)
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were Ira F. Ward (1853 – 1927) & Ethlinda (Rupert) Ward (1858 – 1944). They owned a 130 acre farm just south of the GPS coordinates & donated land for the track bed of the Pittsburgh, Lisbon, & Western Railroad. Its only known pinpointed map appearance was on the Ohio map in the 1901 George Cram atlas.

Waterford – Middleton Township
Location: 40.782221, -80.625724
on SR 7 at the intersection of Pine Hollow Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Waterford was platted in 1806 by William Heald (1766 – 1867) from Loudon County, Virginia & Isaac Siddle. Isaac’s surname was also spelled Siddall on some census records. 14 lots were laid out, but no improvements were made & the town faded into obscurity. As with Temple Hill, it falls into the ghost town subcategory of “paper towns”. William moved out of the state was laid to rest with relatives in Hickory Grove Cemetery on the east side of Delta Ave in Cedar County, Iowa. He was a Quaker & apparently made the journey to Iowa with some other Quaker families from the Waterford area, including Armstrongs & Beesons, revealed by a few clicks on the list of interments on the Hickory Grove Cemetery page on Find A Grave. There’s also a Quaker meeting house & school across Delta Ave from the cemetery.

West Beaver – Wayne & Madison Township
Post Office: 1849 – 1903
Location: 40.699125, -80.754165
on SR 518 between Steubenville Pike Rd & McCormick Run Rd
Remnants: West Beaver United Presbyterian Church & Cemetery a half mile east of the GPS coordinates on the south side of the intersection of SR 518 & McCormick Run Rd
Description: The town had a grist mill next to Little Beaver Creek on the former road on the south side of the GPS coordinates. There used to be a bridge crossing the creek & the previously mentioned road met up with the first section of road heading east off of Steubenville Pike Rd south of the creek. The West Beaver Presbyterian congregation former around 1806. William Reed & Henry Benner donated 2 acres of land for a log church & the cemetery in 1821. Construction began on the current wood frame structure in 1851. West Beaver had a few postmasters over the decades, but for the vast majority of the office’s existence the position was held by John Robinson (1810 – 1892) who moved to the area from York County, Pennsylvania. H  e was buried with relatives in New Lebanon Cemetery about 4 miles west of the GPS coordinates on the north side of SR 518.

Coshocton County Ohio Ghost Towns

Bartlett
Location: unknown
Description: Bartlett was northwest of West Lafayette on the Cleveland, Canton, & Southern Railroad in the late 1800s to early 1900s. It was last spotted on an 1898 railroad map.

Birmingham – Lafayette Township
Location: 40.290409, -81.716803
on Township Hwy 507 between Township Rd 169 & US 36
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was platted along the Ohio & Erie Canal in 1830 by Joseph C. Higbee (1796 – 1871). Joseph’s residence & a warehouse he built in the hope of using it to store canal boat products was all Birmingham ever had. It couldn’t compete with Evansburg which was platted to the east on the canal in Oxford Township just a few months after Birmingham & had much better growth. Joseph was buried with relatives in Bowman Cemetery about 3 miles northwest of the GPS coordinates south of an unnamed road heading east off of Township Rd 167. 

Bluff – Newcastle Township
Post Office: 1892 – 1907
Location: 40.353326, -82.117270
on the south side of SR 715 along the Mohican River
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded by German immigrant John P. Fry (1823 – 1907) & was on the Toledo, Walhonding Valley, & Ohio Railroad. John recieved $7 per month for working on construction of the Ohio & Erie Canal, served as justice of the peace for forty years, & became a prominent farmer owning 600 acres in Newcastle Township & another 380 acres in Knox County. He was also the postmaster of the Bluff office. John was married twice & had 20 children. He was buried with relatives & other residents of Bluff 2 miles north of the GPS coordinates in Honey Run (Heffelfinger) Cemetery on the west side of Township Rd 359.

Canal Spur – Bedford Township
Location: unknown
Description: It was on the Cleveland, Akron, & Columbus Railroad in the northeastern portion of Bedford Township between Warsaw Junction & Tunnel Hill in the late 1800s to early 1900s.

Clowville –  Tuscarawas Township
Location: 40.246141, -81.863665
on S 6th St at the intersection of Clow Ln
Remnants: McWane Ductile plant (formerly Clow Pipe Works) on the east side of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was on the Panhandle Route (Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad) & was named after the the firm of James B. Clow & Sons, a pipe manufacturer that made products such as lamp posts, radiant pipe heaters, fountains, & fire hydrants. Civil War veteran Captain James Clow (1832 – 1908) from Beaver County, Pennsylvania founded the company & had been in business in Coshocton since 1878 with the Clow Water Systems Company. Construction of a new plant called the Clow Pipe Works began in 1909. The Clow Corporation was sold in 1985 & currently goes by the name of McWane Ductile. James Clow was buried with relatives in Rosehill Cemetery And Mausoleum on N Ravenswood Ave in Chicago, Illinois. 

Cox’s Crossroads – Newcastle Township
Post Office: 1823 – 1833
Location: 40.333603, -82.149807
on Township Rd 113 at the intersection of an unnamed road
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were brothers Martin Cox & David Cox who were early settlers in the township. Martin was the postmaster & later moved to Sandusky County. David moved to Knox County.
 

Delaneysville – Franklin Township
Location: 40.183760, -81.891852
on Marquand Ave at the intersection of Main St
Remnants: none known
Description: A Mr. Delaney platted a town called Delaneysville around 1840 at the location that would later become Conesville. It appears that none of the lots in Delaneysville ever sold & it fell into the realm of a “paper town”, merely an idea which never worked out.

Lichtenau – Tuscarawas Township
Location: 40.243223, -81.871344
on S 2nd St at the intersection of Brewer Ln along the Muskingum River
Remnants: none known
Description: It was a Monrovian missionary town of Christian Native Americans founded in 1776. The town was destroyed during the “Coshocton Campaign” of 1780 & was subsequently rebuilt. The mission was originally directed by Reverend David Zeisberger (1721 – 1808) from the Czech Republic. He was buried in Goshen (Zeisberger Memorial) Cemetery on Goshen Valley Rd SE (Township Hwy 322) in Goshen Township, Tuscarawas County. 

Lima
Location: unknown
Description: Lima was mentioned in the 1876 Historical Collections Of Coshocton County as an early town that didn’t last very long.

McGuire – Lafayette Township
Location: 40.294435, -81.799989
on US 36 at the intersection of Co Rd 115 & Co Rd 170 along the Tuscarawas River
Remnants: none known
Description: Francis McGuire (1777 – 1853) & Mary (Miller) McGuire (1778 – 1820) moved to Ohio from Virginia & arrived in Lafayette Township in the first decade of the 1800s. They purchased 1100 acres of land & were farmers & livestock raisers. Francis married one of Mary’s sisters after she passed away. Francis & Mary were buried with relatives in Miller – McGuire Cemetery on the Schumaker Farm on Co Rd 16 west of West Lafayette. Established in 1806, it’s the oldest operating farm in the county. The current owners, Jim & Wendy Schumaker & their son Chad, continue the family tradition of farming with sweet corn, soybeans, pumpkins, hay, & cattle raising. Jim is a direct descendant of Francis McGuire.
Schumaker Farms Info – https://www.schumakerfarms.com/

Mill Creek – Mill Creek Township
Post Office: 1827 – 1845
Location: 40.400859, -81.870305
on SR 83 along Turkey Creek between Township Rd 21 & Township Hwy 1241
Remnants: none known
Description: It was an early farming & postal town. William Baldwin (1793 – 1867) from New London County, Connecticut was the first postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Keene Presbyterian Cemetery 4 miles south of the GPS coordinates on the west side of County Rd 1 in Keene Township. Jesse Lawrence (1787 – 1851) from Cheshire County, New Hampshire was the last postmaster. He was also buried in Keene Presbyterian Cemetery. The Baldwin & Lawrence families were related by marriage.

Millsville – Oxford Township
Location: unknown
Description: Millsville was platted in 1815 by John Mills on the south side of the “great bend” in the Tuscarawas River. The location would have been somewhere near the intersection of SR 751 & Co Rd 151. The town had 2 streets, a public square, & several cabins, but didn’t get a population boom & disappeared well before the mid-1800s.

Mount Airy – Newcastle Township
Location: 40.311855, -82.185984
on Co Rd 92 between Dennis Church Rd (Co Rd 18) & Co Rd 367
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was platted by Elijah Dillon in 1816. It had a blacksmith shop, shoe shop, about 20 residences, & a school. Mount Airy was mostly abandoned by 1860 & somehow managed to limp its way onto the Newcastle Township map in the 1910 county atlas, although it may have simply been for an honorable mention of sorts to a nearly forgotten relic of the past. There appears to possibly be a cemetery on the south side of Co Rd 92 east of the GPS coordinates & just barely across the border in Perry township that was pinpointed in the 1872 county atlas. It isn’t cited on Google Maps though & can’t be confirmed by looking at the satellite view.

Munsville (Munnsville) – White Eyes Township
Post Office: 1844 – 1874
Location: 40.331715, -81.781057
on Co Rd 10 between Township Rd 178 & Co Rd 425
Remnants: none known
Description: The original proprietors were James W. McMunn (1809 – 1891) from New York & Mary (Johnson) McMunn (1825 – 1902) from Jefferson County. They had 9 children & James was the town’s first postmaster. James & Mary were laid to rest with relatives in Oak Ridge Cemetery about 8 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates on N 6th St in Coshocton. John Carnahan (1803 – 1869) from Pennsylvania was the second postmaster. He arrived in the township in 1826 when there was only 8 known residents. John was buried in Hill Cemetery on the east side of Co Rd 10 a mile south of the GPS coordinates. A son of John’s, William Carnahan (1829 – 1900), was the next postmaster & was also interred in Oak Ridge Cemetery. The fourth postmaster was John Jack, but due to their death dates it’s unknown if John Jack senior or junior held the position. Claudius Hamilton (1845 – 1906) was the last postmaster. He was buried in South Lawn Cemetery 9 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates on Plum St in Coshocton.

Oliopolis (Rural Vale)
Post Office: 1854 – 1863
Location: 40.312305, -82.015086
on SR 60 at the intersection of Township Rd 83 along Simmons Run
Remnants: Jefferson Presbyterian Cemetery on the east side of SR 60 about a 1/2 mile north of the GPS coordinates
Description: Olipolis was originally called Rural Vale. It had a church at Jefferson Presbyterian Cemetery & a school on the east side of SR 60 about halfway between the cemetery & GPS coordinates. John G. Elder (1822 – 1905) was the first postmaster. The office’s name changed to Oliopolis in 1860. John was buried with relatives & other residents in Valley View Cemetery a mile north of the GPS coordinates on the east side of SR 60. His father John Elder (1782 – 1852) & step-mother Esther (McConnell) Elder (1799 – 1873) donated the land for the church & Jefferson Presbyterian Cemetery where they were buried.

Pleasantville – Jackson Township
Location: 40.233404, -81.963745
on the east side of Co Rd 297 east of Moscow Brook
Remnants: none known
Description: It was platted by Elijah Graves in the early 1800s & quickly faded out of existence.

Providence
Location: unknown
Description: Providence was also 
mentioned in the 1876 Historical Collections Of Coshocton County as an early town that didn’t last very long.

Stringtown – Linton Township
Location: 40.187571, -81.704014
on SR 541 between Township Hwy 118 & Township Rd 119
Remnants: old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: There’s no mention of Stringtown in the county history books, but the term always implies there was a wool mill in the area that employed most of the residents.

Summerset Valley – Lafayette Township
Location: 40.262460, -81.778349
on Co Rd 124 at the intersection of Township Rd 165
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded in 1832 & named after Somerset County in England where most of the settlers were born. The group included Isaac Maynard (1787 – 1846) buried in Baptist Cemetery on Johnson St in West Lafayette, Abram & Lewis Daniels, George Cox, George Whooky, James Board, James Jennings, John Cole, & James George. It was stated in the 1881 county history book that they weren’t “practical backwoodsmen”, loosely meaning they didn’t possess the necessary skills to build a town out of their natural surroundings. That normally required at the very least good hunting abilities, the determination to clear the land of trees & vegetation for residences & farming, & the construction of a saw mill. Whatever the exact case was, the settlers didn’t stick around & opted to move their lives elsewhere.

Willowbrook (Willow Brook) – Virginia Township
Post Office: 1875 – 1904
Location: 40.219028, -81.938768
on Co Rd 6 along Mill Fork between Co Rd 298 & Township Hwy 282
Remnants: Mill Fork Baptist Church & Cemetery on the north side of Co Rd 6 about 1 & 1/4 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates, Christian Chapel Cemetery on the north side of Co Rd 6 a mile northeast of the GPS coordinates
Description: Willowbrook had a school, a church at Christian Chapel Cemetery, & the present wood frame structure of Mill Fork Baptist Church was completed in 1870. H. H. Mills was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by Civil War veteran Reverend John W. Wright (1842 – 1912) who was buried with relatives in Christian Chapel Cemetery. Bert C. Senter (1869 – 1919) was the next postmaster & was laid to rest in South Lawn Cemetery on Plum St in Coshocton. John E. Wright (1870 – 1954) was the last postmaster & was also interred in Christian Chapel Cemetery. Just up the road on Co Rd 6 across the border in Jackson Township, the Mill Creek Central Railroad is a nostalgic model railroad constructed by Dick McCloy with help from friends & volunteers.
Mill Creek Central Railroad Info – https://www.millcreekcentral.com/

Zeno – Bedford Township
Location: unknown
Description: Abraham Cheney platted Zeno in 1833. As with Lima & Providence, Zeno had a few cabins but the town was vacated after just a few years of existence.

Crawford County Ohio Ghost Towns

Biddle (Biddle Mills) – Sandusky Township
Post Office: 1880 – 1904
Location: 40.840398, -82.818306   
on Biddle Rd (Township Hwy 44) at the intersection of Loss Creek Rd (Township Hwy 178)
Remnants: Lutheran Evangelical Church at the GPS coordinates, Biddle Cemetery 1 & 1/2 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates on south side of Remlinger Rd (Co Hwy 49)
Description: The town was founded by Reverend Alex Biddle (1809 – 1898) who owned a 160 acre farm in the northwest corner of the intersection of Biddle Rd & Remlinger Rd. In the mid-1800s there was a grist mill along the Sandusky River just southwest of Biddle Cemetery on land owned by the Robinson family & a saw mill next to Loss Creek just northwest of the Lutheran Evangelical church on land owned by the Kaler family. A school was on the south side of Biddle Rd across from the Biddle farm. Alex preached at a United Brethren church, which has since been lost to time, at Biddle Cemetery where he was buried with 3 former wives & some of his children, including John B. Biddle (1838 – 1862) who died in battle in the Civil War. The postmasters over the years were J. Parr, Thomas S. Dewalt, Isaac Kietler, S. S. Elberson, & Guy E. V. Fry.

Camp Run – Sandusky Township
Post Office: 1852 – 1873
Location: 40.843378, -82.846953
on SR 96 along the Sandusky River between SR 602 & Beck Rd (Co Hwy 20)
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were War Of 1812 veteran Mathew Torrence (1788 – 1873) from Allegheney County, Pennsylvania & Juda (Hess) Torrence (1804 – 1877) from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. They had 12 children & owned a 160 acre farm on the north side of the GPS coordinates with Mathew being the town’s postmaster. It’s unknown if any of the buildings currently standing there date back to that time period. Mathew & Juda were buried with relatives in Sandusky Cemetery 2 & 1/2 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates on the east side of Biddle Rd (Township Hwy 44).

Crawford – Holmes Township
Location: 40.877504, -83.027227
on the north side of Temple Rd (Township Hwy 30) along Broken Sword Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: Joseph Newell (1789 – ?) from Pennsylvania arrived in Holmes Township around 1826 & subsequently platted Crawford on his farm in section 9 in the hope that it would eventually become the county seat. He also laid out half an acre for a cemetery & fenced it in. It appears that none of the lots ever sold, but residents in the western portion of the township were in favor of the idea of Crawford becoming the county seat. Bucyrus was granted the honor with more residents in the southern part of the township backing it up. Crawford ended up being a “paper town”. Joseph served as the first township clerk & a school teacher. It’s unknown when he died & where he was buried, but Joseph was recorded in the 1850 census as living in Dallas Township.

Fauser – Chatfield Township
Location: 40.921235, -82.940222   
on Carey Rd at the railroad crossing  between SR 4 & Schwemly Rd
Remnants: Lust  (Pietest) Cemetery a half mile west of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of SR 4 & Carey Rd
Description: It was founded by German immigrant John G. Fauser (1811 – 1892) & Magdaline (Crum) Fauser (1813 – 1893). They originally settled in Columbiana County before moving to Crawford County in 1839 & purchased a 160 acre farm on the north side of Carey Rd just east of the GPS coordinates. John & Magdaline had 9 children & lived in a one-room log cabin which was greatly improved as the family’s farming success continued. John was also a baker by trade. The Sandusky, Columbus, & Hocking Railroad (later bought by the Pennsylvania Railroad) rolled through the area in Fauser’s later years. A former wood frame church at Pietest Cemetery was replaced in 1897 by a much larger impressive brick structure with a beautiful wooden steeple topped with a pineapple carved in great detail. It was demolished in the mid-2010s as the congregation again needed a more modern building with additional space. The new church is also on SR 4 (Chatfield Center Rd) on the south side of the town of Chatfield 2 miles north of the original site. Most of Fauser’s residents were buried in Lust (Pietest) Cemetery.

Glenville – Bucyrus Township
Location: 40.813594, -83.050774   
on Glenville Rd at the railroad crossing at the intersection of Heinle Rd 
Remnants: none known
Description: This farming town had a train station on the Pennsylvania Railroad & a relatively densely populated area consisting of small lots on the north side of the train tracks in the late 1800s to early 1900s. A school was a half mile south of the GPS coordinates in the northeast corner of the intersection of Glenville Rd & Bucyrus – Nevada Rd on land owned by the Heinlen (Heinle) family which was the most prominent in town. German immigrants Mathias Heinlen (1816 – 1897) & Mary Elizabeth (Bickle) Heinlen (1830 – 1908) were the patriarch & matriarch of the family in Bucyrus Township. Benjamin A. Sinn (1831 – 1913) operated a saw mill in Glenville for 8 years. Mathias & Mary were laid to rest with relatives in Nevada Cemetery about 6 miles northwest of the GPS coordinates on the east side of SR 231 in Eden Township, Wyandot County. Benjamin Sinn was buried with relatives & currently over 100 ancestors of Mathias & Mary in Oakwood Cemetery at the intersection of W Southern Ave & Kaler Ave in Bucyrus.

Jacksonville – Jefferson Township (formerly in Jackson Township)
Location: 40.770593, -82.848522
on the north side of Windfall Rd between SR 602 & Beck Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was platted in 1836 in section 15 of Jackson Township. None of its lots sold & Jacksonville fell into the ghost town subcategory of “paper towns”. Jefferson Township was later formed out of Jackson in 1873.    

North Liberty (Hog Town) – Chatfield Township
Location: 40.941041, -82.947225   
on SR 4 between SR 103 & Orr Rd
Remnants: Old Chatfield Lutheran Cemetery in a field on the west side of SR 4 just south of the GPS coordinates
Description: North Liberty was the first village in the township. It was platted with 41 lots in 1834 by John Henry. The only business the town ever had was a small ashery. Despite that fact, the population rose to around 35 residents with a church at Old Chatfield Lutheran Cemetery & a school across the road. John wasn’t a well-liked guy, a notorious pig poacher who received an nickname of “Hog Henry”. He never disputed the title & sometimes referred to himself by that name. John’s love of bacon finally got the best of him as he was shot in a thigh after getting caught in the act by two local hunters. They did rush to John’s aid after the incident though. He eventually recovered a few months later, but reportedly didn’t stop poaching hogs. As a result, the residents started calling North Liberty “Hog Town”. The population subsequently dwindled & the town faded out of existence long before publication of the 1881 county history book. Where John Henry came from & where he was died is a mystery. He moved west after the failure of North Liberty.

Whetstone – Whetstone Township
Post Office: 1833 – 1838
Location: 40.773759, -82.913281
on SR 19 between SR 100 & Parcher Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were William Fitzsimmons (1793 – 1847) from Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania & Ann (Holman) Fitzsimmons (1807 – 1890) from Franklin County, Pennsylvania. They moved to Crawford County in 1831, had at least 7 children, & owned an 80 acre farm with a tavern on the south side of the GPS coordinates. The tavern was an important stopping point for pioneers heading further west. William & Ann were laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery 4 & 1/2 miles northwest of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of W Southern Ave & Kaler Ave in Bucyrus.

Cuyahoga County Ohio Ghost Towns

Alger Settlement – City Of Cleveland (formerly in Rockport Township)
Location: 41.450146, -81.816779
on SR 10 (Lorain Ave) at the intersection of SR 237 (Rocky River Dr)
Remnants: 2 churches on the east side SR 237 south of the intersection, Alger Cemetery on Bradgate Ave east of SR 237 south of the intersection
Description: Nathan Alger (1765 – 1813) & Priscilla (Peet) Alger Woodworth made the journey to Ohio from Litchfield County, Connecticut & arrived in Rockport Township on June 7, 1812. They were the first settlers in the area & had 7 children. Priscilla remarried after Nathan passed away. He is believed to the the first person of European ancestry who died in the township. The cemetery was officially established in 1828. Alger Settlement had a steam powered saw mill in the 1850s & a general store, toll house, & 2 churches in the 1870s. The town was mentioned in the 1879 History Of Cuyahoga County, but fell into obscurity by the 1900s.

Brighton (Brighton Village) – City Of Cleveland (formerly in Brooklyn Township)
Post Office: 1836 – 1867
Location: 41.440787, -81.705506
on US 42 (Pearl Rd) at the intersection of Memphis Ave
Remnants: Brookmere Cemetery on Broadview Rd west off of US 42
Description: The area around Brighton was settled in the 1810s. Warren Young (1787 – 1832) platted the town & it had some later additions. Samuel Barstow incorporated Brighton in 1837. He was the town’s first postmaster & ran an education academy that didn’t last long. Brighton’s first store opened in 1840. The village failed to attract a railroad & had its ups & downs with growth. By the 1870s the population was about 800. It had a wagon factory, hotel, 3 churches, a school, tannery, & several other small businesses. Brighton Cemetery was purchased by the City Of Cleveland in 1906 & merged with Brooklyn Township & South Brooklyn Cemeteries to form Brookmere Cemetery. Many early residents, including Warren Young & members of the Barstow & Brainard families were buried there.  

Coe Ridge – City Of North Olmsted (formerly in Dover Township)
Post Office: 1844 – 1900
Location: 41.426615, -81.894726
on SR 10 (Lorain Ave) at the intersection of SR 252 (Columbia Rd)
Remants: Coe Ridge Cemetery on SR 10 at the intersection of Walter Rd
Description: Asher Coe (1789 – 1867) & Abigail (Wilcox) Coe (1790 – 1876) were married in Connecticut in 1814, had a few children, & moved to Ohio in 1823. They bought a farm & founded Coe Ridge in 1824. Asher was the town’s first postmaster until 1864. The succeeding postmasters were Harlow Robinson, Andrew C. Coe, Herbert S. Nelson, & Harriet O. Carpenter. Coe Ridge had a hotel, school, church, & many residences & small businesses lined along SR 10 & SR 252. Asher & Abigail were buried with relatives in Coe Ridge Cemetery which was established in 1845. Some other residents were laid to rest 2 miles south of the GPS coordinates in Butternut Ridge Cemetery on the north side of Butternut Ridge Rd.

Cowans – City Of Solon & Village Of Bedford Heights (formerly in Solon & Bedford Township)
Location: 41.379263, -81.488923
on Richmond Rd at the intersection of Hawthorn Pkwy along Tinkers Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Scottish immigrants George Cowan (1825 – 1907) & Mary (Forbes) Cowan (1828 – 1911). They had 9 children & a 200 acre farm along the Cleveland, Canton, & Southern Railroad. George was also a trustee of the First Baptist Church in Bedford. The Cowans were buried with relatives in Bedford Cemetery 2 & 1/2 miles west of town on SR 14 (Broadway Ave).

Frostville – City Of North Olmsted (formerly in Olmsted Township)
Post Office: 1829 – 1843
Location: 41.412539, -81.894409
on Columbia Rd at the intersection of Kennedy Ridge Rd
Remnants: museum with several restored 1800s buildings from the area & a historical marker on Cedar Point Rd at the intersection of Lewis Rd
Description: It was a farming & mill town founded by the Frost family in the township. The museum is run by the Olmsted Historical Society. It hosts several events every year, has a farmers market, & the church on the property is available for wedding reservations. Some members of the Frost family were buried in Butternut Ridge Cemetery a mile west of the GPS coordinates on the north side of Butternut Ridge Rd.
Museum Info –  olmstedhistoricalsociety.org/

Griffithsburg – Village Of Bentleyville (formerly in Chagrin Falls Township)
Location: 41.410562, -81.411887
Post Office: 1837 – 1840
on Solon Rd at Bentleyville Community Park along the Chagrin River
Remnants: sandstone mill foundation next to the Chagrin River between Quarry Rock Picnic Area & Solon Rd
Description: General James Griffith built a saw mill in the early 1830s & had high hopes of starting a flourishing town. About 20 residences popped up along the river & the town had a blacksmith shop, school, general store, & a few other small businesses. It couldn’t keep up with Chagrin Falls, Solon, & Bentleyville though & faded out of existence in the mid-1800s. 

Horse Shoe Glens (Horseshoe Glens)
Location: unknown
Description: It was a summer resort with a clubhouse on the Cleveland & Chagrin Falls Electric Railway, an interurban car line that ran from 1897 – 1925.

Horst – City Of Cleveland (formerly in Newburgh Township)
Post Office: 1896 – 1900
Location: unknown
Description: It was named after a branch of the Horst family in the county. The post office name changed to Miles & remained in operation until 1903. Charles C. Heyner (1873 – 1859) was the only known postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Lake View Cemetery on US 20 (Euclid Ave) in Cleveland.

Lake Hamlet – City Of Cleveland (formerly in East Cleveland Township)
Location: unknown
Description: This short-lived village was established in 1895.

Marcy – Village Of Cuyahoga Heights (formerly in Newburgh Township)
Location: 41.430629, -81.662370
in the Miami & Erie Canal Reservation park off of E 49th St
Remnants: Marcy Trestle (Short Line Bridge) crossing the Cuyahoga River
Description: This small town was along the Lake Erie & Pittsburgh Railroad & had a freight yard. Marcy Trestle was constructed in 1907 by the King Bridge Company of Cleveland. It’s still in use by CSX & dozens of trains roll across it on a daily basis. There’s a few good spots around the canal park for viewing & photographing the trains. 

Mill Creek (Newburgh Village) – City Of Cleveland (formerly in Newburgh Township)
Post Office: 1812 – 1818
Location: 41.431022, -81.587240
Remnants: none known
Description: Although Mill Creek is still a populated area & pops up on Google Maps, it’s not considered to be a present town. It had several mills dating back to 1799. The first grist mill was built in the county & in the Western Reserve was at the creek falls. It was constructed by Major Ezra Wyatt (1772 – 1851) from Newburgh, New York & William Wheeler Williams (1760 – 1831) from Hartford County, Connecticut. Iron for the mill was supplied by the Connecticut Land Company & the grinding stones were acquired from a quarry on Mill Creek. A saw mill was added to the site in 1800. Newburgh Village popped up around the mills but was annexed into Cleveland’s 18th Ward before the 1874 county atlas was printed. Ezra was buried with relatives in Brecksville Cemetery on Highland Dr & William was buried with relatives in Harvard Grove Cemetery on Lansing Ave. There’s also a small park at the falls on Webb Terrace.

Noble Beach – City Of Euclid (formerly in Euclid Township)
Location: 41.613086, -81.526787
on Noble Beach Dr at the intersection of 224th St
Remnants: none known
Description: none found 

North Warrensville – (formerly in Warrensville Township)
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Pardee
Post Office: 1892 – 1895
Location: unknown
Description: It was founded by a branch of the Pardee family in the county.

Phinneys Corners (North Dover) – City Of Westlake (formerly in Dover Township)
Post Office: 1828 – 1914
Location: 41.465934, -81.930454
on SR 254 (Detroit Rd) at the intersection of Cahoon Rd along Cahoon Creek
Remnants: Saint Paul Lutheran Cemetery on the north side of SR 254
Description: The town was founded by Sylvanus Phinney (1778 – 1852) & Lucy (Kingsley) Phinney (1782 – 1843) who moved to Ohio from Becket, Massachusetts in the early 1810s. Their son Calvin (1809 – 1870) took over proprietorship of Phinneys Corners & ran the post office, general store, & a tannery on his property on the south side of the intersection at the GPS coordinates. The post office was called North Dover. Sylvanus was married twice & had 10 children. In the 1870s, Calvin’s son Alberto Phinney was operating the general store & post office. East of the main intersection & on the north side of SR 254, Charles Brenner (1830 – 1893) had a hotel & grocery store at his residence. It was at the same spot as the present day Dover Gardens Tavern at 27402 Detroit Rd. The tavern building was constructed in 1890 & Charles’s son George inherited the land. It closed in 2014 after the driver of a stolen pick-up truck crashed into the building & injured 12 people inside. The tavern has since been reopened. Saint Paul Lutheran Church congregation formed in 1858 & established a school & the cemetery in the 1860s. Its former wood frame church was constructed in 1877 & was replaced in 1973. The Phinney family & Charles Brenner were buried with relatives in Evergreen Westlake Cemetery on SR 113 (Center Ridge Rd) south of town.     

Spragueville
Location: unknown
Description: It was near Strongsville & was named after the Sprague family in the county.

Town House Corners – Olmsted Township
Location: unknown
on SR 252 (Columbia Rd) between John Rd & Butternut Ridge Rd
Description: Town House Corners had a Union Church built around 1835 & a few residences & small businesses. The church was also used as a local meeting hall. 

Willeyville – City Of Cleveland (formerly in Brooklyn Township)
Location: 41.480797, -81.697502
on Willey Ave between Columbus Rd & Scranton Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was platted in 1837 & named after John Willey (1797 – 1841), Cleveland’s first mayor from 1836 – 1837. The town was instrumental in connecting roads in the area to make travel in & out of Cleveland’s south side much easier. Willeyville didn’t last very long though & didn’t make it onto the 1858 county map. John Willey was buried with relatives in Erie Street Cemetery on E 9th St in Cleveland.

Darke County Ohio Ghost Towns

Bruss – Butler Township 
Post Office: 1883 – 1885
Location: 39.990000, -84.631764   
on US 127 at the intersection of Arcanum Hollansburg Rd
Remnants: former one room schoolhouse at the intersection of Arcanum Hollansburg Rd & SR 503 east of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was founded by Civil War veteran Asariah Bruss (1843 – 1923) & Mary (Hittle) Bruss (1848 – 1916). They settled in section 11 of Butler Township in 1872, had 11 children, & were buried with relatives in Oak Grove Cemetery on SR 121.

Chenoweths – Washington Township
Post Office: 1824 – 1839
Location: 40.092228, -84.783666   
on the north side of Greenville – Nashville Rd along North Fork Kraut Creek between Stocksdale Rd (279) & Hillgrove – Southern Rd (T-52)
Remnants: Chenoweth (Carnahan) Cemetery in an overgrown area about halfway between the GPS coordinates & SR 502
Descrpiton: It was founded by War Of 1812 veteran John Chenoweth (1797 – 1851) from Pike County & Mary (Barger) Chenoweth (1799 – 1876) from Virginia. They moved to Darke County around 1820 & had a big family. John was a farmer & brick maker. The town was listed in The Ohio Gazetteer & Traveler’s Guide from 1837 – 1841. John & Mary were buried with relatives in Chenoweth Cemetery.

Danemora – Mississinawa Township
Location: unknown
Description: The town was listed in the 1880 Valuation Of The Real Property Of The State Of Ohio & a couple of other obscure books, one from 1847 & another in 1866.

Delvin – Wabash Township
Post Office: 1889 – 1903
Location: 40.324984, -84.534199   
on N Star Fort Laramie Rd at the intersection of Mangen Rd (54)
Remnants: St. Louis Cemetery at the intersection, Tea Cup (Teacup or Weaver) Cemetery on the north side of N Star Fort Laramie Rd west of the GPS coordinates
Description: This small farming town had a church & blacksmith shop.

Hetzlerville – Jackson Township
Post Office: 1869 – 1881
Location: 40.205759, -84.722309   
on private property on both sides of the railroad tracks east of Young Rd between Union City – Elroy Rd & Beamsville – Union City Rd
Remnants: none known
It was on the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, & Indianapolis Railway, named after the Hetzler family in the county, & had a general store & steam saw mill.

Hunters (Huntertown) – Greenville Township
Location: 40.165164, -84.637132 
on Hunter Rd at the intersection of SR 118
Remnants: Newcomer (Earhart) Cemetery on the west side of SR 118 south of the intersection
Description: The town was founded by the Hunter family in the area & had a church & school. Most of the residents were buried in the cemetery.

London – Liberty Township (formerly  German Township)
Location: unknown
Description: It was listed in the Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guide from 1837 – 1841.

Matchett (Matchett’s Corner) – Butler Township
Post Office: 1855 – 1862
Location: 40.001178, -84.633117   
on US 127 at the intersection of SR 503
Remnants: none known
Description: The town proprietor was Eric Matchett (1791 – 1867) from New York who had a few children with his first wife Joananh (Hendrickson) Matchett (1798 – 1839) from New Jersey. They arrived in Ohio around 1820, originally living in Butler County before moving to Darke County in the early 1830s. Eric married Rebecca (Law) Matchett (1795 – 1862) after Joananh passed away. The town had a hotel & church. The Matchetts were buried with relatives in Greenville Union Cemetery on West St in Greenville.

Mina (Mina Town) (North Greenville) – Greenville Township
Location: 40.105770, -84.639399   
on N Main St at the intersection of Wayne St
Remnants: Water Street Cemetery at the intersection of E Water St & Ash St in Greenville
Description: Platted in 1818, Mina was founded by War Of 1812 veteran Azor Scribner (1778 – 1822) from New York & Nancy Scribner -Russell (1785 – 1849) who had 8 daughters. Azor arrived in Darke County in 1806, built a trading post, & was the first permanent settler of the county. He left his family behind in Middletown until constructing a decent cabin in Darke & deeming the location safe enough to bring everyone else along in 1808. Azor also built a tavern which was the site of the first court session in the county. Certain details of the event have been disputed, but it’s likely Azor shot & killed Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, who he personally knew & previously traded with, during the Battle Of Fallen Timbers (Battle Of Thames) on October 5, 1813. Azor was buried with relatives in Water Street Cemetery. Nancy remarried after he passed away.

Mount Pleasant – Washington, Greenville, & Liberty Township
Location: 40.094685, -84.707130 
on New Madison – Coletown Rd at the intersection of Greenville – Nashville Rd
Remnants: Hiller (Heller) Cemetery on the west side of New Madison – Coletown Rd north of the intersection, Dininger Cemetery on the west side of New Madison – Coletown Rd south of the intersection
Description: It had 2 churches & a school.

Saint John – Greenville Township
Location: 40.131789, -84.599186   
on SR 121 (Marker Rd) at the intersection of Jaysville – St Johns Rd
Remnants: St John Lutheran Church & Cemetery on SR 121 northeast of the intersection
Description: German immigrants purchased the land in the area that was passed up by earlier settlers who thought it wasn’t any good. With hard work the Germans turned it into nicely cultivated farms & tobacco was the main crop. They formed a Lutheran congregation in 1851 & built a log church the following year. It was replaced by the brick church that still stands in 1876 as the success of the farms kept growing. Saint John had very nice houses & tobacco sheds in the late 1800s to early 1900s. It was never abandoned but was annexed into Greenville & lost its status as a separate town.

Sampson – Neave, Van Buren, Butler, & Twin Township
Post Office: 1850 – 1858
Location: 40.004669, -84.598124   
on Hollansburg – Sampson Rd at the intersection of Jaysville – St Johns Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Sampson was platted in 1846 & had a general store, tavern, steam saw mill, school, & church. The population in 1880 was around 350. It was abandoned in the late 1800s when the Dayton & Union Railroad was built through Delisle & Sampson couldn’t keep up with it economically.

Seven Mile Prairie
Post Office: 1841 – 1863
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Strakers (Straker’s Station) – Patterson Township
Location: 40.306231, -84.495347   
on Yorkshire – Osgood Rd at the intersection of Foote Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietor, Civil War veteran Henry Straker (1827 – 1901), moved to Ohio from Germany with his widowed mother & brothers in 1834. He married Nancy (Swallow) Straker (1836 – 1871) in 1852. They had 10 children & Nancy passed away just two weeks after their last children, a set of twins, were born. Henry remarried twice after that. He accumulated over 500 acres & ran a tile factory & steam saw mill on the land. Products were shipped out from a train station on the Dayton, Ft. Wayne, & Chicago Railway. Henry was buried with relatives in Greenlawn Cemetery on N Greenlawn Ave in Versailles.

Wiley (Wiley Station) – Harrison Township
Post Office: 1864 – 1904
Location: 39.935119, -84.759922   
on Braffettsville – North Rd at the intersection of Wiley Rd
Remnants: Providence Cemetery on the south side of Wiley Rd
Description: It was founded by Caleb Wiley (1799 – 1888) from Virginia & Elizabeth (Sprowl) Wiley (1817 – 1909) from Preble County. They had 7 children & a nice farm. Caleb built a saw mill & the town also had a church & school. It was on the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railway. Caleb & Elizabeth were buried with relatives in Providence Cemetery.

Defiance County Ohio Ghost Towns

Arrowsmiths – Farmer Township
Post Office: 1843 – 1866
Location: 41.350111, -84.671121
on SR 2 at the intersection with Ensign Rd
Description: Lost Creek Cemetery on SR 2 north of the GPS Coordinates, former school across the street from the cemetery at the intersection of Dalrymple Rd
Description: The town was founded by Miller Arrowsmith (1808 – 1893) & Celinda (Caraway) Arrowsmith (1813 – 1849) who bought a farm at Lost Creek & had a couple of children. Miller built a mill, operated the post office & was a county surveyor. The Arrowsmiths were buried in Lost Creek Cemetery. The old school is now a private residence.

Ashwood – Defiance & Delaware Township
Post Office: 1879 – 1880
Location: 41.255882, -84.457169
on Ashwood Rd  around the railroad tracks between Defiance Paulding County Line Rd & US 24

Remnants: none known
Descripton: The proprietors were the Harmening family. It was a farming town with a train station on the Wabash Railway.

Cicero (Cicero Corners) – Milford & Hicksville Township
Post Office: 1852 – 1901
Location: 41.339494, -84.709400     
on Cicero Rd at the intersection with Huber Rd along North Fork Gordon Creek
Remnants: Six Corners Cemetery on the south side of SR 2 between Cicero Rd & Lake Rd
Description: Cicero had a few small businesses but was mostly a farming town.

Clarksville – Milford Township 
Location: 41.422272, -84.768013   
on Williams Defiance County Line Rd at the intersection of Hicksville Edgerton Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was platted in 1836 by Elisha Clark. During the heyday it had two stores, two taverns, & two doctors.

Domersville – Adams Township
Post Office: 1892 – 1899
Location: 41.384157, -84.324051   
on Domersville Rd at the intersection of Coressel Rd
Remnants: Domersville Cemetery south of the GPS coordinates on the west side of Domersville Rd between Coressel Rd & Mekus Rd, former school next to cemetery. 
Description: It was founded by Joshua Domer (1842 – 1915 & Mary Elizabeth (Sullivan) Domer (1848 – 1918). They were buried with relatives in Poplar Ridge Cemetery on Adams Ridge Rd.

Glenburg – Washington & Tiffin Township
Post Office: 1893 – 1905
Location: 41.425050, -84.459115   
on Glenburg Rd between Defiance Williams County Line Rd & Scott Rd
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: It was another small farming & postal town.

Lawtonville – Milford Township
Location: 41.368106, -84.786347   
on Casebeer Miller Rd at the intersection with Seevers Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded by the Lawton family in the area.

McCauleys – Tiffin Township
Post Office: 1860 – 1864
Location: 41.369719, -84.419019   
on Evansport Rd at the intersection of Kammeyer Rd
Remnants: McCauley Cemetery at the intersection
Description: The town founders were Phillip McCauley (1823 – 1892) & Mary (Wissler) McCauley      (1819 – 1899) who moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania. They had 6 children & a 160 acre farm. Phillip was also a school director, justice of the peace, & township trustee. They were buried in the cemetery with relatives.

Midway – Richland Township
Location: 41.275048, -84.266056   
on Harris Rd at the railroad crossing between SR 281 & Standley Rd
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: Midway sat on the B & O Railroad.

Millport – Milford Township
Location: unknown, was in the northwestern portion of the township along the Saint Joseph River
Description: none found

Milo – Milford Township
Post Office: 1851 – 1884
Location: 41.382755, -84.726255   
on SR 249 between Lake Rd & Cicero Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The founders were township pioneers George Chapman (1802 – 1870) & Marcissa (Hopkins) Chapman (1802 – 1870). They were buried with relatives in Farmer Cemetery on Cemetery Rd in Farmer Township.

Nebo – Mark Township
Post Office: 1890 – 1904
Location: 41.267012, -84.669177   
on Jericho Rd along Gordon Creek at the intersection with Breininger Rd
Remnants: former one room schoolhouse in the lot at the northwest corner of the intersection, Spindler Cemetery on the west side of Breininger Rd south of the GPS coordinates
Description: Nebo was founded & named by Civil War veteran George Spealman (1834 – 1915) who operated a general store & ran the post office. The town also had a saw mill, cider mill, & a school. George was buried in Spindler Cemetery.

Oakland – Adams Township
Location: unknown, was in the southeast corner of the township in section 36
Description: none found

Snooksville – Delaware Township
Post Office: 1851 – 1861
Location: 41.283909, -84.515686   
on The Bend Rd at the intersection of Main St & stretched to the other side of the Maumee River
Remnants: Blue Cemetery on the west side of the end of Jacobs Trail Rd toward the river, Saint Stephens Catholic cemetery on the east side of The Bend Rd south of the railroad tracks
Description: The town was founded by the Snook family in the area.

Whites Mills – Delaware Township
Post Office: 1875 – 1876
Location: 41.275372, -84.460155   
on County Rd 424 between Ashwood Rd & Tittle Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: This mill & business town sat on the B & O Railroad. It had a hotel, two saw mills, & a large frame school.

Wilseyville – Farmer Township
Post Office: 1865 – 1883
Location: 41.354244, -84.669194   
on SR 2 at the intersection of Blosser Rd
Remnants: Lost Creek Cemetery at the GPS coordinates
Description: John Derrick Wilsey (1828 – 1870) built a boat oar factory on the north side of Miller Arrowsmith’s farm & opened a post office. Workers lived in scattered houses around the area. John was born in New York, got married in Pennsylvania before going to Ohio & ended up in Minnesota.

Delaware County Ohio Ghost Towns

Carpenters Mills (Liberty Settlement) – Liberty Township
Post Office: 1832 – 1837
Location: 40.230392, -83.061982
on Chapman Rd along the Olentangy River between US 23 (Columbus Pike) & Hyatts Rd
Remnants: Carpenters (Beiber) Mill at the GPS coordinates, Christ Tavern Millworks Boarding House 2 miles north of the GPS coordinates on SR 315 (Olentangy River Rd)
Description: In 1801 Revolutionary War veteran Captain Nathan Carpenter (1757 – 1814) built a saw & grist mill on the banks of the Olentangy River. Nathan was buried on his family farm but there is a memorial for him next to the Liberty Cemetery at Liberty Presbyterian Church. It’s Ohio Historical marker # 15 – 21 at the corner of Olentangy River Rd & Home Rd. More mills were constructed in the area over the next few decades. The town was originally called Liberty Settlement & the name changed in the 1830s to match its post office. Later in 1844, a new grist mill was built in town along the Olentangy River. It was purchased by George Beiber (1803 – 1854) & Mary (Rahn) Beiber in 1848. Their sons James Beiber (1830 – 1905) & Henry Beiber (1835 – 1917) took over the mill production after their father died. They added on to the wooden grist mill with a stone sawmill in 1877 but couldn’t keep up the payments on the debt owed for the expansion. The mill was auctioned off in 1889 & changed ownership several more times over the years. The wooden grist mill was destroyed in a fire but the stone mill still stands between Chapman Rd & the river about 1 & 1/2 miles south of US 23. The Crist Taver Millworks Boarding House was built in 1835 at 2966 Olentangy River Rd & was added to the National Register Of Historic Places in 1994. George & Mary Beiber’s farmhouse is at 2010 Stratford Rd, Delaware, OH & was listed on the National register of Historic Places in 1991. The Beiber family was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery on Sandusky St in the City Of Delaware.

Coles Mills – Troy Township
Post Office: 1841 – 1856
Location: 40.397626, -83.041113
on the west side of Horseshoe Rd (County Rd 220) along Delaware Lake
Remnants: Marlborough (Marlboro) Church & Cemetery 2 miles south of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Horseshoe Rd & Leonardsburg Rd (County Rd 221)
Description: The town was founded by Joseph Cole (1775 – 1849) from New York & Mary (Curren) Cole (1778 – 1865) from Ireland. They made the journey to Ohio from Virginia in 1808, were early pioneers in the county, & had a few children. The first Baptist congregation in the county formed in the area in 1810. Joseph became a deacon, holding meetings in the Cole family cabin until 1819 when a log church was constructed with timber from the Cole property. Joseph built the first saw mill in the township in 1820, followed by a grist mill in 1823. They were on the Olentangy River, called Whetstone Creek at the time, just west of the GPS coordinates. The log church was dismantled in 1836 & moved to the Cole farm where it was used as a barn. A new frame church was constructed on the Cole farm near the GPS coordinates & was used until 1873 when a large brick church was built at a cost of $3,300. It was destroyed by a tornado in 1916 & was replaced later that same year by the present frame structure. The location of Marlborough Cemetery was also originally at the old church site. Both the cemetery & church were moved in 1950 by the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers during construction of the Delaware Dam. It’s uncertain if the exact locations of the saw mill, grist mill, former church, & cemetery were submerged by the creation of Delaware Lake in 1951. Some of the land in that area flooded & some was spared from the potential watery demise. Joseph & Mary Cole were buried with many relatives in Marlborough Cemetery, including one of their sons, Hugh Cole (1807 – 1887). Hugh once saved his father from downing at the mill dam site while repairs were being made. Joseph dislocated his right arm after falling off the dam & luckily caught the submerged branches of a sycamore tree through the swiftly moving waters. Hugh rushed in with a dugout canoe to grab Joseph who later stated he wouldn’t have been able to hang on much longer. In 1832, Hugh saved another man named Thomas Willey who capsized over the dam in a dugout along with Nathaniel Cozard. Hugh entered the water on horseback & caught Thomas by his hair as he was going under, likely for the last time. Nathaniel was found dead about a mile downstream.

Cones Mills (Eagletown) (Pickrell’s Mills) – Thompson Township
Post Office: 1878 – 1883
Location: 40.362801, -83.185840
on SR 257 at the intersection of Donovan Rd along the Scioto River
Remnants: none known
Description: The original proprietors were John W. Cone (1809 – 1891) born in Delaware County & Mary (Williams) Cone (1814 – 1885) from Wales. They were married in 1831 & had 13 children. John built a wool factory next to the Scioto River around 1844 & engaged in farming & livestock raising. The town also had a saw mill, tannery, & there was a school on the east side of SR 257 south of the GPS coordinates on land owned by the Swartz family. The wool factory was converted to steam power in 1868 & unfortunately caught fire from engine sparks, destroying the business in 1874. H. P. Pickrell built a large grist mill on the site in 1877, constructed a general store nearby, & was the postmaster. However, his hard-fought efforts weren’t enough to save the fading town, which ended up falling off the prior to 1900. John & Mary Cone were buried with relatives in Radnor Cemetery about 3 & 1/2 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of SR 203 & Randor Rd.

Cutlers Corners – Concord Township
Location: 40.217011, -83.148847
on SR 745 (Dublin Rd) at the intersection of Moore Rd along the Scioto River
Remnants: Cutler Cemetery on private property on between SR 745 & the Scioto River just southeast of the GPS coordinates
Description: War Of 1812 veteran John Cutler (1780 – 1871) from Prussia, Germany married Matilda (McGown) Cutler (1809 – 1864) from Franklin County in 1825. They settled in Concord Township in 1830 & owned an 880 acre farm. John built a saw & grist mill next to the Scioto River & was the first treasurer of the township. There was a school on the east side of SR 745 north of the GPS coordinates. John had 10 children & divided up the family farm to them over the passing decades as was needed. He was buried with relatives in Cutler Cemetery.   

Edinburgh (Fairview Corners) – Scioto Township
Location: 40.273858, -83.214816
on US 36 (Marysville Rd) at the intersection of Ostrander Rd (County Rd 163) along Blues Creek at the mouth of Ronolds Run
Remnants: Fairview (Edinburgh) Cemetery on the east side of Ostrander Rd north of the GPS coordinates, abandoned farm in the northeast corner of the intersection
Description: It was the oldest village in the township & was settled in the mid-1810s. The first families comprised of William Cratty (1763 – 1817) & Sarah (Dodds) Cratty (1765 – 1846), Andrew Dodds (1763 – 1823) & Mary (Cochran) Dodds (1772 – 1815), & John Lawrence (1771 – 1815) & Jane (Cochran) Lawrence (1777 – 1818). The town was platted with 27 lots in the southeast corner of the intersection & was called Fairview because of the beauty of the location. The name changed to Edinburgh before publication of the 1849 county map. Residents expected to attract a railroad in the mid-1800s, but it ended up running through Ostrander which was platted a mile to the south in 1852. Edinburgh had a school & church on the south side of the cemetery. Failure to get a train station stopped its growth, but the area was never completely abandoned. The name changed to Fairview Corners sometime in the 1900s & is still a populated place which pops up on Google Maps. Everyone mentioned in this listing was buried with relatives in Fairview Cemetery.

Genoa Cross Roads (Franklin Corners) – Genoa Township
Post Office: 1848 – 1865
Location: 40.179360, -82.902952
on Big Walnut Rd at the intersection of S Old 3C Rd
Remnants: former town hall east of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Big Walnut Rd & Tussic St Rd
Description: It was originally called Franklin Corners & was named after Vernon Franklin (1800 – 1863) from New Hampshire. He was the postmaster for the first 15 years & was succeeded by Dr. Lewis Badger (1801 – 1872) who moved to Illinois & didn’t name anyone to take over the office. Vernon was buried with relatives in Burnside Cemetery about 1 & 1/2 miles north of town at the intersection of S Old 3C Rd & Lewis Center Rd.

Little Mill Creek – Scioto Township
Post Office: 1837 – 1855
Location: unknown
Description: This small farming & postal town was along Little Mill Creek in southwestern Scioto Township. It didn’t have a village & the post office served residents of Edinburgh & Ostrander. Joseph Maugans (1797 – 1873) was the first known postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Mill Creek Cemetery on the west side of Ostrander Rd (County Rd 153) south of Ostrander. Ezekiel Rogers (1833 – 1892) was the last known postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Fairview Cemetery on the east side of Ostrander Rd north of US 36.

Peerless (Peerless Station) – Porter Township, Delaware County & Bennington Township, Morrow County (formerly in Delaware County)
Post Office: 1881 – 1910

Location: 40.350617, -82.765175
on Peerless Rd (Mt Vernon Olive Green Rd) at the former railroad crossing between SR 656 & Moody Rd
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: Peerless was on the Toledo & Ohio Central Railroad. John W. Morehouse (1842 – 1913) was the first postmaster & was buried with relatives in Ashley Union Cemetery about 14 miles northwest of the GPS coordinates on the east side of Ashley Rd in Oxford Township. Thomas Cubbage Jr. (1854 – 1928) from Kent County, Delaware was the last known postmaster. He later moved & was laid to rest in Maple Grove Cemetery on Maple Dr in Alexandria, Licking County. The train station was purchased by a local farmer in 1941 & converted to a corn crib.

Pluggys Town – City Of Delaware (formerly in Delaware Township)
Location: 40.305463, -83.062305
on walking trails in Mingo Park off of E Lincoln Ave
Remnants: historical marker in the park near the GPS coordinates
Description: It was a Native American Mingo town founded in the early 1770s by Mohawk born Chief Plukkemehnotee (Pluggy) & had a few hundred residents. Chief Pluggy was killed near McClelland’s Station, Kentucky after a battle in 1776.

Ralph (Snipetown) – Harlem Township
Post Office: 1893 – 1900
Location: 40.131536, -82.780685
on Fancher Rd (County Rd 20) at the intersection of Green Cook Rd (Township Hwy 29) along Rocky Fork
Remnants: Hanover (Snipetown) Cemetery on the south side of Fancher Rd just east of the GPS Coordinates
Description: Burials in the cemetery predate the arrival of the Hanover family, which moved to the area from West Virginia around 1830. It’s unclear exactly when & why the place went by the name Snipetown. The post office was called Ralph, which is also another mystery of sorts. Perry G. Baughman (1873 – 1939) was the only known postmaster. He was buried with relatives 2 & 1/2 miles west of the GPS coordinates in Fancher Cemetery on the north side of Fancher Rd. Hanover Cemetery was vandalized in the late 1900s with some of the stones broken & taken. However, a few of them were found in a barn in Licking County & were subsequently returned. An interesting fact of unknown relevance is Perry Baughman was born in & passed away in Licking County.

Union – Liberty Township
Post Office: dates not listed
Location: 40.194057, -83.052759
on SR 315 (Olentangy River Rd) at the intersection of Home Rd (County Rd 124) along the Olentangy River
Remnants: Liberty Presbyterian Church & Cemetery at the GPS coordinates, former school on the north side of the church
Description: Joseph M. Cellar (1830 – 1902) opened a store next to Liberty Presbyterian Church around 1848 & a post office called Union was established there. They both only lasted a few years though. Joseph was buried with relatives in Liberty Cemetery.

Erie County Ohio Ghost Towns

Abbott Bridge (Abbott Crossing) (Wards Landing)  (Fries Landing) – Milan Township (formerly Avery Township, Huron County)
Location: 41.336104, -82.583693   
on Mason Rd between Mudbrook Rd & the Huron River
Remnants: Abbott Home & Homer Page Farm at the GPS coordinates
Description: It was originally settled by David Abbott (1766 – 1822) & Mary (Brown) Abbott (1770 –  1849) who moved to Ohio from Massachusetts & accumulated 1800 acres which stretched on both sides of the river. After David passed away, the biggest land owner & entrepreneur was Jared Ward (1767 – 1857). Valentine Fries (1826 – 1900) was the last proprietor, a grocery store owner & later a ship builder in the 1870s & 1880s. The Abbott Home was built in 1824 & made it onto the National Register Of Historic Places in 1975.

Ashmont – Vermilion Township
Post Office: 1886 – 1901
Location: 41.376178, -82.439792 
on Joppa Rd at the railroad crossing at the intersection of Ashmont Rd
Remnants: old houses in the area
Description: Ashmont sat on the “Nickel Plate Road” (New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad) but didn’t have a train station.

Bloomville
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Cookes Corners (Cooks Corner) (Four Corners) (North Monroeville) – Oxford Township
Post Office: 1840 – 1857
Location: 41.288128, -82.725493 
on Patten Tract Rd (County Hwy 42) at the intersection of SR 113 on the Huron County border
Remnants: North Monroeville (Cooke) Cemetery on the west side of SR 99 south of the GPS coordinates
Description: Cookes Corners was the former town at the current location of North Monroeville. The proprietors were ancestors of Revolutionary War veteran Captain Asaph Cooke (1748 – 1826) & Thankful (Parker) Cooke (1745 – 1819). They were buried with relatives in North Monroeville (Cooke) Cemetery.

Enterprise – Oxford Township
Location: 41.292647, -82.664730 
on SR 113 at the intersection of Huber Rd on the north side of the Huron River
Remnants: none known
Description: It was a small farming & merchant town from the mid-1800s to early 1900s. The area appears to never have been completely abandoned as a row of residential lots sit in the same spot as the ones on the 1865 Worley & Brocher map.

Furnace – Vermilion Township
Post Office: 1833 – 1857
Location: 41.361953, -82.410439   
on Furnace Rd at the intersection of  Darrow Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: This small farming town was once the home of the oldest church congregation in the township which was moved there in 1836.

Groton (Groton Centre) – Groton Township (formerly Wheatsborough)
Post Office: 1851 – 1884
Location: 41.337414, -82.830176   
on SR 269 between Portland Rd & Strecker Rd
Remnants: Deyo Cemetery on the north side of Portland Rd west of SR 269
Description: The post office & a blacksmith shop across the road were on land owned by Dr. John P. Deyo (1804 – 1898) & Sarah (Foster) Deyo (1819 – 1887). They had a few children & a large farm. The post office was later moved to the center of the township & operated by A.J. Hastings. John & Sarah were buried with many relatives in Deyo Cemetery.

Harpers Corners (Berlin Station) (Ceylon) – Berlin Township (formerly Eldridge)
Post Office: 1858 – 1904
Location: 41.371715, -82.493781 
on Ceylon Rd (SR 61) at the railroad crossing between N Depot St & South Depot St
Remnants: Peaks Cemetery on Darrow Rd southeast of the GPS   coordinates
Description: Harpers Corners was the original name of Ceylon & was founded by Joseph Harper (c. 1760 – 1820) who came to Ohio from Vermont. He had a few children with Esther (Dean) Adams (1767 – 1842). She remarried after his death & her gravestone is still intact in Peaks Cemetery. In the mid to late 1800s, it had a train station on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway, a hotel, two stores, two saloons, & a saw mill.

Huronia Beach – Huron Township
Location: 41.403060, -82.566751   
on Huronia Beach Dr at the intersection of Cleveland Rd W
Description: It was once a separate small town but is now a neighborhood in the City of Huron & has newer residences in the area.

Jay
Post Office: 1839 – 1842
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Lyme – Lyme Township
Location: 41.283782, -82.786251 
at the intersection of SR 113 & SR 4
Remnants: Historic Lyme Village at 5001 State Route 4 Bellvue, OH 44811, Lyme Congregational Church on SR 113, Strongs Ridge Cemetery on the southeast side of SR 113 east of SR 4
Description: Lyme was a town from 1815 to the mid-1900s & sat on the Nickel Plate Road (Railroad). It’s now part of Bellvue.
Lyme Village Info –
 lymevillage.com/

Miami
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Muscash – Margaretta Township
Location: unknown, was in the northwest corner of the township
Description: Muscash was the site of the first religious congregation in the township & founded by Methodists. It was also a trading post for Native Americans who usually wanted cash instead of goods, hence the town name.

New Berlin (Berlin Heights) – Berlin Township (formerly Eldridge)
Location: 41.325149, -82.493396   
at the 4 way intersection of W Main St, E Main St, Lake St, & South St (SR 61)
Remnants: Riverside (New Berlin Heights) Cemetery on the east side of South St south of town
Description: New Berlin was the original name of Berlin Heights in the early to mid-1800s.

Perkins – Perkins Township
Post Office: 1816 – 1843
Location: 41.408489, -82.702700 
on Campbell St at the intersection of Strub Rd
Remnants: Fellowship Baptist Church south of the intersection
Description: The town was named by surveyor Almon Ruggles after U.S. Congressman Elias Perkins from New London, Connecticut. It sat on the B & O Railroad but didn’t have a train station.

Point Hope – Berlin Township (formerly Eldridge)
Location: unknown
Description: In 1860 a “Free Love” communistic village formed with 20 members who made the trip to Ohio from New England. They recruited a whopping one resident of the area & the village lasted a little less than a year.

Prairieville – Perkins Township
Post Office: 1858 – 1861
Location: unknown
Description: The town was founded by Addison Mixter (1829 – 1890) from Massachusetts & Jane (Wolverton) Mixter (1828 – 1906) from New Jersey. They met & married in Ohio, built a general store, & ran the post office. Addison & Jane were buried with relatives in Scott Union Cemetery on Huron – Avery Rd in Huron.

Prout (Prouts Station) – Oxford Township
Post Office: 1872 – 1905
Location: 41.351440, -82.699904    
on W Mason Rd between Campbell St & Ransom Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded by Andrew Prout (1811 – 1881) & Mary (Carpenter) Prout (1818 – 1903). Andrew was a shoe maker & also sold clocks. They were married in 1833, purchased a 100 acre farm, & had several children. Andrew was the first postmaster & the town had a train station on the B & O Railroad. They were buried with relatives in Sandhill Cemetery on W Mason Rd at the intersection of Skadden Rd.

Ransoms – Margaretta Township, Erie County & Townsend Township, Sandusky County
Location: 41.391392, -82.845902   
on both sides of Carson Pass between Herr Rd in Erie County & Teems Rd in Sandusky County
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were Charles H. Ransom (1821 – 1901) from Connecticut & Susan (Slaughter) Ransom (1826 – 1917) from New York. They were pioneers of the township, had 6 children, & owned 764 acres of land engaging in farming & stock dealing. There was also a wool mill & steam saw mill along Vickery Rd in Sandusky County in the mid to late 1800s. Charles & Susan were buried with relatives in Oakland Cemetery on Milan Rd in Sandusky (Erie County).

Sandusky Crossroads
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Shattucks Grove (Shaddock’s Grove) (Shaddock’s Lake Park) – Vermilion Township
Location: 41.425040, -82.348789 
on the north side of US 6 (Liberty Ave) between Tabernacle St & Salem Dr
Remnants: none known
Description: It was a summer vacation resort village owned by George Shattuck. The venue hosted traveling circuses, dances, & other family events in the late 1800s to early 1900s.

Spragues Corners – Florence Township
Location: 41.305799, -82.413326 
on Harmon Rd at the intersection of Florence Wakeman Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Ezra Sprague (1785 – 1856) from Massachusetts & Harriet (Griswold) Sprague (1781 – 1852) from Connecticut. They were the first settlers in the township in 1809 & had 7 children. Ezra was the first justice of the peace & a common pleas court judge. They were buried with relatives in Cable Cemetery on the east side of Cable Rd south of Harmon Rd.

Wells Corners (Axtel) – Vermilion Township
Location: 41.369073, -82.363503 
on SR 60 at the intersection of Mason Rd
Remnants: Maple Grove Cemetery at the intersection of Mason Rd & Cemetery Rd west of the GPS coordinates
Description: The founders & original proprietors were Philo Wells (1786 – 1879) from New York & Hannah (Lewis) Wells (1788 – 1848) from Connecticut. They had a nice farm & a few children. The town also had a church & a cheese factory in the late 1800s. Philo remarried after Hannah passed away. They were buried with relatives in Maple Grove Cemetery. The town name changed to Axtel after the family that owned the cheese factory sometime around 1900.

Yankee Settlement – Perkins Township
Location: 41.372628, -82.684816   
on Taylor Rd at the intersection of Fox Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Reverend John Beatty of Connecticut purchased most of Perkins Township from the Firelands Company & moved his family there with a group of settlers shortly after the War Of 1812 ended. Included in the group were: Joseph Taylor, Jesse Taylor, Julius House, Holly Akins, Roswell Hubbard, Harvey Covell, Eleazer Bell, Plinney Johnson, Richard Christopher, & William Beebe. The town existed for around 100 years & had a church. Many of the pioneers & their descendants were buried in Perkins Cemetery on Beatty Ln in Sandusky.

Fairfield County Ohio Ghost Towns

Black Diamond
Location: unknown
Description: Black Diamond was near what’s now the north shore of Buckeye Lake & was abandoned in the late 1820s. The lake was originally called the Licking Summit Reservoir & was constructed to feed water to the Ohio & Erie canal.

Buckeye Park – Greenfield Township
Location: 39.772175, -82.686514
on Old Columbus Rd NW at the intersection of Coonpath Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Buckeye Park had a church in the northwest lot of the intersection, a school (Greenfield Township No.4) on the south side of Coonpath Rd west of the GPS coordinates, & a train station on the Columbus, Hocking Valley, & Toledo Railroad.

Claypool – Greenfield Township
Location:
39.759052, -82.669743
on Columbus – Lancaster Rd NW at the intersection of Claypool St NW
Remnants: none known

Description: The town was founded by Jacob Claypool Sr. (1775 – 1843) & Margaret (Baker) Claypool (1779 – 1828) who moved to Ohio from Rockingham County, Virginia & had a few children. Jacob married Ann (Renick) Claypool (1789 – 1834) after Margaret passed away. They donated land for a church & school. It later turned into Greenfield Academy. Jacob, Margaret, & Ann were buried with relatives in Greenfield Township Cemetery on the east side of Columbus – Lancaster Rd NW south of the GPS coordinates. 

Flagdale (Geneva) – Rush Creek Township
Post Office: 1887 – 1903
Location: 39.662371, -82.433387
on SR 664 at the intersection of Sacred Heart Rd SE
Remnants: Flagdale Cemetery in the woods on the west side of SR 664 south of the GPS coordinates
Description: Flagdale was the name of the post office at Geneva & the village also went by Flagdale at times too. Flagdale Cemetery is reportedly in the woods on the west side of SR 664 approximately 1/2 mile south of Sacred Heart Rd SE across the border in Marion Township, Hocking County (formerly in Auburn Township, Fairfield County), but it can’t be seen on satellite maps. It’s also listed on Find A Grave with no interments or pictures.

Gables Station
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Harrisport – Greenfield Township
Location: unknown
Description: Harrisport contained around a dozen residences & was listed in The Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guides from 1837 – 1841. The town faded out of existence & didn’t make it onto the 1848 county map.

Millers – Clearcreek Township
Location: 39.587453, -82.785347
on Heigle Rd SW at the intersection of 16th Rd SW east of the confluence of Wolf Creek & Salt Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: This small farming town was on the Lancaster & Hamden Railroad. It was founded by a branch of the Miller family in the county. Prior to the railroad’s arrival, the Wolf (Wolfe) & Hoffman (Huffman) families were the largest in the area.

Monticello – Walnut Township
Post Office: 1827 – 1833
Location: on SR 37 (Lancaster – Newark Rd NE) at the intersection of SR 204 (Blacklick – Eastern Rd NE)
Remnants: none known
Description: The short-lived town of Monticello was listed in the Ohio Gazetteer Or Topographical Dictionary from 1829 – 1833. Wilson Lewis was the postmaster. 

Richland
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Roby Addition – Walnut Township
Location: unknown
Description: Benjamin Roby (1801 – 1886) & Sarah (Siebert) Roby (1819 – 1905) moved to Ohio from Virginia & recorded the plat on the northwest side of Buckeye Lake. It failed to attract residents & the idea was subsequently abandoned. Benjamin & Sarah were buried with relatives in Fletcher Chapel Cemetery on the north side of Blacklick Rd NW between Cherry Ln & SR 158 (Lancaster – Kirkersville Rd NW).

Sandstone – City Of Lancaster
Location: 39.714527, -82.543528
on Quarry Rd SE at the railroad crossing between US 22 & Commerce St
Remnants: none known
Description: Sandstone was on the Cleveland & Mahoning Valley Railroad & was listed on the Ohio map in the 1901 Cram Atlas.

Sniders (Snyders) – Liberty Township
Location: 39.887768, -82.641918
on Snyder Church Rd NW at the intersection of Stemen Rd
Remnants: New Zion United Methodist Church at the intersection, Union Evangelical (New Zion / Snider) Cemetery on both sides of Snyder Church Rd NW south of the GPS coordinates, former school on Bickel Church Rd NW next to St. Michaels United Church Of Christ
Description: The town was founded by Swiss immigrant Jacob Snider (1815 – 1894) & Phebe (Brumbach) Snider (1820 – 1886). Phebe’s paternal grandfather Johann Brumbach was a German immigrant & Revolutionary War veteran. He passed away in Virginia. Sniders was a farming town & had a school (Liberty Township No. 8) on the south side of Bickel Church Rd NW east of Snyder Church Rd NW.

Steele – Clearcreek Township
Location: unknown
Description: It was founded by a branch of the Steele family in the county.

Tarhe Town – City Of Lancaster
Location: 39.707898, -82.599538
on S Water St between Locust St & the Hocking River
Remnants: none known
Description: This Wyandotte Nation Native American village was named after Chief Tarhe (1742 – 1818) who lived there at various times. He earned his title in 1788, was one of 13 Native American chiefs who fought at the Battle Of Fallen Timbers in 1794, & was the only one who survived. He was also one of the signers of the Treaty Of Greenville in 1795. Chief Tarhe’s nickname was “The Crane”, for his slender build & being 6 feet 4 inches tall. He was buried in Upper Sandusky in Wyandot County. A monument was dedicated to him in 1915 at the site of Cranetown on SR 67 (Tarhe Trail) south of the intersection of Twp Highway 121.

Walnut (Bush City) (Thurston) – Walnut Township
Post Office: 1826 – 1832 & 1858 – 1867
Location: 39.840275, -82.549460
on SR 256 (Baltimore – Somerset Rd NE) at the intersection of Old Millersport Rd NE along Walnut Creek
Remnants: Thurston Primitive (Old School) Baptist Church Cemetery
Prior to the platting of Thurston in 1881, the area was called Bush City. Long before that it was Walnut. It was a farming town with the post office being the only local accommodation. Schools & church services were held in rudimentary log cabins & residences until the 1870s & the arrival of the Lake Erie & Atlantic Railroad. Samuel G. Bush (1820 – 1878), who lived in the area all his life, & whose family was the namesake of Bush City, was the postmaster during the 1858 – 1867 run. He was buried with relatives in Thurston Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Wyandotte – Clearcreek Township
Location: 39.628007, -82.800944
on Justus Rd SW between US 22 & Wyandotte Rd SW
Remnants: none known
Description: Wyandotte was on the Cincinnati & Zanesville Railroad, later bought by the Cleveland & Mahoning Valley Railroad. It had 2 local schools. One of them (Clearcreek Township No. 2) was on the east side of 16th Rd SW on land owned by Amos Crites (1813 – 1904) & Priscilla (Aldenderfer) Crites (1817 – 1894). The other one (Clearcreek Township No. 3) was on the east side of Fosnaugh School Rd SW next to Salt Creek. Amos & Priscilla were buried with relatives in Dutch Hollow Cemetery on the north side of the intersection of 16th Rd SW Cincinnati – Zanesville Rd SW. They were a great uncle & great aunt to Henry Monroe Crites (1869 – 1957) who owned the Gregg – Crites Octagon House near Circleville in Pickaway County.

Fayette County Ohio Ghost Towns

Carton – Union Township
Location: unknown, was along the railroad tracks near Robinson Rd SE between Evergreen Dr & Old Chillicothe Rd SE (County Rd 140)
Remnants: none known
Description: Carton had a train station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad.

Fayette – Union Township
Location: 39.588072, -83.404354   
on Matthew Rd at the railroad crossing between Old SR 38 & US 62
Remnants: none known
Description: The town sat next to the B & O Railroad but didn’t have a train station.

Fayette Junction – Union Township
Location: 39.573918, -83.505065 
on Bush Rd NW at the railroad crossing between Bloomburg – New Holland Rd NW & Old US 35
Remnants: the train track junction still exists there
Description: It was where the Detroit, Toledo, & Ironton Railroad met the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad.

Fayne
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Ghormley (Ghormleys) (Ghormley Station) – Perry Township
Location: 39.409507, -83.378804   
on Ghormley Rd between Highland Ave (SR 41) & SR 753
Remnants: none known
Description: Ghormley was a flag stop (trains would stop if signaled) on the Ohio Southern Railroad. The proprietor was a member of the Ghormley family in the area.

Haynes
Location: unknown
Description: It was founded by a branch of the Haynes family in the area.

Kingfred (Kingford Siding) – Union Township
Location: 39.544784, -83.346026   
on Camp Grove Rd SE at the former railroad track crossing on the south side of US 22
Remnants: none known
Description: The town sat on the Penn Lines (Pennsylvania Railroad) & had a passenger siding for loading & unloading between the tracks. The old track bed can still be seen on satellite maps.

Olympia – Union Township
Location: 39.541173, -83.377694
on Bogus Rd SE at the former railroad crossing between US 22 & Robinson Rd SE
Remnants: none known
Description: It was on the Penn Lines (Pennsylvania Railroad) but didn’t have a train station. School No. 16 was on the north side of US 22 about halfway between Olympia & Kingfred.

Pearsons (Pearson Station) – Jasper Township
Post Office: 1877 – 1903
Location: 39.593950, -83.660200 
on Marchant – Luttrell Rd between Pearson – Octa Rd & Hargrave Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by a branch of the Pearson family in the area. It had a train station on the Dayton, Toledo, & Ironton Railroad. The population was 38 in 1910 & the town was listed in the 1913 Fayette County Atlas but didn’t last much longer after that.

Phillip 
Post Office: 1892 – 1898
Location: unknown, was near Hagler
Description: none found

Potter
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Franklin County Ohio Ghost Towns

Alum Creek – City Of Columbus (formerly in Montgomery & Marion Township)
Post Office: 1894 – 1915
Location: 39.979742, -82.957653
on Leonard Ave at the railroad junction heading south along Alum Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: Alum Creek had a train station on the Columbus, Sandusky, & Hocking Railroad, later bought by the Big Four (Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus & St. Louis Railroad). The creek itself was the site of many early settlements & mills in the county & around Columbus. It was named after the metallic substance that was found in slate slabs on the creek banks. The town’s post office was called Leonard.

Avenue – Franklin Township
Post Office: 1874 – 1905
Location: 39.941805, -83.111996
on Georgesville Rd at the intersection of Sullivan Ave
Remnants: none known
Description: In the 1880s the post office was on land owned by Newell Mix (1835 – 1889) & Emaline (Deforest) Mix (1838 – 1886). Newell was a justice of the peace in Franklin Township. The town also had a train station on the Cincinnati, Sandusky, & Cleveland Railroad, later bought by the Big Four. Newell & Emaline had a few children & were buried with relatives in Green Lawn Cemetery on Greenlawn Ave.

Baker Hill – City Of Columbus (formerly in Hamilton & Marion Township)
Location: 39.906343, -82.969126
on the northeast side of the intersection of Groveport Rd & Wilson Ave
Remnants: none known
Description: The gravel & sand filled hill rises well above the surrounding landscape & was formed by the Scioto River before dams controlled its size. It was named after the Baker family who owned much of the hill in the mid to late 1800s. The town also had a school on land owned by Henry Obetz (1825 – 1900) from Pennsylvania & Sarah (Hensel) Obetz (1820 – 1901). They were buried with relatives in Green Lawn Cemetery.

Big Run – Franklin Township
Location: 39.915203, -83.067130
on Alkire Rd at the intersection of Big Run Ave
Remnants: none known
Description: It was named after the waterway that runs through the area, a tributary of the Scioto River.

Big Walnut – Truro & Mifflin Township
Location: 39.976174, -82.873971
on E Broad St (SR 16) at the intersection of Hamilton Ave (SR 317) on the west side of Big Walnut Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: It was named after the creek & was listed as a town along the Big Four Railroad.

Borrors Corners – Jackson Township
Post Office: 1894 – 1900
Location: 39.825405, -83.032575
on SR 665 (London – Groveport Rd) at the intersection of SR 104 (Jackson Pike) along Plum Run
Remnants: historical marker on the southeast side of the intersection, Scioto Cemetery on the south side of Hiner Rd off of SR 104, many old houses & farms in the area
Description: Magdalene (Strader) Borror (1767 – 1838) from Virginia was the widow of Revolutionary War veteran Jacob Borror Jr. (1763 – 1804). She moved to Ohio with her 7 children & settled on 400 acres of land given to her by her parents in 1809 – 1811. The family became successful in farming & merchandising & was very influential in Jackson Township for over 100 years. Borrors Corners had a school, several churches, a grocery store, blacksmith shop, & some other small businesses. Magdalene was buried with relatives in Scioto Cemetery. More family ancestors & descendants can be found in Concord Cemetery on Hoover Rd south of SR 665, Grove City Cemetery, & Green Lawn Cemetery.

Bright – Madison Township
Location: 39.865341, -82.922123
on Groveport Rd at the intersection of Bixby Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: This small village had a school on the south side of Groveport Rd southeast of the intersection. Much of the land around the GPS coordinates was owned by the Kile family.

Burts
Location: unknown
Description: It was named after the Burt family in the county.

Caldwell
Location: unknown
Description: It was named after a branch of the Caldwell family in the county.

Clover Settlement – Prairie & Brown Township
Location: 39.962555, -83.168382
on Alton Darby Creek Rd between I – 70 & US 40
Remnants: Clover Cemetery at the GPS coordinates
Description: Henry & Catherine Clover moved to Ohio from Virginia with their 12 children & originally lived in Ross County. They relocated to Prairie Township in 1813 & Clover Settlement formed around their property with more families moving to the area in the early 1800s. Across from the cemetery on the east side of Alton Darby Creek Rd, the town had a school, Methodist church, & a general store & train station on the north side of the railroad tracks. Clover Settlement faded away in the later 1800s as Alton to the south was expanding & had more modern accommodations. Alton’s train station on the south side of the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks replaced Clover’s station & can be found in the 1872 county atlas. Most of the Clover family was buried in Clover Cemetery & some relatives & descendants were buried in Alton Cemetery between the railroad tracks & US 40.

Deems – Franklin Township
Location: 39.970104, -83.115745
on Fisher Rd between I – 270 & Philip Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Thomas Deems (1807 – 1880) from Pennsylvania & Mary (Sims) Deems (1807 – 1880) from Muskingum County. They married in 1828, had 6 children, & moved to Franklin County in 1841. Thomas was a farmer & blacksmith. The Deems were buried with relatives in Green Lawn Cemetery.

Doneys – Truro Township
Location: 39.956283, -82.904633
on US 40 at the former railroad crossing between James Rd & Beechwood Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Abraham Doney (1829 – 1900) from Harrison County & Emily Brock (1837 – 1899) from Fairfield County moved to Truro Township in 1865 & had 6 children. They were farmers & livestock dealers & amassed 600 acres of land between US 40 & E Broad St (SR 16). The town had a train station on the Columbus, Sandusky, & Hocking Railroad. Abraham & Emily were buried with relatives in Green Lawn Cemetery.  

Eastwood – City of Columbus (formerly in Montgomery Township)
Location: 39.967843, -82.957473
on Eastwood Ave at the intersection of Woodland Ave
Remnants: Eastwood Ave
Description: The town was first spotted on the 1856 county map & never had much of a chance at keeping its own identity. It had a school & Congregational church, but was too close to downtown Columbus & was annexed by the 1870s. Eastwood Avenue itself is a remnant of the former town. Its narrow construction is reminiscent of average roads in the mid-1800s.

Flint Station – Sharon Township
Post Office: 1868 – 1912
Location: 40.127303, -83.005196
on Park Rd at the railroad crossing between Flint Rd & Sancus Blvd
Remnants: The Market at Flint Station at the GPS coordinates, Flint Cemetery on Flint Rd
Description: Although the town of Flint is still a populated area, Flint Station is considered to be a ghost town & is on the state’s historical populated places list. The town had stations on the Big Four Railroad & the Sandusky & Columbus Short Line Railroad. Many early residents were buried in Flint Cemetery on the west side of Flint Rd. The Market at Flint Station is a lounge & the building that houses it was constructed in 1890.

Hibernia – Truro Township
Post Office: 1849 – 1857
Location: 39.954753, -82.851364
on US 40 at the intersection of Noe Bixby Rd along Big Walnut Creek
Remnants: Carlisle Cemetery at Hibernia Apartments on Hibernia Dr south of US 40 off of Noe Bixby Rd
Description: Irish immigrant Thomas Armstrong (1769 – 1856) sold some lots which founded Hibernia in the 1840s. The town was never platted or incorporated but had a school, hotel, grocery store, wagon shop, & blacksmith shop. Thomas was buried with relatives in Carlisle Cemetery. It predates the town by a few decades.  

Highway – Norwich Township
Location: unknown
Description: Highway was on the Toledo & Ohio Central Railroad between Columbus & Hilliard’s northern side.

Hocking Junction
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Lafayetteville – Plain Township
Location: 40.080156, -82.789975
on E Dublin Granville Rd at the intersection of Kitzmiller Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: There were two attempts to lay out a town called Lafayetteville in Franklin County. The first was made in 1826 by Lorin Hills & Lester Humphrey. The platted lots either never sold or didn’t sell enough to make any difference in the area.

Lafayetteville – Prairie Township
Location: 39.942576, -83.143756

the exact location of the plat is unknown
Remnants: Postle Cemetery at the GPS Coordinates west of Norton Rd & north of Gabriels Landing Dr
Description: In 1832 War Of 1812 veteran Job Postle (1781 – 1858) & Elizabeth (Webb) Postle (1780 – 1850) platted another town called Lafayetteville with the same results as the first. Job & Elizabeth were buried with relatives in Postle Cemetery.

Lisle – City Of Columbus (formerly in Clinton Township)
Location: 40.004814, -83.034240
on Kenny Rd between W Lane Ave & Kinnear Rd & stretching east to the Olentangy River
Remnants: none known
Description: Part of The Ohio State University campus is the site of a ghost town. John Lisle & Rachel (Irwin) Lisle moved to Ohio from Kentucky in 1798 & settled in Clinton Township a couple of years later. They had 8 children in total & a large farm. The town also had a school on the east side of Kenny Rd north of the GPS coordinates. John & Rachel were buried with relatives in Union Cemetery on Olentangy River Rd.

Marble Cliff Mills – City Of Columbus (formerly in Perry Township)
Post Office: 1874 – 1915
Location: 39.984891, -83.065140
on US 33 at the intersection of Cardigan Ave along the Scioto River
Remnants: none known
Description: Thomas Backus (1785 – 1825) & Tempera (Lord) Backus (1786 – 1864) made the journey to Ohio from Connecticut & mills next to the Scioto River in 1812 – 1813. They had 5 children & later moved to Marion County where Thomas served as a prosecuting attorney. The mills were sold a few times & were called Marble Cliff by the 1850s. The town also had stone & slate quarries, a general store, boot & shoe shop, Methodist Church, & a train station on the Pittsburg, Cincinnati, & St. Louis Railroad. Although the mills themselves are long gone, Marble Cliff became a town in 1890 & was incorporated in 1901. Thomas & Tempera were buried with many relatives in Woodlawn Cemetery on Central Ave in Toledo, Lucas County.

Marburn – Clinton Township
Location: 40.043621, -83.038212
on Ruby Rd at the intersection of Overlook Dr
Remnants: former school north of the GPS coordinates on the west side of Ruby Rd
Description: It’s unclear when Marburn was considered to be a town & when it fell off of maps, but it was likely sometime in the mid to late 1900s as there’s no mention of the place in the old history books. Marburn School opened in 1960 & closed in 1977. A subdivision named Marburn sits south of the school.

Millers – Pleasant Township
Location: 39.824834, -83.141150
on US 62 at the I – 71 Underpass
Remnants: none known
Description: This small farming town was along the B & O Railroad & was founded by Charles C. Miller (1854 – 1939) who owned 185 acres of land in the vicinity. He was buried with relatives in Grove City Cemetery.

Mosel
Location: unknown
Description: It was founded by a branch of the Mosel family in the county. 

Mount Pleasant – City Of Columbus (formerly in Montgomery Township)
Location: 39.983827, -83.003535
on Mt Pleasant Ave at the intersection of E 3rd Ave
Remnants: none known
Description: Francis Clymer (1798 – 1878) from Maryland & Susannah (Harris) Clymer from Ohio platted Mount Pleasant on their farm in 1835, but the town never grew any & was quickly abandoned. The area was subsequently annexed into Columbus. Francis & Susannah had 6 children & moved to Hancock County, becoming some of the earliest pioneering settlers there. Francis & Susannah were buried with relatives in Clymer Cemetery next to Pleasant View Church on Co Rd 37 in Union Township, Hancock County.

Oregon – Madison Township
Post Office: 1829 – 1834
Location: 39.822586, -82.832657
on Lithopolis Rd at the intersection of Oregon Rd
Remnants: Middletown Cemetery on private property east of Gender Rd
Description: Oregon was originally called Middletown. It was platted by Issac Decker in 1817 but never grew much. The town name changed between 1830 & 1831. Issac & his wife, name unknown as of yet, operated a tavern at their cabin for 30 years & worked together in the shoemaker trade. The shoe services were offered in exchange for getting some of their farmland cleared for crops & livestock. They were buried with relatives in Decker Cemetery. It was stated in the 1880 History of Franklin And Pickaway Counties that Oregon was “now almost vanished” & it didn’t make it onto the 1883 Franklin County map. 

Portersburg (Pin Hook) –  City Of Columbus (formerly in Blendon Township)
Location: 40.085628, -82.895440
on Sunbury Rd at the intersection of Valley Quail Blvd S along Big Walnut Creek
Remnants: none known
Descripton: W. H. Porter & Eve Porter (1774 – 1840) arrived in the area in the early 1800s & the town was named after their family. Joseph Dickey (1796 – 1845) & Lovina (Taggart) Dickey (1801 – 1854) moved to the town from Washington County, New York in 1838. Joseph was a blacksmith & his shop turned into a meeting places for local discussions on politics & religion, as well as less pressing matters. Portersburg also had a school & saw mill. The town name later changed Pin Hook  & can be found by that name in the 1872 county atlas, but it wasn’t listed on the 1883 map. Many members of the Porter & Dickey families were buried in Blendon Central Cemetery on the north side of Dempsey Rd.

Renner – Norwich Township
Location: 39.982876, -83.165112
on Renner Rd at the intersection of Spindler Rd
Remnants: Saint James Lutheran Church & Cemetery at the intersection of Renner Rd & Hilliard Rome Rd
Description: The town was founded by German immigrants Johann Georg Renner (1802 – 1882) & Anna Renner (1804 – 1878) who had a 230 acre farm & several children. Saint James Lutheran Church congregation began in 1847. Foundation stones from the original log building are on the northwest corner of the cemetery. The current structure was built in 1872. There was also a school next to the church. Johann & Anna were buried with relatives & other German pioneers from the area in the cemetery. The older headstones were inscribed in German. That was the dominant language for the church until the 1890s when many of the early settlers grandchildren only spoke English.

Ridpath – Jackson Township
Post Office: 1892 – 1901
Location: 39.826735, -83.089813
on Zuber Rd at the intersection of Ridpath Rd
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: Farming was Ridpath’s main industry. It had a school, wagon shop, & a tile works in the 1870s. The town was never platted or incorporated. 

Scioto – Norwich Township
Location: 39.994794, -83.085962
Remnants: none known
on Traube Rd at the intersection of McKinley Ave
Description: Scioto Station was on the Big Four Railroad. A modern housing complex bearing the same name is on the east side of McKinley Ave south of the GPS coordinates.

Sharp – Hamilton Township
Location: 39.854529, -82.953468
on Reese Rd at the intersection of Bixby Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: none found

Shattucksburg – City Of Columbus (formerly in Perry Township)
Location: 40.053078, -83.049639
on Kenny Rd at the intersection of Henderson Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Simon Shattuck (1793 – 1875) from Massachusetts operated a general store in the southwest corner of the intersection & sold some lots on his farm for improvement around 1850. About half a dozen families moved to the area & took up residence there. The town was listed on the 1856 county map but didn’t make it into the 1872 county atlas.

Slate Run
Post Office: 1838 – 1844
Location: unknown
Description: The post office was along Slate Run on the west side of Columbus. 

Smileys Corners – Norwich Township
Post Office: 1852 – 1855
Location: 40.016630, -83.099242
on Dublin Rd along Millikim Creek at the bend between the railroad tracks & Smiley Rd
Remnants: Wesley Chapel & Cemetery north of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was founded by David Smiley (1786 – 1861) & Elizabeth (Latimer) Smiley (1791 – 1849). David was a justice of the peace & a farmer. The Smileys ran a general store, hotel, the post office, & had a few children. There was also a school just west of the GPS coordinates. David & Elizabeth were buried with relatives in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Their son David married Sarah Deems, a daughter of Thomas & Mary Deems. The present structure of Wesley Chapel was built in 1891.

Sullivants – Franklin Township
Location: 39.942476, -83.098340
on Sullivant Ave at the intersection of Ruffing Ln
Remnants: none known
Description: Michael Sullivant (1807 – 1879) was a son of the founders of Columbus (Franklinton) Lucas Sullivant (1765 – 1823) & Sarah (Starling) Sullivant (1781 – 1814). In the mid-1800s Michael platted much of what would later become the west side of Columbus. He was buried with relatives in Green Lawn Cemetery.

Waldeck – City Of Columbus (formerly in Clinton Township)
Location: 40.007111, -83.005183
on E Norwich Ave at the intersection of Waldeck Ave
Remnants: none known
Description: Waldeck only appeared on the 1856 county map & the origin of its name is unknown.

Wheatland
Post Office: 1858 – 1860
Location: 39.955545, -83.061823
on US 40 at the intersection of Wheatland Ave
Description: Prior to the arrival of the Central Ohio Lunatic (Insane) Asylum, wheat was grown in a great abundance on the west side of Columbus. Since the hospital facility was demolished in the 1990s, the Wheatland Farm organization at 116 N Wheatland Ave has been working on turning a portion of the former asylum back into viable crop land.   

Whittington
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Wildwood Springs – City Of Columbus (formerly in
Location: 40.079364, -82.916543
on Harvestwood Ln off of Strawberry Farms Blvd along Alum Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was named after a natural water spring near Alum Creek. It was on land owned by Daniel Turney (1772 – 1856) & Susannah (Ridenour) Turney (1783 – 1857). They were buried with relatives in Riverside Cemetery south of town on the east side of Sunbury Rd.

Wonderland – City Of Columbus (formerly in Jefferson Township & Mifflin Township)
Post Office: 1955 – 1974
Location: 40.002938, -82.870663
on Thruway Dr at the intersection of Jansen Ave on the east side of Big Walnut Creek
Remnants: Wonderland Community Church & former roads
Description: Wonderland was founded in the 1920s as a summer resort community. It was much like what was seen in Dirty Dancing with the exception of having a lake. Some of the houses were winterized & lived in year round. The property was sold to Port Columbus International Airport in the 1980s & the remaining residents were forced out. Wonderland Community Church was built in 1941 & was saved by its congregation. 

Zuber – Jackson Township
Post Office: 1894 – 1900
Location: 39.825413, -83.032583
on SR 665 (London Groveport Rd) at the intersection of SR 104 (Jackson Pike) along Plum Run
Remnants: none known
Description: Zuber was the name of the post office at Borrors Corners as its original town name was fading away

Fulton County Ohio Ghost Towns

Ackley Corners – Gorham Township (formerly Mill Creek Township, Williams County)
Location: 41.680708, -84.330302 
on US 127 (Meridian Rd) at the intersection of Township Rd S
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Calvin Ackley (1815 – 1906) from New York & Gertrude (Walker) Ackley (1817 – 1854) from New Jersey. They were married in 1837 & made the trip to Ohio that same year, originally settling in Fairfield County & moved to Fulton in 1840. Calvin & Gertrude had a few children & a 150 acre farm. Calvin was a farmer, postmaster,  justice of the peace, school board member, & a land agent for the Greenland Company which held deeds for several thousand acres in the area. The town also had a school & steam powered saw mill. Calvin remarried a few times after Gertrude passed away. They were buried with relatives in Pleasant View Union Cemetery on Maple St in Fayette.

Allston – Franklin Township
Post Office: 1854 – 1859
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Ambrose – Franklin Township
Post Office – 1890 – 1901
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Batdorf – York Township (formerly in Lucas County)
Post Office: 1888 – 1901
Location: 41.544286, -84.076307  
on County Rd E at the intersection of Co Rd 11
Remnants: Zion United Methodist Church & Cemetery south of the GPS coordinates on Co Rd 11
Description: The proprietors were John Batdorf (1816 – 1895) from Pennsylvania & Elizabeth (Morgan) Batdorf (1819 – 1896) from Virginia. They lived in Wayne County for a few years before moving to Fulton in 1842, had a large family, & donated land for a school. John & Elizabeth were buried with relatives in Zion Cemetery.

Beta – York Township (formerly in Henry County)
Post Office: 1857 – 1901
Location: 41.501245, -84.008754 
on SR 109 at the intersection of Township Rd B
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded by Alfred Gunn (1820 – 1881) & Emiline (Shaw) Gunn (1817 – 1864) who were both born in Massachusetts & moved to Ohio with their parents. They had several children & a 320 acre farm. Alfred was also the postmaster, county commissioner, & justice of the peace. Alfred remarried after Emaline passed away & had a few more children with Jane (Kempton) Gunn (1835 – 1909). The Gunns were buried with relatives in Raker Cemetery at the corner of County Rd 6-1 & Township Rd D in Swan Township.

Blanc – Franklin Township
Post Office: 1847 – 1865
Location: 41.622499, -84.342770 
on County Rd L at the intersection of Township Rd 25
Remnants: none known
Description: This small farming town was never platted. Reuben Mason was the postmaster for 11 years & Jabez Jones ran the office out of his house after that.

Chesterfield – Chesterfield Township
Post Office: 1837 – 1869
Location: 41.668511, -84.171804   
on US 20 at the intersection of County Rd 16
Remnants: Butler Cemetery on the west side of County Rd 16 south of the intersection
Description: It was founded in 1835 by Alfred Hough (1809 – 1888) who held many local elected offices. He was buried in Wauseon Union Cemetery on W Elm St in Wauseon. Harlow (1798 – 1881) & Mary Butler donated land for the cemetery where they were buried with relatives.

Cottrells Corners (Handy)  (Gorham) – Gorham Township (formerly Mill Creek Township, Williams County)
Post Office: 1837 – 1873
Location: 41.674379, -84.288374 
on US 20 at the intersection of Township Rd 22
Remnants: none known
Description: Cottrells Corners was founded by Gorham Cottrell Sr. (1780 – 1853) & Althea (Whitmarsh) Cottrell (1787 – 1867) who moved to Ohio from Massachusetts & had 7 children. They were the first settlers in the township, which was named after the family patriarch, & ran a successful farm. The town also had a school & church. Gorham & Althea were buried with relatives in Pleasant View Union Cemetery on Maple St in Fayette.

Emery (Chatfields Corners) – Dover Township
Post Office: 1846 – 1903
Location: 41.630490, -84.189954   
on Co Rd L at the intersection of Township Rd 17
Remnants: former one room schoolhouse on the north side of Co Rd L on private property east of the GPS coordinates
Description: The original proprietors were Lucius Chatfield (1807 – 1884) from Connecticut & Malinda (Rose) Chatfield (1807 – 1896) who met & married in Ohio & had a few children. They were buried with relatives in Ottokee Cemetery on Co Rd J between SR 108 & Township Rd 14. Eben French also lived in the area & made the first brick, tile, & pottery oven in the county.

Fluharts Corners – York & Clinton Township
Location: 41.573416, -84.114934 
on US Hwy 20A at the intersection of Co Rd 13
Remnants: Fluhart Cemetery on the east side of Co Rd 13 north of the intersection
Description: It was founded by Henry Fluhart in the early to mid-1800s. He passed away in Missouri but has some relatives buried in the cemetery.

Haller – York Township
Location: 41.561440, -84.056891 
on Township Rd 10 between US Hwy 20A & Co Rd F
Remnants: Swan Creek Church Of The Brethren on Township  Rd 10 at    the intersection of   Co Rd F, Berkebile Cemetery on the west side of Township Rd 10 between Co Rd F & County Rd E
Description: Haller was on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway & had a saw mill & tile works.

Lavona – York Township
Post Office: 1850 – 1864
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Lena – Clinton Township
Post Office: 1852 – 1866 & 1875 – 1876
Location: 41.514925, -84.172955 
on Township Rd 16 at the intersection of Co Rd C
Remnants: Lena Cemetery on the east side of Township Rd 16 north of the intersection
Description: This small farming town had a school & steam powered grist mill.

Leslie – Amboy Township
Post Office: 1892 – 1898
Location: 41.685927, -83.951816   
on County Rd 4-3 at the intersection of County Rd S along Tenmile Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: none found

Mill Creek – Gorham Township
Post Office: 1849 – 1863
Location: unknown, was in the southwest section of the township
Description: none found

Parchers Corners – Pike Township
Post Office: 1844 – 1857
Location: 41.603079, -84.023144   
on County Rd 8-1 at the intersection of Co Rd J
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Lyman Parcher who ran the first post office in the township. It also had a school.

Pelton – Swan Creek Township
Post Office: 1889 – 1901
Location: 41.509838, -83.941388 
on Township Rd 4 along Blue Creek between County Rd B & Township Rd C
Remnants: none known
Description: Pelton had a school & a general store that was built by the town founder Henry Remer Pelton (1858 – 1937).

Plattston – York Township
Post Office: 1887 – 1901
Location: 41.530024, -84.032729 
on County Rd D at the railroad crossing between SR 109 & Township Rd 9
Remnants: none known
Description: It had a general store, blacksmith shop, & school in the late 1800s to early 1900s.

Ritters (Ritters Station) – Gorham Township
Post Office: 1874 – 1912
Location: 41.702828, -84.269947 
on Township Rd 21 (Ritter – Lauber Rd) along Iron Creek between Township Rd T & the Michigan border
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Jacob Ritter (1824 – 1904) from Pennsylvania & Carloline (Hicker) Ritter (1827 – 1907) from New York. They had a few children & donated land for a train station on the Canada Southern Railway. Jacob was a carpenter, railroad tie inspector, train ticket agent, the town postmaster, & built a grocery store. Jacob & Caroline were buried with relatives in Oak Grove Cemetery on the west side of North St (SR 156) in Morenci, MI.

Siney – Fulton, Amboy, Pike, &  Royalton Township
Post Office: 1884 – 1901
Location: 41.656488, -83.996638 
on County Rd N at the intersection of Co Rd 7
Remnants: none known
Description: Siney had a general store & post office run by Chapman Smith, a steam saw mill nearby in Pike Township, & a Methodist Church on the Roayalton & Amboy Township border.

Townline – Amboy & Royalton Township
Location: 41.709773, -83.998556 
on Co Rd 7 at the intersection of SR 120 along Little Bear Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: It’s original log Methodist church was on the Royalton side & a frame structure was built in 1867 on the Amboy side. A cheese factory owned by James Santee (1834 – 1904) & Calista Santee (1837 – 1905) was the biggest business in town. They were buried with relatives in Lyons Cemetery on SR 120 (W Morenci St) in Lyons.

Thelma – Gorham Township
Post Office: 1897 – 1901
Location: 41.641935, -84.248514 
on Township Rd MN at the southern jog of Co Rd 20
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: The post office didn’t last long but it was a busy farming village in the late 1800s with a steam powered saw mill & school.

Treadway – Amboy & Richfield Township, Lucas County
Location: 41.712166, -83.880176 
on Township Rd U (Sylvania – Metamora Rd) at the intersection of N Fulton – Lucas Rd on the south side of Tenmile Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by the Treadway family who owned land on the Lucas County side. A school was on the Fulton County side in the late 1800s.

West Barre – York & Clinton Township
Post Office: 1851 – 1872
Location: 41.515360, -84.114861   
on Township Rd C at the 5 way intersection with Co Rd 13
Remnants: West Barre Cemetery on private property in the northeast lot of the intersection
Description: It was named after a tombstone company that was based in Barre, Vermont & had a distributing facility in the area. The town also had two churches, a general store, steam saw mill, blacksmith shop, grange hall, ashery, & a school.

Gallia County Ohio Ghost Towns

Angola – Clay Township
Post Office: 1890 – 1914
Location: 38.693873, -82.191225
on SR 7 (Ohio River Scenic Byway) at the 4-way intersection of Teens Run Rd & Old Dam 26 Rd (Township Hwy 650) along the Ohio River
Remnants: McLellon Cemetery on the north side of Teens Run Rd 1/4 mile west of the GPS coordinates, Clay Chapel Cemetery 1/2 mile north of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of SR 7 & Clay Chapel Rd (County Rd 96)
Description: Angola, along with the vast majority of Gallia County’s ghost towns, was a farming, livestock raising, & postal town. George H. Bashore (1863 – 1893) was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by one of his brothers, Jacob A. Bashore (1849 – 1912). They were both Freemasons & were buried with relatives & other residents in Clay Chapel Cemetery. The cemetery was officially established in 1853. McLellon Cemetery dates back to at least the 1820s. It was named after James McLellon (d. 1865) & Esther (Stone) McLellon (1810 – 1838) from Pennsylvania.

Boggs – Walnut Township
Post Office: 1880 – 1905
Location: 38.745775, -82.367555
on SR 775 at the intersection of Hannan Trace Rd along Sand Fork
Remnants: Bethesda Church a mile south of the GPS coordinates at the other intersection of SR 775 & Hannan Trace Rd, Bethesda Cemetery on the east side of SR 775 just north of the church, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: Boggs was a farming & livestock town. James Ansley Boggs (1843 – 1889) was the first postmaster. He served in the National Guard during the Civil War & was also a township treasurer. James married Matilda (Waugh) Boggs (1848 – 1937) in 1877 & had 5 children. His parents, James Boggs (1788 – 1869) & Mary (Williams) Boggs (1806 – 1888) were early pioneers in the county. Civil War veteran Stephen E. Niday (1841 – 1919) was the second postmaster. He married a sister of James, Elizabeth (Boggs) Niday (1847 – 1902). They had at least 9 children. The town had a couple more postmasters before it closed. Everyone mentioned in this listing was buried in Bethesda Cemetery. It was established in 1832 on land owned by the Williams family.

Bull Skin – Harrison Township
Post Office: 1836 – 1842
Location: unknown
Description: It was along Bullskin Creek with Cornelius Holley (b. 1794) from Virginia as the postmaster. The family surname is also spelled Hawley or Halley in some branches.

Chapmans Mills – Guyan Township
Post Office: 1872 – 1895
Location: 38.604202, -82.313324
on SR 218 at the intersection of Williams Creek Rd (County Rd 190) at the confluence of Indian Guyan Creek & Williams Creek
Remnants: Chapman Cemetery on private property on the north side of Williams Creek Rd about 3/4 of a mile west of the GPS coordinates, Good Hope United Baptist Church & Cemetery about 1/2 mile north of the GPS coordinates on Good Hope Rd
Description: The town was founded by county pioneers Archibald Chapman (1787 – 1870) from Montgomery County, Virginia & Elizabeth (Mills) Chapman (1787 – 1857) from Essex County, Massachusetts. They had a few children & the post office was established by the family’s second generation. Isaac Chapman (1812 – 1878) was the first postmaster. He was buried with relatives, including his parents, in Chapman Cemetery. Elijah F. Williams (1848 – 1917) was the last postmaster. He married Ellen Chapman (1854 – 1908) & was buried in Good Hope Cemetery. The church was established in 1895.

Charity – Morgan, Cheshire, Addison, & Springfield Township
Post Office: 1889 – 1904
Location: 38.940033, -82.223388
on White Oak Rd (County Rd 19) at the intersection of Nibert Rd (Township Hwy 325) along Little White Oak Creek
Remnants: Campaign Cemetery 1 & 1/2 miles south of the GPS coordinates on the north side of White Oak Rd, Wilt Cemtery on the north side of White Oak Rd west of Thaxton Rd, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: William Malaby (1831 – 1907) was the first proprietor & postmaster. He owned an 85 acre farm on Nibert Rd in Morgan Township at the Cheshire Township border & an 80 acre farm on White Oak Rd in Springfield Township at the Morgan Township border. William was married twice, had about a dozen children, & was buried with relatives in Campaign Cemetery in Addison Township. Civil War veteran David Wilt (1830 – 1906) was the next postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Wilt Cemetery in Morgan Township. Isaiah Thomas (1860 – 1957) was the last postmaster. He was laid to rest with relatives 4 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates in Poplar Ridge Cemetery on the southeast side of Poplar Church Rd in Cheshire Township. 

Chestnut Grove – Huntington Township
Post Office: 1870 – 1905
Location: 38.994372, -82.392184
on Keystone Rd (County Rd 143) at the intersection of Jones Rd
Remnants: Wilcox Cemetery at the end of Wilcox Cemetery Rd east off of Jones Rd about 1/2 mile north of the GPS coordinates
Description: The proprietors were Stephen Wilcox Jr. (1817 – 1885) from New York & Rebecca (Butler) Wilcox (1821 – 1898). They married on the 4th of July in 1840 & had at least 6 children. Stephen was the first postmaster & Rebecca took on the position after he passed away. William S. Welker (1851 – 1930) was the last postmaster. Everyone mentioned in this listing was buried with relatives in Mount Tabor Cemetery 4 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates on the south side of Mt Tabor Rd (County Rd 89).

Clemma – Ohio Township
Post Office: 1890 – 1907
Location: 38.630297, -82.199821
on Swan Creek Rd (County Rd 152) at the intersection of Horse Creek Rd (Township Hwy 862) along Swan Creek
Remnants: Liberty Chapel on the west side of Swan Creek Rd about 1/2 mile north of the GPS coordinates, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: Joab A. King was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by James F. Rose. The original Liberty Chapel was constructed in 1887 but was destroyed by a fire before its dedication ceremony. The congregation purchased a former one-room schoolhouse at the site of the present church & worshiped in that until the current structure was completed in 1913.

Creuzet – Guyan Township
Post Office: 1887 – 1905
Location: unknown
Description: It was in the western half of the township. Jacob Lindewood (1854 – 1929) was the first postmaster. He married Charinda (Swain) Lindewood (1856 – 1925) & moved to out of the state. Jacob & Charinda were buried with relatives in IOOF Cemetery on E Cole St in Du Quion in Perry County, Illinois. John Linderwood (1851 – 1914) was the second postmaster. He also moved to Illinois & was buried with relatives in IOOF Moweaqua Township Cemetery on Putnam Rd in Shelby County. Oscar Russell was the last postmaster.

Domino – Addison Township
Post Office: 1889 – 1901
Location: 38.917416, -82.202820
on Possum Trot Rd at the intersection of Blazer Rd (Township Hwy 311)
Remnants: Rife Cemetery 1 & 1/2 miles south of the GPS coordinates on Rife Cemetery Rd on the east side of Addison Pike
Description: The proprietors were Nathan Rife (1826 – 1911) & Elizabeth (Darst) Rife (1828 – 1901). They got married in 1849, had at least 8 children, & were laid to rest in Rife Cemetery.

Edna – Huntington Township
Post Office: 1884 – 1903
Location: 38.972515, -82.408472
on Coal Valley Rd (Co Rd 141) between Scott School Rd (County Rd 139) & Sherman Rd at the confluence of Keeton Run & Raccoon Creek
Remnants: Brush Cemetery 
about 4 miles south of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Mt Tabor Rd (County Rd 89) & Scott School Rd
Description: The town had a couple of local schools. Huntington Township School No. 8 was on the south side of Keeton Run on a long gone road & Huntington Township School No. 9 was on Sherman Rd north of Brush Cemetery. There was also a church at the cemetery. George W. Bodekin was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by George C. Hartsook (1842 – 1917). George married Sarah (Deckard) Hartsook (1840 – 1915) in 1861 & had a few children. They were buried with relatives in Brush Cemetery. The post office moved to the intersection at Brush Cemetery in 1901. Julius N. Deckard (1834 – 1917), a cousin of Sarah, was the last postmaster. He married Eliza (Price) Deckard (1840 – 1905), had at least 6 children, & was also buried in Brush Cemetery.  

Esop – Raccoon Township
Post Office: 1884 – 1905
Location: 38.929443, -82.412421
on Mt Carmel Rd at the 4-way intersection of Mt Tabor Rd & Corn Rd (Township Hwy 589)
Remnants: Ebenezer Church & Cemetery on Mt Carmel Rd just northwest of the intersection
Description: Evan L. Evans was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by Amos Deckard (1873 – 1962). Amos married Mary Jane (Sharp) Deckard (1876 – 1966) later moved to Franklin County & was buried there with relatives in Union Cemetery at the intersection of Olentangy River Rd & W Dodridge St.

Halley – Ohio Township
Post Office: 1892 – 1907
Location: 38.653036, -82.229441
on Bladen Rd (County Rd 170) at the intersection of Layne Rd (Township Hwy 860)
Remnants: old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: Thomas J. Halley (1854 – 1912) was the first postmaster. He married Lenora (Burnett) Halley (1853 – 1934) & was buried with relatives 3 & 1/2 miles west of the GPS coordinates in Mercerville (Old Mercerville) Cemetery on Mercerville Cemetery Rd. Hilas Russell Johnson (1842 – 1918) was the last postmaster. He married Caroline (Clark) Johnson (1842 – 1915), had at least 7 children, & was buried with relatives 3 & 1/2 miles north of the GPS coordinates in Providence Cemetery on the north side of Teens Run Rd in Clay Township.

Hilton – Harrison Township
Post Office: 1891 – 1912
Location: 38.731169, -82.285316
on Little Bullskin Rd at the intersection of Clay Lick Rd (Township Hwy 702)
Remnants: Macedonia Church & Cemetery on Clay Lick Rd about 1/4 mile west of the GPS coordinates, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: Hugh George Hardway (1869 – 1922) was the first postmaster. He married Mary (Shuler) Hardway in 1900. Hugh & Mary moved around the country a few times, had 5 children, & were buried with relatives in Des Moines Cemetery on 2nd St in Des Moines in Union County, New Mexico. John A. Calhoun (1867 – 1909) was the next postmaster. He was buried with relatives about 8 miles north of the GPS coordinates in Centenary Cemetery on Centenary Church Rd in Green Township. Owen Boster (1882 – 1969) was the last postmaster & was buried with relatives in Macedonia Cemetery.

Hollis – Harrison Township
Post Office: 1903 – 1912
Location: 38.720475, -82.324796
on Lincoln Pike (County Rd 20) at the intersection of Carter Rd (County Rd 20) along Claylick Run
Remnants: none known
Description: Civil War veteran Ansel Evan Kerns (1844 – 1913) was the proprietor & postmaster. He married Lurana (Thierry) Kerns (1850 – 1883) & had a few children. They were laid to rest with relatives in Dickey Chapel Cemetery 2 & 1/2 miles south of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Hannan Trace Rd & Elliott Rd (Township Rd 726).

Lincoln – Harrison Township
Post Office: 1862 – 1905
Location: 38.711010, -82.340321
on Lincoln Pike (County Rd 20) at the intersection of Hannan Trace Rd
Remnants: Lincoln Pike Chapel Cemetery about 1/3 of a mile north of the GPS coordinates on the north side of Boggs Rd (County Rd 122), old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: Lincoln was a farming town with a village surrounding the area at the GPS coordinates. Charles Stewart was the first postmaster. There were a few other postmasters over the decades, including Joseph B. Walter (1859 – 1952) who was the last. Despite having lost its post office, Lincoln made it onto the 1910 county map before fading into obscurity in the mid-1900s. Joseph was buried with relatives in Lincoln Pike Chapel Cemetery.

Mattie – Guyan Township
Post Office: 1892 – 1905
Location: 38.666644, -82.334670
on a long gone stretch of road east of New Sheets Cemetery which ran from north to south between current-day SR 790 & Johns Creek Rd
Remnants: New Sheets Cemetery (Sheets Cemetery #1) on New Sheets Cemetery Rd at the GPS coordinates
Description: Andrew Jackson Johnson (1835 – 1922) was the postmaster. He married Diana (Rankin) Johnson (1839 – 1874) & had at least 2 children. One of their daughters, Nancy (Johnson) Sheets, married Gory Jasper Sheets (1863 – 1939) & had 14 children. 6 of their sons served in World War I. Lewis M. Sheets (1847 – 1912) suceeded Andrew as postmaster. Lewis was a school teacher for 40 years & served as township recorder & accessor. He married Nancy (Drummond) Sheets (1850 – 1922) in 1863, had 9 children, & was buried with many relatives in New Sheets Cemetery. Andrew & Diana were buried with relatives in Mercerville (Old Mercerville Cemetery) about 5 miles east of New Sheets Cemetery.

McCormick – Green Township
Post Office: 1897 – 1912
Location: 38.834754, -82.283565
on Vanco Rd (County Rd 14) at the intersection of Centenary Rd (County Rd 10)
Remnants: none known
Description: The town had a church in the southeast corner of the intersection of SR 588 & Centenary Rd & was named after the McCormick family which owned around 1,000 acres of the land in the area in the mid to late 1800s. Melzar N. Magnet (1846 – 1935) was the first postmaster. He moved to Scioto County & was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery on Offnere St in Portsmouth. Carrie Belle (Mills) McCormick (1877 – 1975) was the next postmaster. She married Cyrus McCormick (1875 – 1955), had a few children, & moved to Delaware County where she was buried with relatives in Sunbury Memorial Park on West Cherry St. Mary A. Riggs was the last postmaster.

Moody – Harrison Township
Post Office: 1881 – 1907
Location: 38.706278, -82.303804
on Little Bullskin Rd between Carter Rd (County Rd 120) & Woodie Rd
Remnants: Mt Carmel Cemetery on private property on the north side of Little Bullskin Rd at the GPS coordinates
Description: Civil War veteran John Warren Irion (1843 – 1923) was the first postmaster. He was married twice, had several children, & was buried with relatives & other residents of Moody in Mt Carmel Cemetery. Cornelius C. Neal (1853 – 1935) was the second postmaster & was buried in Mt Carmel Cemetery. Erastus E. Clark (1872 – 1957) was the next postmaster. He was buried in Macedonia Cemetery about 2 & 1/2 miles north of the GPS coordinates on the north side of Clay Lick Rd (Township Hwy 702). Civil War veteran Phillip A. DeWitt (1844 – 1929) was the last postmaster & was also laid to rest in Mt Carmel Cemetery.

Obal – Huntington Township
Post Office: 1890 – 1905
Location: 38.962453, -82.374567
on Mt Tabor Rd (County Rd 89) at the intersection of Coal Valley Rd (Co Rd 141)
Remnants: Little Pearl Church & Mt Tabor Cemetery on the south side of Mt Tabor Rd about 3/4 of a mile southwest of the GPS coordinats, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: Obal had a school (Huntington Township No. 5) in the northwest corner of the intersection. The church at the cemetery was originally called Tabor & is presently called Little Pearl Church Of Old Regular Baptists. William Lewis (1835 – 1926) was the first postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Brush Cemetery about 2 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Mt Tabor Rd & Scott School Rd (County Rd 139). The last postmaster was Civil War veteran William A. Louks (1841 – 1908). He married Eunice (Jacobs) Louks (1846 – 1926), had several children, & was buried with relatives & other residents in Mt Tabor Cemetery. William was unfortunately killed by a skull fracture from a heavy branch that fell while he was chopping down trees on his farm along Raccoon Creek.  

Prospect Hill – Springfield Township
Location: 38.898852, -82.244401
on White Rd at the intersection of Prospect Church Rd (County Rd 31)
Remnants: Prospect Church & Cemetery on Prospect Church Rd about 1/4 mile northwest of the GPS coordinates
Description: Prospect Hill was named after the local hill’s summit which is over 900 feet. The cemetery behind the church dates back to the late 1800s.

Providence (Smiths) – Clay & Harrison Township
Post Office: 1904 – 1907
Location: 38.683251, -82.269973
on SR 218 at the intersection of Teens Run Rd at the confluence of Bullskin Creek & Rodlick Creek
Remnants: Providence Church & Cemetery on the north side of Teens Run Rd a mile east of the GPS coordinates, Smith Cemetery on the east side of SR 218 about 1/2 mile north of the GPS coordinates
Description: Providence grew around its Baptist church congregation which formed in the early 1820s. The area was originally called Smiths, named after a local family. The first church structure was built on land donated by William Smith (1786 – 1849) & Margaret (Wough) Smith (1794 – 1860) from Virginia. It was a log building near the GPS coordinates & was destroyed by a fire in 1826. A new wood frame church at the present site was completed in 1852 on land donated by the Clark family. It suffered the same fate as the first church in 1887. Construction of the current church structure began the following year & it was dedicated in October of 1890. William Curtis Clark (1874 – 1939) was the town’s postmaster. The office was in section 7 of Harrison Township on the east side of SR 218. William married Sarah (Carter) Clark (1876 – 1957) & had a couple of children. They were buried with relatives & other residents in Providence Cemetery. William & Margaret Smith were buried with relatives & other early residents in Smith Cemetery.

Rosebud
Location: unknown
Description: The only reference to Rosebud that could be found was an obscure listing in the 1920 book The Ohio River: Charts, Drawings, And Description Of Features Affecting Navigation at a distance of 282.1 miles below Pittsburgh.

Ruby – Harrison Township
Post Office: 1899 – 1905
Location: 38.678919, -82.333568
on Martt Rd between SR 790 & Elliott Rd (Township Rd 726)
Remnants: Martt Cemetery on private property the west side of Martt Rd about 1/3 mile south of the GPS coordinates on the Harrison & Guyan Township border, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: Rufus W. Houck (1875 – 1903) was the first postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Dickey Chapel Cemetery about 2 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Elliott Rd & Hannan Trace Rd. The Martt & Houck families were related by marriage.

Siloam – Perry Township
Post Office: 1912 – 1928
Location: 38.805705, -82.372677
on SR 141 at the intersection of Maple Grove Rd along Raccoon Creek
Remnants: old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: The post office moved north to Cora in 1922.

Tynrhos – Perry & Raccoon Township
Location: 38.853878, -82.412844
on Tyn Rhos Rd (Co Rd 46) between Cherry Ridge Rd & Centerpoint Rd
Remnants: Tyn Rhos Church & Cemetery at the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was founded by David Thomas & Jessie Dinah (Gray) Thomas who moved to the U.S. from Wales & settled in Gallia County in 1837. It was named after the farm David was born on in Wales, which is still in existence, & translates to “house on the moor”. David & Jessie donated land for the church & cemetery. The original log structure was completed in 1841 & was the first Welsh church in the state. It was replaced by the current wood frame building in 1850. The present church was restored in 1970 & has a historical marker with more info. A replica of the original log church is also at the site. The ghost town sits along the Welsh Scenic Byway, a 64 mile route through Gallia & Jackson County which highlights the heritage of the Welsh culture in southeast Ohio.

Wigner – Green Township
Post Office: 1885 – 1906
Location: 38.784903, -82.333234
on Northup Rd (County Rd 22) along Raccoon Creek between SR 775 & Ingleside Camp Rd (Township Hwy 398)
Remnants: none known
Description: James A. Smeltzer (1868 – 1945) was the proprietor & postmaster. He married Esta (Rader) Smeltzer (1875 – 1922) & was buried with many relatives in Mound Hill Cemetery on SR 141 in Gallipolis.

Geauga County Ohio Ghost Towns

Allens Corners (Allyn’s Corners) – Troy Township, Geauga County & Hiram Township, Portage County
Location: 41.345379, -81.143172
on Allyn Rd at the intersection of SR 700 (Welshfield Limaville Rd S)
Remnants: old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: The town was founded by brothers Watson Allyn (1824 – 1903) & Ozias Allyn (1814 – 1883). They donated land for the proposed Clinton Airline Railroad which was graded & had a track bed made for it, but the tracks were never laid. However, it became the location of the interurban C & W Electric Railroad in the late 1800s. 
There was a school (Hiram Township No. 5) on the west side of SR 700 between Allyn Rd & Winchell Rd on land donated by the Tilden family. Ozias served as the commissioner of Portage County from 1865 – 1868. The family surname is spelled as Allen in some branches. Watson & Ozias were buried with many relatives in Fairview Cemetery 3 miles south of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of SR 82 (Twinsburg Warren Rd) & Ryder Rd.

Baldwins Corners – Montville Township
Location: 41.607359, -81.072616
on Clay St (Co Rd 37) at the intersection of US 6
Remnants: none known
Description: The original proprietors were Noyes Baldwin (1801 – 1850) & Deborah (Spencer) Baldwin (1803 – 1897) who moved to Ohio from Connecticut & arrived in Montville Township in 1832. They had 4 children & one of their sons, Civil War veteran Captain Roland H. Baldwin (1827 – 1892) inherited the family’s homestead. He married Fannie (Hulbert) Baldwin (1829 – 1915). They also had 4 children & donated land for a school (Montville Township No. 4) on the east side of Clay St north of the GPS coordinates. A grange hall at the main intersection was on land owned by the Whitney family. The Baldwin family was laid to rest in Montville (Montville Center) Cemetery 1 & 1/2 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates on the west side of SR 528 (Madison Rd).

Beardsley – Huntsburg Township
Location: 41.548616, -81.071450
Clay St (Co Rd 37) at the intersection of Huntley Rd (Township Hwy 115)
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded by Enoch Beardsley (1801 – 1869) from Connecticut & Elizabeth (Smith) Beardsley (1805 – 1876) from New York. They had 5 children & Enoch served as justice of the peace in Huntsburg Township. A school was on the east side of Clay St just south of Chardon – Windsor Rd (Co Rd 13) on land donated by Ervin Beardsley (1827 – 1883) & Mary Jane (Carothers) Beardsley (1830 – 1908). There might be a cemetery in the woods on the north side of Huntley Rd next to a tower just west of Clay St. The cemetery was pinpointed on the 1857 county map & in the 1874 & 1900 county atlases. Everyone mentioned in this listing was buried in Huntsburg Township (Huntsburg Center) Cemetery about 2 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates on the south side of SR 322 (Mayfield Rd).

Beudale – Newbury Township
Location: 41.490108, -81.274913
on Fairmount Rd (Co Rd 16) at the intersection of Rockhaven Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: none found

Calm – Thompson Township
Post Office: 1890 – 1903
Location: 41.690419, -81.016406
on Thompson Rd (Co Rd 7) at the intersection of Sidley Rd
Remnants: former school in the southwest corner of the intersection
Description: The proprietors were Orrin L. Keener (1856 – 1892) & Eva (Wilson) Keener (1858 – 1939). Orrin was the first postmaster & Eva took on the position after he passed away. They got married in 1880, had a few children, & were buried with many relatives in Maple Grove Cemetery about 3 miles west of the GPS coordinates on the south side of Thompson Rd. The town’s former school is now a private residence. There was also a church on the west side of the school, but it has since been lost to time. The land was previously owned by Orrin’s parents & his mother’s family, the Baurs, prior to that.

Center Road – Claridon Township
Location: 41.561018, -81.144005
on Claridon Troy Rd at the intersection of the Maple Highlands Trail
Remnants: former railroad path
Description: Center Road was on the Pittsburgh & Western Railroad (later bought by the B & O) & had a flag stop (no station but trains would stop when signaled) on land owned by the Dimock family. The current Maple Highlands Trail in a 21 mile paved recreational path along the former railroad bed.

Chardon Centre (Chardon Center) – Chardon Township
Location: 41.604022, -81.242796
on Auburn Rd (Co Rd 4) at the intersection of Mentor Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was mostly a residential village & had a school (Chardon Township No. 4) on the west side of Mentor Rd northwest of the GPS coordinates on land donated by the Chase family.

Damon – Huntsburg Township, Geauga County & Windsor Township, Ashtabula 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 Munson (Woodard’s Corners) (Walters Corners) (Garlo) – Munson Township
Post Office: 1892 – 1899
Location: 41.532673, -81.193425
on SR 322 (Mayfield Rd) at the intersection of SR 44
Remnants: none known
Description: It’s unclear when the town was referred to as East Munson, but its first known name in the mid-1880s was Woodard’s Corners with Davis Woodard (1812 – 1873) from Vermont & Eliza (Stone) Woodard (1813 – 1889) as the proprietors. They got married in 1836, had 5 children, & were buried with relatives in Chardon Municipal Cemetery about 3 & 1/3 miles north of the GPS coordinates on the south side of Park Ave in Chardon. The town had a school (Munson Township No. 7) in the northwest lot of the main intersection which first appered in the 1874 county atlas. After that, it started going by the name of Walters Corners with several members of the Walters family owning land around the intersection. The largest lot was a 90 acre farm owned by Irwin Walters (1839 – 1938) & Hannah (McFarland) Walters (1841 – 1897) on the south side of the intersection. They were also laid to rest with relatives in Chardon Municipal Cemetery. The post office & town name was Garlo in the 1890s to early 1900s. Reuben A. Dayton (1856 – 1943) was the last known postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Maple Hill Cemetery 4 & 1/2 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Butternut Rd & Auburn Rd (Co Rd 4).

Fedo – Chardon & Kirtland Township
Post Office: 1897 – 1902
Location: 41.596090, -81.294398
on Kirtland Chardon Rd at the intersection of Wisner Rd along the Chagrin River
Remnants: none known
Description: Dwight L. Randall (1834 – 1907) was the proprietor & postmaster. He was buried in Chardon Municipal Cemetery 5 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates on the south side of Park Ave in Chardon.

Geauga Lake (Picnic Lake) (Giles Pond) (Pond Station) – Bainbridge Township
Post Office: 1857 – 1870 & later dates not listed
Location: 41.353941, -81.373337
on Depot Rd at the intersection of Geauga Lake Rd (Township Hwy 183)
Remnants: abandoned amusement park grounds, historical marker on the south side of the lake on the east side of SR 43 (N Aurora Rd) just south of the intersection of Moneta Ave
Description: Joel Giles settled in the area with his family in 1818 & a couple of his sons continued to live in the vicinity after he passed away. The arrival of the Great Western & Atlantic Railroad (later bought by the Erie Railroad) in 1856 led to the opening of a post office called Pond the following year, named after a small lake adjoining the Giles homestead. The pond & surrounding land was used as a picnic grounds by local residents for several decades prior to it officially opening for picnics & swimming in 1872 & was known as Giles Pond. Geauga Lake Park was established in 1887. It steadily grew with more amusement attractions over the next few decades & throughout the 1900s. The park was acquired by Six Flags in 2000 & the name changed to Six Flags Ohio. Cedar Fair (owners of Cedar Point) bought the amusement park & changed the name back to Geauga Lake in 2004. It only remained in operation for a few more years & closed in 2007.

Joint (Dow’s Corners) – Claridon & Huntsburg Township
Post Office: 1897 – 1904
Location: 41.562519, -81.100479
on Chardon – Windsor Rd (Co Rd 13) at the intersection of Kile Rd (Township Hwy 44)
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by brothers Burton Dow (1798 – 1889) & Thomas J. Dow (1812 – 1888) from Windham County, Connecticut. It was originally called Dow’s Corners. Thomas owned a steam-powered saw mill in the southwest lot of the intersection & there was a cheese factory in the southeast lot of the intersection on a farm owned by Ezekiel Buell (1805 – 1887) from Hartford County, Connecticut & Harriet (Dudley) Buell (1818 – 1897). A school (Claridon Township No. 3) was on the west side of Kile Rd north of the GPS coordinates on Burton’s farm. The post office was called Joint & the town also took on its name in the late 1800s to early 1900s. John M. Brown (b. 1857) was the postmaster. The Dow brothers & Buell family were laid to rest in East Claridon Cemetery 3 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates on the east side of SR 608 (Old State Rd).

Julia – Auburn Township, Geauga County & Mantua Township, Portage County
Post Office: 1893 – 1904
Location: 41.347502, -81.223844
on SR 44 (Ravenna Rd) at the intersection of Harner Rd along Black Brook
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were Adelbert D. May (1848 – 1907) & Lillian (Bidlake) May (1848 – 1930). Adelbert was the postmaster & the town had a steam-powered saw mill southeast of the GPS coordinates next to Black Brook. There was 2 local schools, Auburn Township No. 3 a mile north of the intersection on the north side of Bartholomew Rd & Mantua Township No. 2 about a mile south on the east side of SR 44. Adelbert & Lillian were buried with relatives 4 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates in Westlawn Cemetery on the north side of SR 82 (Twinsburg Warren Rd).

Kelloggs Corners (West Claridon) – Claridon Township
Location: 41.532068, -81.163385
on SR 322 (Mayfield Rd) at the intersection of Taylor Wells Rd
Remnants: West Claridon Cemetery on the east side of Aquilla Rd (Co Rd 5) south of SR 322
Description: It was founded by county pioneers Asahel Kellogg (1783 – 1843) & Amanda (Spencer) Porter (1785 – 1857) & Asahel’s brother Cotton Kellogg (1785 – 1865) & Betsey (Moses) Kellogg (1790 – 1854). They were all born in Hartford County, Connecticut & moved to Ohio in 1815 after the brothers purchased a large farm & built a saw mill the previous year. Asahel & Cotton also brought along their widowed mother, Lucy (Cotton) Kellogg (1747 – 1847). Both of the brothers had a few children & Amanda remarried after Asahel passed away. Asahel was a deacon in the local Congregational church & Cotton served as the first postmaster of the Claridon office. Church services & school were occasionally held at Cotton & Betsey’s house in the early days. The first school was constructed at the intersection on the Kellogg farm in 1821. In the mid-1800s a steam-powered cheese box factory, which first appeared on the 1857 county map, was built on the Kellogg farm on the west side of Taylor Wells Rd south of the GPS coordinates. The town likely had several school structures over the passing decades of the mid to late 1800s at the same spot of the intersection listed on the 1857 county map & 1874 & 1900 county atlases. The last structure was Claridon Township No. 2. Cotton & Betsey’s son, Cyrus A. Kellogg (1821 – 1900) inherited the family homestead & owned a general store in the southwest corner of the intersection. One of his heifers weighed in at a whopping 1,640 pounds & produced 1,098 pounds of dressed quarters. There was also a saw mill owned by the Wilmot family on the east side of Taylor Wells Rd north of the GPS coordinates listed in the 1874 county atlas. The town’s last proprietors were Charles Kellogg (1854 – 1946), a son of Cyrus, & Alice (Wilmot) Kellogg (1855 – 1923). They got married in 1876, had 3 children, & owned the Kellogg Stock Farm Company, continuing the family tradition of farming & livestock raising on the old homestead. Everyone mentioned in this listing was buried in Claridon Center Cemetery a mile east of the GPS coordinates on the north side of SR 322.

Little Ireland – Parkman Township
Location: 41.370569, -81.034972
on Farmington Rd at the intersection of Owen Rd (Township Hwy 219)
Remnants: none known
Description: Little Ireland was named after its pioneer residents of Irish descent in the early 1800s. Thomas Moore (1782 – 1837) & Mary (Donaldson) Moore (d. 1868) settled there in 1810. Mary’s brother James Donaldson (1787 – 1863) & Anna (Cummings) Donaldson (1791 – 1873) followed shortly after & another brother, Samuel Donaldson (1793 – 1848) arrived in 1815. Nathaniel Moore (1789 – 1861) also settled in Little Ireland that same year & married Anna (Evans) Moore in 1816. All of the men were War Of 1812 veterans. The town had a school on the north side of the intersection of Farmington Rd & Hobart Rd which was listed on the 1857 county map on land owned by the Moore family. It was replaced by a newer school (Parkman Township No. 6) on the east side of Hobart Rd south of Farmington Rd also on the Moore’s land. Everyone mentioned in this listing was laid to rest in Old Cemetery on the east side of Nelson Rd (Co Rd 2) about 1 & 3/4 miles west of the GPS coordinates. Little Ireland was mentioned in 1880 county history book as successive generations of Moore, Donaldson, & other formerly Irish families in the county carried on its name.

Munson Center (Mansfields Crossing) – Munson Township
Location: 41.536838, -81.243436
on Auburn Rd (Co Rd 4) at the intersection of Sherman Rd along the Chagrin River
Remnants: none known
Description: Munson Center was the original name of Mansfields Crossing. The town had a train station on the Cleveland & Eastern Electric Railroad in the late 1800s to early 1900s. It was an interurban line laid on the failed path of the proposed Painesville & Hudson Railroad of the 1850s. The station was on a 73 acre farm owned by Vivalda Mansfield (1845 – 1900) & Lucinda (Pelton) Mansfield (1842 – 1932) in the northeast lot of the intersection. Interurban lines in rural areas provided quick & reliable transportation for small farming communities whose residents previously had to travel by horse, foot, or making a journey to less accessible steam railroads. A school (Munson Township No. 3) was on the east side of Auburn Rd about 1/2 mile south of the GPS coordinates.  Vivalda & Lucinda were buried with relatives in Maple Hill Cemetery 2 & 1/2 miles south of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Auburn Rd & Butternut Rd.

Plank Road Corners – Montville Township
Post Office: dates not listed
Location: 41.593507, -81.051341
on SR 528 (Madison Rd) at the intersection of SR 86 (Plank Rd)
Remnants: none known
Description: Bushnell Austin (1805 – 1869) & Charlotte Austin (d. 1857) moved from Connecticut to Ohio & purchased a farm at the intersection in 1835. They constructed a stagecoach stop tavern around 1836 & a hotel after completion of plank road from Painesville to Warren in 1848. Bushnell had a couple of children & married Sally (Woodman) Dunham (1826 – 1907) after Charlotte passed away. George A. Wells (1821 – 1906) from Hartford County, Connecticut & Sarah (Underwood) Wells (1827 – 1905) got married in 1848 & owned a general store in the southeast lot of the intersection. George was the town’s postmaster. The family later moved out of the state & founded Wellsburg, Iowa. George & Sarah were buried with relatives in Rose Hill Cemetery on at the intersection of SR 14 & M Ave in Grundy Center in Grundy County, Iowa. Bushnell Austin was buried with relatives in Montville Center Cemetery about 1 & 1/4 miles north of the GPS coordinates. Plank Road Corners still had a school (Montville Township No. 3) on the west side of SR 528 south of the GPS coordinates in the late 1800s to early 1900s, but the the town had already fallen into obscurity.

Roots Corners (Andrews Grove) – Bainbridge Township
Location: 41.369471, -81.339043
on SR 306 (Chillicothe Rd) at the intersection of Taylor May Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The original proprietors were Robert Root (1799 – 1869) & Rhoda (Henry) Root (1798 – 1879) from Massachusetts. They got married in 1822, had 4 children, & donated land for a school on the west side of the intersection which first appeared on the 1857 county map. It was later replaced by a newer school, (Bainbridge Township No. 2) at the same location. Robert & Rhoda’s oldest son, Delos Root (1830 – 1911) inherited the family farm. Enoch Andrews (1784 – 1872) from New Haven County, Connecticut owned a cheese factory in the southeast lot of the intersection. There was also a steam-powered saw mill for making boxes for the cheese factory on the Root farm. The cheese factory was sold to the Hull family after Enoch passed away. Everyone mentioned in this listing was buried in Restland Cemetery about a mile north of the GPS coordinates on the east side of SR 306.

Sissons Corners (Eging Corners) – Hambden Township
Location: 41.576203, -81.131641
on SR 608 (Old State Rd) at the 4-way intersection of Claridon Troy Rd & Sisson Rd
Remnants: Sisson Cemetery on the south side of Claridon Troy Rd west of the GPS coordinates, historical marker in the cemetery
Description: The town was founded in 1822 by several members of the Sisson family from Hampden County, Massachusetts with Augustus Sisson (1766 – 1850) & Margaret (Stebbins) Sisson (1769 – 1834) as the patriarch & matriarch in Ohio. Augustus remarried after Margaret passed away & was buried with relatives in Willoughby Village Cemetery on Sharpe Ave in Willoughby, Lake County. There’s no gravestones left in Sisson Cemetery, but the historical marker has the know interments listed on it. A school was built on the north side of Claridon Troy Rd west of the cemetery on land owned by the Dimmick family which was pinpointed in the 1874 county atlas. It was replaced by a newer school (Hambden Township No. 2) on the north side of the intersection of Claridon Troy Rd & Chardon Windsor Rd in the late 1800s. By that time, the family of George Eging (1860 – 1939) & Franciska Eging (1867 – 1947) from Lake County was more prominent in the area & the town took on their name. George & Franciska were laid to rest with relatives in Hambden Township Cemetery 2 miles north of the GPS coordinates on the east side of SR 608.

Slab City (Gilmore Mills) – Burton Township
Location: 41.497755, -81.163840
on Butternut Rd at the intersection of Osmond Rd
Remnants: Pleasant Hill Cemetery on the south side of Butternut Rd about 3/4 of a mile west of the GPS coordinates
Description: Slab City was named after its abundance stacked sawed wood. James Gilmore (1788 – 1853) & Celia (Thompson) Gilmore (d. 1884) from Massachusetts got married in Vermont in 1817 & starting heading west. James built a saw & grist mill next to the creek on the west side of the GPS coordinates in the early 1820s. The grist mill was replaced by a new one in 1847 & a son of James & Celia, James T. Gilmore (1820 – 1896) & his wife Lucy (Crane) Gilmore (1830 – 1895) from New York inherited the family homestead. The mills were sold to the Alderman family in the late 1800s. There was also a cheese factory on the north side of Butternut Rd west of the intersection, a school (Burton Township No. 5) in the northeast lot of the intersection of Butternut Rd & Aquilla Rd (Co Rd 5), & a Methodist church on the south side of Butternut Rd across from the school. James & Celia had 8 children & were buried with relatives in Welton Cemetery about 3 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates on the north side of Goodwin St in Burton. James T. & Lucy moved to Lake County & were laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery on Main St in Painesville. Some other residents of Slab City were laid to rest in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Smithville – Parkman Township
Location: 41.354757, -81.058091
on Nelson Parkman Rd (Co Rd 2) at the intersection of Rutland Rd (Prentiss Rd)
Remnants: none known
Description: Seth Smith (1771 – 1855) & Mary (Marsh) Smith (1771 – 1835) made the journey to Ohio from Madison County, New York & settled in Parkman Township in 1819. 4 of their 7 sons also moved to the area. It was a typical small farming & livestock town & had a blacksmith shop & wagon shop pinpointed in the 1874 county atlas on the west side of Rutland Rd on land owned by Olive A. Upham (1841 – 1899). A school (Parkman Township No. 7) was on the south side of Soltis Rd about 1/2 a mile northwest of the intersection. A few generations of the Smith family kept the town going over the passing of the 1800s & it faded out of existence sometime around 1900. Seth & Mary Smith were buried with dozens of relatives 2 miles north of the GPS coordinates in Overlook Cemetery on the east side of SR 168 (Tavern Rd). Olive Upham was laid to rest in Park (Garrettsville Park) Cemetery at the intersection of Center St (Co Hwy 293) & Brosius Rd in Nelson Township, Portage County.

Spencer Corners – Claridon Township
Location: 41.540333, -81.179841
on Aquilla Rd (Co Rd 5) at the intersection of Spencer St
Remnants: former one-room schoolhouse in the southeast lot of the intersection, 
West Claridon Cemetery on the east side of Aquilla Rd (Co Rd 5) south of SR 322, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: Around the corner from Kelloggs Corners, Spencer Corners was founded by Colonel Erastus Spencer (1805 – 1884) & Julia (Kellogg) Spencer (1810 – 1891). Erastus served in the state militia & achieved the rank of colonel in 1833. He married Julia the following year & had 6 children. Erastus served as county sheriff from 1840 – 1844. 3 of the Spencer children tragically died of sickness at young ages within 10 days of each other in July of 1849. The Spencers donated the land for the school (Claridon Township No. 1), which is currently a private residence, & also owned a cheese factory on the west side of Aquilla Rd north of the GPS coordinates & a chair factory across the road. They were all pinpointed in the 1874 county atlas. Erastus & Julia were buried with relatives & local residents in West Claridon Cemetery.

Summit (Summit Siding) – Middlefield Township
Location: 41.448141, -81.051272
on SR 528 (Madison Rd) at the former railroad crossing between SR 87 (Kinsman Rd) & Adams Rd
Remnants: old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: Summit had a siding for loading & unloading on the P & W Railroad in the late 1800s to early 1900s.

Greene County Ohio Ghost Towns

Bryson – Xenia Township
Location: 39.716644, -83.934934
on Old Springfield Pike between Kinsey Rd & US 68 along the Little Miami Scenic Trail

Remnants: none known

Description: The town was founded by James Bryson (1815 – 1911) from Pennsylvania & Nancy (Bradfute) Bryson (1828 – 1908) who owned a couple of large farms, were horse breeders, & donated land for the track path & a train station on the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (Panhandle Route). They were buried with relatives in Woodland Cemetery on Dayton Ave in Xenia.

Caesars Creek (Cherry Grove) – New Jasper Township
Location:
39.679549, -83.78263
on Cherry Grove Rd between Old US 35 & Junkin Rd
Remnants: Caesar Creek (Cherry Grove) Cemetery at the GPS coordinates
Description: This small farming & pioneer town was founded in the early 1800s & had a saw mill. The Junkin family owned most of the land in the mid-1800s. Revolutionary War veteran Lancelot Junkin (1753 – 1833) & Martha (Galloway) Junkin (1752 – 1830) were the patriarch & matriarch of the family in Ohio & were buried with relatives in the cemetery.

Caesarsville – Caesarscreek Township
Location: 39.618907, -83.891154
on US 68 at the intersection of Ireland Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Founded in 1800 by War Of 1812 veteran Thomas Carneal (1786 – 1860) Caesarsville was intended to be the future seat of Greene County. The town had a courthouse with a tavern along with some other public buildings & a public water well. The courthouse was used as the first voting place in the county. Xenia was granted the county seat in 1803 & the hopes of Ceasarville becoming a large town quickly faded away. At its peak, it had about 12 cabins & 30 residents. Thomas Carneal went on to be one of the original land proprietors of Cincinnati & one of the founders of Covington, Kentucky. He was buried with relatives in Spring Grove Cemetery on Spring Grove Ave in Cincinnati.

Harper – Silvercreek Township
Location: 39.660797, -83.764031
on Quarry Rd along Caesars Creek at the former railroad crossing between Old US 35 & Cottonville Rd
Remnants: former school at the intersection of Old US 35 & Quarry Rd
Description: The proprietors were Robert Harper (1810 – 1881) & Sarah Harper (1824 – 1882) who moved to Ohio from Virginia & owned an 85 acre farm on west of Jamestown. Harper was a flag stop on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad in the late 1800s & had a school on land owned by the Meyers family. Robert & Sarah were buried with relatives in Woodland Cemetery on Dayton Ave in Xenia.

Huffersville (Kneisly Station) (Kniesleys) –  Bath Township
Post Office: 1830 – 1831
Location: 39.818266, -84.074267
on SR 4 at the intersection of Bath Rd along Mad River
Remnants: Bath Presbyterian Church & Cemetery on the east side of Bath Rd north of the GPS coordinates
Description: Abraham Huffer moved to Bath Township from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the first decade of the 1800s & was the town’s postmaster. Simon S. Huffer (1813 – 1894) inherited part of the original homestead, as did Daniel S. Huffer (1819 – 1886) & Rosanna (Dice) Huffer (1834 – 1912). The town grew to have around 20 residences lining Mad River & Bath Rd. It was a farming town with a grist mill, saw mill, & a paper mill.  Bath Presbyterian Church & Cemetery was on land owned by James Chambers (1735 – 1819) who was buried there. The first school, from the early to mid-1800s, was across the road from the cemetery & the second one, from the later 1800s, is now a private residence across from Kitridge Rd on the east side of Bath Rd. The area was also known as Kneislys Station. Daniel Kniesly (1823 – 1911) had a mill with a warehouse & train station across the river along the Mad River & Lake Erie Railroad in the early 1850s. The location was in the vicinity of the intersection of Bayou Rd & Symmes Rd in Wright – Patterson Air Force Base. In the early 1900s the town was called Kneisleys. Find A Grave has 3 interments listed in Huffersville Cemetery on private property in the northwest lot of the intersection at the GPS coordinates, but its unknown if there’s actually anything left of it. Simon Huffer was buried with relatives in Woodland Cemetery And Arboretum on Woodland Ave in Dayton, Montgomery County. Daniel Huffer was buried with relatives in Bellefontaine City Cemetery on E Brown Ave in Bellefontaine, Logan County.

Jayfield
Location: unknown
Description: It was on the Dayton & Wellston line of the B & O Railroad in the early 1900s.

Mechanicsville – Silvercreek Township
Location: 39.626090, -83.731009
on SR 72 at the 4-way intersection of Jasper Rd & Plymouth Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Jonah Thomas (1807 – 1872) & Elizabeth Thomas (1817 – 1910) were the earliest known proprietors & ran a general store on the south side of Jasper Rd between SR 72 & Jamestown Gunnersville Rd. William Blain Jr. (1808 – 1857) & Lucinda Blain (1818 – 1856) owned a blacksmith shop & wagon shop o
ver on the other side of SR 72 on the south side of Plymouth Rd. The town also had a school on the east side of Jamestown Gunnersville Rd about halfway between Jasper Rd & Carpenter Rd. Everyone mentioned in this listing was buried with relatives in Old Silvercreek Cemetery on S Sycamore St in Jamestown. Mechanicsville didn’t make it into the 1874 county atlas.

Mercers Station – Bath Township
Location: unknown
Description: The town was founded in 1796 by brothers Jonathan, Robert, & Edward Mercer (1769 – 1837) who moved to Ohio from Frederick County, Virginia & were the first settlers in the Greene County. The location of Mercers Station was in the vicinity of present-day Upper Valley Rd along the left bank of Mad River, approximately 1 & 1/2 miles southeast of the former location of Osborn. Edward was buried with relatives in Mercer Cemetery on the west side of SR 380 W Spring Valley Paintersville Rd & Peterson Rd in Spring Valley Township.

Old Chillicothe – Xenia Township
Location: 39.728693, -83.936845
on US 68 in Oldtown between the Little Miami River & Oldtown Creek
Remnants: a few historical markers for Old Chillicothe on the left side of the road at the GPS coordinates
Descpriton: Old Chillicothe was settled in 1774 along the Little Miami River and grew to be one of the Shawnee’s most important towns in the state. Chief Blackfish (1729 – 1779) was the leader of Old Chillicothe & Chief Tecumseh (1768 – 1813) was also raised there. It was abandoned in 1780 as George Rogers Clark (1752 – 1818) was heading up the Little Miami River toward the town with the Kentucky Militia while seeking retaliation for recent skirmishes south of the Ohio River.

Osborn – Bath Township
Post Office: 1855 – 1950
Location: 39.842184, -84.034997
on SR 235 at the intersection of Medway Rd (Osborn Rd) inside the gates of Wright -Patterson Air Force Base
Remnants: Cox Cemetery on the south side of Loop Rd east of the GPS coordinates
Description: 
Osborn was platted in 1851 by John Cox (1800 – 1882) & Samuel Stafford (1809 – 1897) about 1 & 1/2 miles northwest of Fairfield & was on the Mad River & Lake Erie Railroad. It was named after E. F. Osborn, the first railroad attendant, & flourished for 63 years partly due to taking on the railroad agreement that nearby Fairfield passed up. Osborn also had a grist mill, saw mill, & a distillery in its early years. In 1913 The Great Flood hit Dayton & the surrounding towns extremely hard. The Miami Conservancy District was formed to implement a flood project including several dams. Despite the fact that the area rarely flooded, Osborn was considered to be too close to the flood plain & the land was bought out by the Miami Conservancy District. The residents didn’t want to lose their town, so they moved it in a domino effect, people, buildings, & everything else closer to Fairfield. The Osborn Removal Company was formed & did much of the moving in the early 1920s. Just a few decades later in 1950, Osborn lost its name as it merged with Fairfield to create Fairborn. Some of the original buildings that were moved from Osborn can still be found today in Fairborn. John Cox was buried with relatives & early Osborn residents in Cox Cemetery & Samuel Stafford was buried with relatives in New Carlisle Cemetery at the intersection of SR 235 & Musselman Rd in Bethel Township, Clark County.

Pierces
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Silver Creek – Silvercreek Township
Location: unknown
Description: It was east of Jamestown.

Simms (Symmes) – Bath Township
Location: 39.808614, -84.074726
on Symmes Rd at the intersection of Prairie Rd in Wright – Patterson Air Force Base
Remnants: none known
Description: Simms had 2 train stations, one for passengers & another for freight, on the Bee Line of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, & Indianapolis Railway. The town was on land owned by Samuel Stafford (1809 – 1897) who helped plat Osborn.

Shoup’s Station – City Of Beavercreek (formerly in Beavercreek Township)
Location: 39.723256, -84.058099
on Old Mill Ln off of N Fairfield Rd
Remnants: Daytona Mills on the east side of the GPS coordinates
Description: Solomon Shoup (1788-1812) was born into a family of millers from Maryland. He constructed Daytona Mills in 1805 along Little Beaver Creek 2 miles west of Alpha on a disbanded section of Old Mill Lane off of N Fairfield Road. It started out as a flour mill & is now a popular hardware store. The rebuilt mill was originally on the south side of the creek & was moved to the north side in 1921. Shoup’s Station had a train station on the Dayton & Xenia Railroad with a general store & around 15 residents. Solomon was buried with many relatives in Mt. Zion Shoup Cemetery at the intersection of N Fairfield Rd Indian Ripple Rd.

Transylvania – Spring Valley Township
Post Office: 1829 – 1843
Location: 39.606026, -84.014931
on Cook Rd between SR 725 & Centerville Rd
Description: This early Ohio town started up as a small hamlet in 1803, the same year Ohio became a state. It’s considered to be the original location of current day Spring Valley. The first settler in the area was Jeffery Truman (1794 – 1851) who built & operated a local tavern & was the town’s first postmaster. He married Jane (Elam) Truman (1810 – 1894). Farming & making supplies for wagons passing along what was then the Xenia – Cincinnati Pike were the main sources of income for the other residents. Spring valley, which was laid out in 1845 by the Walton family along the east side of the Little Miami river, was larger & growing much faster with mills & a copper shop. The remaining residents that were in Transyvlania moved across the river before 1850. Later in 1850, Samuel T. Owens surveyed Transylvania for 3 heirs of local families. They built 10 lots on the southwest bend of the Little Miami river but failed to attract new residents & Transylvania became a mere memory. Jeffery & Jane Truman were buried with relatives in Elam Cemetery on private property down a long lane on the east side of Elam Rd about 3/4 of a mile north of Spring Valley Paintersville Rd.

Valley Mills
Location: unknown
Description: It was listed on the 1898 railroad map & on the Ohio map in the 1901 Cram Atlas between Spring Valley & Xenia on the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad.

Winchester (Babtown) – Caesarscreek Township
Location: 39.566696, -83.902757
on Old Winchester Trail between New Burlington Rd & Lewis Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was stated in volume 1 of the 1918 History Of Greene County when speaking of Winchester that “there is no town in the county with a more artistic and finely-planned set of streets. The town was platted with 72 in-lots & 16 out-lots in 1816 by Thomas Babb Jr. (1766 – 1858) & Margaret (Wilson) Babb (1767 – 1840) who moved to Ohio from Winchester in Frederick County, Virginia. Despite the pretty plat on paper, they didn’t end up making a serious attempt to sell the lots or grow the town in any way. Thomas & Margaret were buried with relatives in Babb Cemetery on private property on the west side of Old Winchester Trail north of Mill Rd.

Guernsey County Ohio Ghost Towns

Bond – Londonderry Township
Post Office: 1884 – 1902
Location: 40.118734, -81.256724   
on Skull Fork Rd (County Hwy 58) at the intersection of Bond Ln
Remnants: Bond Cemetery on the northwest side of Bond Ln just northeast of the intersection, McCoy Cemetery on McCoy Rd about 2 & 1/4 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was founded by a branch of the massive Bond family in the area who were mostly farmers & livestock dealers. It had a school in the northeast corner of the intersection of Skull Fork Rd & Tobacco Rd in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Joshua Bond (1788 – 1872) & Abigail (Murray) Bond (1790 – 1867) moved to Ohio from Maryland & had several children. They were buried with many relatives in McCoy Cemetery. Joshua’s brothers Charles Bond (1794 – 1875) & Larkin Bond (1791 – 1870) also settled in the area & had big families. They were buried with relatives in Bond Cemetery. Isaac E. Hall (1858 – 1912) was the first known postmaster & was also laid to rest in McCoy Cemetery. He was succeeded as postmaster by T. Cunningham.

Bridgewater – Oxford Township
Location: 40.053311, -81.325483 
on Bridgewater Rd at the intersection of SR 513
Remnants: none known
Description: Bridgewater was platted in 1834 by William Orr (1806 – 1860) & Elizabeth (Byers) Orr (1810 – 1889) who had several children & a nice farm. The Orrs moved to Illinois in the mid-1800s, but Bridgewater kept going with a school & small merchant shops into the early 1900s.

Cable – Center Township
Post Office: 1850 – 1853
Location: unknown
Description: It was founded by a branch of the Cable family in the county & was listed in the 1853 W. W. Reilly & Co.’s Ohio State Business Directory. Charles Swan (born c. 1821) from Virginia was the only known postmaster.

Clio – Jefferson Township
Post Office: 1882 – 1905
Location: 40.081182, -81.504563 
on R-25 in Salt Fork State Park
Remnants: Pleasant Hill Cemetery on Candy Rd
Description: The town had a school, grocery store, doctor, & a grist & saw mill built by the Armstrong family. John Armstrong & Susannah (Henderson) Armstrong (1788 – 1870) moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania in 1813 & became pioneers of the county. Their children & grandchildren continued with farming & milling in the area. Much of Clio’s land was submerged by Salt Fork Lake. What remained dry on the east side is now woods & a campsite. The Armstrongs were buried with relatives in Pleasant Hill Cemetery on the west side of the lake. Alexander Pattison (1843 – 1915) was the first postmaster & was also laid to rest in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. J. M. Armstrong was the last postmaster.

Divide – Washington Township
Post Office: 1890 – 1904
Location: 40.182918, -81.358242
on Titus Rd (County Rd 878) at the intersection of Lodge Rd
Remnants: Chestnut Hill United Brethren Church & Cemetery on the north side of the GPS coordinates
Description: It was a small farming & postal town. The church was constructed during the Civil War. John Dugan was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by John T. Daugherty (1852 – 1932) who was buried with relatives in Pleasant Hill Cemetery on Candy Rd. Elijah L. Bair (1853 – 1934) was the last postmaster & was also laid to rest in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Eldon (Spencer Station) – Millwood Township
Post Office: 1857 – 1920
Location: 39.963539, -81.272000 
on Eldon Rd at the former railroad track crossing south of SR 265 (Leatherwood Rd)
Remnants: Eldon Cemetery on the southeast side of Barker Rd about a 1/2 northeast of the intersection, Richland Cemetery & historical marker on Shannon Run Rd about a 1/2 mile north of the intersection
Description: Eldon was a variant name of Spencer Station which is still considered a populated area for census purposes. It had a train station on the B & O Railroad, a school, general store, row of houses, the Eldon Coal Company, a coal tipple, & a Quaker church. Residents were buried in Eldon & Richland Cemeteries.

Fish Basket – Cambridge Township
Location unknown 
Description: This fishing town 4 miles north of Cambridge along Wills Creed was run by a Native American chief named Doughty who lived in the area with his family in the late 1700s to early 1800s. Wills Creek was great for basket fishing & produced enough to support a decent sized village.

Frankfort (Frankford)(Smithtown) – Wills Township (formerly in Muskingum County)
Location: 40.022171, -81.366865 
on Frankfort Rd at the intersection of Putney Ridge Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The first town in the county, it was platted in 1805 by Joseph Smith 23 days before Old Washington & was a stopping point for tired travelers. Frankfort had a tavern, public square, a proposed courthouse & jail lot, & around a dozen cabins in its heyday. Joseph sold his lot & moved with his family in 1814. The town was considered vacated & stricken from future recordings by court order in 1846. A man named Cummings, who ventured through the area on foot in 1870, noted Frankfort’s continued existence in a diary & stated 8 – 10 cabins remained.

Miller – Liberty Township
Location: 40.100473, -81.562403 
on Leeper Rd at the intersection of Salt Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietor Robert Miller (1822 – 1877) was born in Canada & moved to Ohio with his parents who were of Irish descent. Robert was a farmer & built a saw mill along the Salt Fork of Wills Creek. The town also had a wagon shop, school, & salt works. Robert was buried with relatives in Old Kimbolton Cemetery in Kimbolton at the intersection of SR 541 & Cemetery St.

New Liberty – Liberty Township
Location: 39.946185, -81.554254   
on SR 821 (Marietta Rd)
Remnants: none known
Description: It was platted in 1815 by Richard Dickinson & appeared in the Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guide from 1837 – 1841.

Prohibition – Monroe Township
Post Office: 1884 – 1902
Location: unknown
Description: The town can be found in the 1888 Bridgman’s Atlas & 1901 Cram atlas. John Snyder was the first postmaster. Myra M. Snyder (born c. 1863) was the last postmaster.

Scotts – Center Township
Location: 40.014711, -81.533241 
on the former railroad path between US 40 & Reservoir Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded by Elza Scott (1819 – 1880) & Mary (Moore) Scott (1825 – 1895) who owned a coal company & salt works along the B & O Railroad. They were buried with relatives in Cambridge City Cemetery on S 11th St in Cambridge.

Skullfork – Londonderry Township
Post Office: 1887 – 1905
Location: 40.140087, -81.265396   
on Skull Fork Rd at the intersection of Glasgow Rd along Skull Fork
Remnants: Yankee Point Cemetery on private property about a 1/3 mile southwest of the GPS coordinates south of Beaver Rd
Description: Skullfork was just north of Bond & had a school. The town was listed in the 1888 Bridgman’s Atlas & 1901 Cram atlas. Issac N. Hunt Sr. (1823 – 1889) was the first postmaster. John W. Morton (1870 – 1946) was the second postmaster. He moved to Harrison County & was buried with relatives in Greenmont Cemetery on SR 800 (Cemetery Hill Rd) in Freeport.  John’s sister Etta L. (Morton) Rankin (1878 – 1944) was the last postmaster & was laid to rest with relatives in Scotch Covenanter Cemetery 3 & 1/2 miles northwest of the GPS coordinates on the west side of East St in Londonderry.

Sugartree (Sugar Tree Fork) – Jefferson Township
Post Office: 1867 – 1901
Location: 40.128094, -81.510053 
on R-4 in Salt Fork State Park
Remnants: McCleary Cemetery between R-4 & the lake, Kennedy (Salt Fork) Stone House north off of R-4 east of the GPS coordinates
Description: The McCleary family built a grist mill & saw mill along Sugar Tree Fork. The town also had a general store & school. Benjamin Kennedy (1814 – 1882) & Margaret (Orr) Kennedy (1818 – 1876) were the original owners of the Salt Fork Stone House which was completed around 1840. They were buried with relatives in Irish Ridge Cemetery at the intersection of Clary Rd & Broadhead Rd in Monroe Township. Some of the former town land is under Salt Fork Lake. Andrew McCleary (1834 – 1901) appears to have been the postmaster for the office’s entire existence. He was buried with relatives in McCleary Cemetery.
Kennedy Stone House Info – 
ksh.org

Toledoville – Wheeling Township
Location: 40.162293, -81.646512 
on the east side of SR 658 (Hopewell Rd) west of  SR 541 (Plainfield Rd)
Remnants: none known
Description: It was a small mining boom town on the Pennsylvania Railroad & was named after the Toledo Coal Company that was along the tracks.

Hamilton County Ohio Ghost Towns

Brachman – Anderson Township
Location: 39.086295, -84.378547
on SR 125 at the intersection of Brachman Ave
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by German immigrant & Cincinnati wine merchant Henry Brachmann (1805 – 1882). He served in the state senate from 1862 – 1864 & organized the Cincinnati, Georgetown, & Portsmouth Railroad which ran from 1877 – 1936. The track line started in Columbia (East End), passed through the southern end of Brachman Ave, & ended in Russellville in Brown County. It never reached the intended destination of Portsmouth due to financial struggles. Henry & his wife Rosalia Brachmann (1803 – 1871) from Indiana owned a 99 acre farm at the GPS coordinates & had a few children. They were buried with relatives in Spring Grove Cemetery on Spring Grove Ave in Cincinnati. 

Broadwell – Anderson Township
Location: 39.137092, -84.317683
on Broadwell Rd at the railroad crossing between Round Bottom Rd & Mt Carmel Rd
Remnants: Martin Family (Broadwell) Cemetery on the north side of Broadwell Rd about 1/4 of a mile northwest of the GPS coordinates inside the gated grounds of the Bway Corporation, Cyrus Broadwell House in the woods in the southeast corner of the intersection of Broadwell Rd & Mt Carmel Rd
Description: The original proprietors were Revolutionary War veteran Jacob Broadwell (1766 – 1836) & Jane (Williams) Broadwell (1769 – 1842). They moved to Ohio around 1799, had at least 5 children, & purchased a 200 acre farm on the east side of the GPS coordinates. Other members of the family also owned another 200 acre farm across from it on the north side of Broadwell Rd. One of Jacob & Jane’s sons, Cyrus Broadwell (1801 – 1879) from Anderson Township & his wife Virginia Broadwell (1808 – 1891) from Virginia, inherited the estate. They moved to the area shortly after 1840 when Cyrus retired from a successful boat business he ran with his brother Jacob in Cincinnati. 
The 11 room Greek Revival house on the property was built sometime between 1820 & 1850 & features 23 columns 12 feet tall that were carved from a single pine tree. It was listed on the National Register Of Historic Places in 1975 & was owned by the Broadwell family until 1907. The town had a school on the north side of Broadwell Rd next to Martin Family Cemetery. It also had a stop on the Cincinnati & Eastern Railroad (later the Norfolk & Western Railway) in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Although there are no markers for them, Jacob & Jane Broadwell are believed to be buried in Martin Family Cemetery. The oldest members of the Martin family believed to have been interred there are Joseph Martin Sr. (1764 – 1845) & Rebecca (Gerard) Martin from Pennsylvania, also currently without markers. Cyrus & Virginia Broadwell were laid to rest in Greenlawn Cemetery about 5 & 1/2 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates on US 50 in Milford, Clermont County. Permission is needed from the Bway Corporation to visit Martin Family Cemetery & the Broadwell House is privately owned without access to the public. The town faded into obscurity in the early 1900s as gravel & sand mining overtook the former farmland.

Bucktown (Buxton) – City Of Cincinnati
Location: 39.1050598, -84.5049427
on Eggleston Ave at the I-71 underpass
Remnants: none known
Description: Many former small towns, including Bucktown, Carrsville, Fulton, Pendleton, Rolling Ridge, Texas, Vernonville, & several others were annexed into Cincinnati as it grew throughout the 1800 & early 1900s. The same process was encountered while we researched other counties such as Franklin with Columbus & Cuyahoga with Cleveland. Absorbing smaller towns was simply necessary to create the major cities that turned Ohio into the state as we know it today. An interesting article on the subject was published by Cincinnati Magazine in 2017.
Magazine Article – https://www.cincinnatimagazine.com/citywiseblog/bucktown-vanceville-cincinnatis-lost-19th-century-neighborhoods/

Cedar Grove – City Of Cincinnati (formerly in Green Township)
Location: 39.119155, -84.580822
on Gilsey Ave at the intersection of Gellenbeck St
Remnants: none known
Description: Cedar Grove was the location of Mount St. Vincent Academy (St. Vincent de Paul), a boarding school for girls. A beautiful engraving of the grounds & buildings is next to page 300 of the 1881 county history book. The four-story main building was constructed in 1858. There was also a convent with an attached chapel. The chapel was built in 1875 & the convent was formerly a lavish mansion on a 33 acre farm called “The Cedars”. Back then, convents were usually self-sustained farms & Cedar Grove was no exception to that. It had a poultry yard, fruit orchard, pasture, bakery, & everything else it needed to feed the residents & generate some income.

Centretown (Tucker’s Station) – Village Of Woodlawn (formerly in Springfield Township)
Location: 39.248873, -84.466329
on Grandview Ave between Wayne Ave & the railroad tracks
Remnants: none known
Description: It was on the Cincinnati & Hamilton Railroad & was first spotted on the 1856 county map on a 253 acre farm owned by Manning R. Tucker (1801 – 1881) & Rebecca (Pearles) Tucker (1800 – 1870). Prior to that, the area was known as Tucker’s Station. However, station in this context doesn’t refer to railroads. In the days long before trains were invented, stations were fortified settlements specifically designed for protection from Native Americans. Residents would scurry into the fort at the first sign of trouble. In many unfortunate cases around the state, as mentioned in some of the 1800s & early 1900s county history books, residents didn’t always make their way inside the fort in time. Those that did had to successfully defend it or likely meet an an unnatural early demise. The plan for Tucker’s Station was organized by Manning’s parents, Henry Tucker (1760 – 1844) & Mary (McDaniels) Tucker (1760 – 1848) from New Jersey, & a few other families at Columbia in 1792 who wished to settle in & around what would later become section 4 of Springfield Township. Centretown appears to be a “paper town” though, platted but never came to fruition, & didn’t make it into the 1869 county atlas. It was within the present-day boundary of Woodlawn which was platted in 1876. Manning & Rebecca were laid to rest with relatives in Greenwood Cemetery on Greenwood Ave in Hamilton, Butler County.

Cilley – Whitewater Township
Location: 39.183118, -84.777555
on Kilby Rd along the railroad tracks at the 4-way intersection of Cilly Rd & Suspension Bridge Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It’s unclear exactly when Cilley was a town as it isn’t pinpointed as such on any of the historic maps we have access to. The proprietors were members of the Cilley family, dating back to War Of 1812 veteran Colonel Benjamin Cilley (1789 – 1851) from Rockingham County, New Hampshire & Martha (McCormick) Cilley (1806 – 1873). The Whitewater Canal was constructed through the area in 1836 – 1847, followed by the Whitewater Valley Railroad (later the Big Four). Benjamin & Martha had at least 5 children & were buried with relatives in Berea Cemetery 2 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates where Brotherhood Ave meets Adams St in Hooven.

Clough (Cluff) (Clough Valley) – Anderson Township
Location: 39.095987, -84.367870
on Clough Pike at the 4-way intersection of Corbly St & Hunley Rd
Remnants: Clark Stone House on the east side of Clough Pike just north of the intersection, Miller – Leuser Log House on the east side of Clough Pike 1/2 of a mile north of the GPS coordinates, former school south of the intersection on the east side of Clough Pike at the intersection of Goldengate Dr, Clough Baptist Church Cemetery on the west side of Bridges Rd about 1/3 of a mile south of the GPS coordinates
Description: 
This old hamlet had a post office called Cluff from 1882 – 1905. It was settled in the late 1790s & named after Revolutionary War veteran & surveyor Richard Clough Anderson (1750 – 1826). It doesn’t pop up on maps anymore & is considered to be in Newtown, although it’s probably closer to Mt. Washington. The Miller – Leuser Log House was constructed on land formerly owned by Revolutionary War Captain Matthew Jouitt, who was granted 600 acres of land for his service. One of his sons contacted Nathaniel Massie to sell the property after Matthew passed away in 1793. Ichabod Miller (1774 – 1839) & Sarah (Mercer) Miller (1767 – 1832) bought 400 acres of the land along Clough Creek in 1796. Their cabin at the intersection of Bartles Road & Clough Pike was built sometime around that year. It was occupied for over 170 years and changed ownership several times. Joseph & Matilda Leuser bought the property in 1907. Their newlywed son Lawrence Leuser (1889 – 1964) & his bride Emma (Kuntz) Leuser (1889 – 1969) moved into the house in 1910 & spent over 50 golden years together there. The Anderson Township Historical Society purchased it in 1971 and conducted the restoration. The outside lot has a historical marker with more information, an old barn, restored wagon, a GEM water well pump, & the original water well has been reconstructed too. Tours of the cabin are available on the first and third Sundays in June to October from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. & can be requested to be open for private tours & school trips. Its furnished with antiques & has been on the National Register Of Historic Places since 1974. As Anderson Township celebrates its 225th anniversary, the old buildings around Clough have enjoyed some extra attention recently, with more events like walking tours & additional indoor activities. The town’s last school was built in 1874 at the intersection of Clough Pike and Goldengate Dr. It’s currently Clough Crossings Restaurant & features some historical exhibits & memorabilia from the area. Just north of the intersection of Clough Pike and Hunley Rd, The Clark Stone House was constructed a few years after the Miller – Leuser Log House by Revolutionary War veteran & successful entrepreneur James Clark (1765 – 1852) & Savannah Clark (1765 – 1837). They moved to Ohio from Virginia & had 10 children. James was a justice of the peace & served in the state legislature. One of their sons, Orson, lived in the house until 1854 when he sold it Adam Leuser (1819 – 1905) & Juliana (Fink) Leuser (1825 – 1892), a couple of hopeful immigrants from Germany. Joseph Leuser, who bought the log cabin down the road, was one of their sons. Genevieve (Leuser) Messmer (1894 – 1978) & Joseph Messmer (1891 – 1984) inherited the stone house in 1923. Joseph was a florist & built a greenhouse next it. Three of the Messmer daughters sold the house to Anderson Township in 1995. A historical marker was placed in the front yard in September of 2018. As with the log cabin, it also has an old barn on the property & several other old objects of local & historical interest. The Greenfield Plant Farm next to the stone house at 6840 Clough Pike continues on with the land’s agricultural tradition & promotes its heritage. Many of the town’s residents & pioneers were buried in Clough Baptist Church Cemetery on Bridges Rd, right around the corner from Clough Pike. The gravestone of James and Savannah Clark is in the left side in the corner on top of the hill. More information on the town, church congregation, and former church building is displayed at the entrance. Ichabod & Sarah Miller were buried with relatives in Columbia Baptist Church Cemetery on Wilmer Avenue in Columbia -Tusculum. Most of the Leuser family was buried in Guardian Angels Cemetery on Salem Rd in Mt. Washington.

Columbia Park – Miami Township
Post Office: 1927 – 1957
Location: 39.120835, -84.804498
on the south side of Shawnee Park Lookout Rd on an abandoned stretch of road heading north off of Brower Rd
Remnants: former houses from the town moved to Brower Rd, foundations in the area where the town was, set of steps that led to a clubhouse
Columbia Park was a company town established in 1925 by Columbia Power Gas & Electric which owned the Miami Fort Power Plant. In the mid-1920s, access to the facility was much more difficult. Brower Rd hadn’t been constructed yet & a narrow dirt road led to the plant. As a result, Columbia Park was built for the workers. They paid low rent for nice accommodations, including the use of a large three-story clubhouse near the southern end of what was Columbia Rd, & had a short walk their jobs. The clubhouse also had rooms available for rent, a bowling alley, lounge, laundry, & a billiard room. Columbia Park also had a school & a community hall. In the mid-1950s, the projected cost of maintaining & renovating the rented houses was considered by the power company to be too expensive. They sent letters to the workers who lived in Columbia Park in 1856, basically telling them they had to find somewhere else to live & they were given ample time to do so. A few of the workers purchased their houses & moved them to Brower Rd. The rest of them were dismantled by the power company. 
The power plant is still in operation on the south side of Brower Rd & is currently owned by Duke Energy.

Dunlap’s Station (Fort Colerain) – Colerain Township
Location: 39.293190, -84.657642
on the west side of E Miami River Rd along the Great Miami River
Remnants: Heritage Park at the GPS coordinates, Hedges (Dunlap Station) Cemetery just northeast of the GPS coordinates at the end of an access road, stone historical marker near the park entrance
Description: John Dunlap from Colerain, Ireland established this fortified town in 1790. It was the first settlement in Hamilton County’s interior away from the Ohio River. 
The village consisted of 106 acres & the fort itself was 1 acre of enclosed land with 10 cabins housing around 30 residents, a rudimentary grist mill (hand-powered corn cracker), & 3 blockhouses. Some of the surnames of the residents were Birkit, Crum, Gibson, Hahn, & Larrison. Dunlap’s Station was about 17 miles from Cincinnati, which also made it vulnerable. A detachment of 13 American soldiers, including their commander Lieutenant Kingsbury, was sent to defend the settlement in 1791 during the Northwest Indian War. A surveying party of 4 men was attacked in the area on January 8th of that year, two days before an attempted Native American siege took place on Dunlap Station from January 10th – 11th. The attacking group were members of the confederated tribes of Shawnees, Miami (Myaami) , Lenapes (Delawares), Wyandots (Hurons), & Niswi – mishkodewin (Potawatomis). Their siege was unsuccessful & they left before a rescue party of 100 men from Columbia & Cincinnati arrived. Only a handful of American lives were lost during the conflict, including those from the surveying party who perished. One of them was reportedly buried at the spot where his body was found & the others in Hedges (Dunlap Station) Cemetery, although no markers for them exist. The fort was abandoned shortly after the attempted siege, mainly because the settlers didn’t have proper land claim titles & also in the fear of possible attacks in the future. The confirmed burials at the cemetery are residents who later resettled the area.  

Elizabeth
Location: unknown
Description: It was platted by Daniel Reeder in 1847. Most of the Reeder family settled in Sycamore Township which was previously part of Columbia Township. It was stated in the 1881 county history book that its writers couldn’t locate where the town was.

Elliston (Crestvue) – City Of Springdale (formerly in Springfield Township)
Post Office: 1889 – 1901
Location: 39.301386, -84.465570
on Princeton Pike between Crescentville Rd & I-275
Remnants: none known
Description: William F. Muchmore (1834 – 1874) platted Elliston in 1868 & named it after a Mr. Ellis who lived in the neighborhood. The town had a train station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad. Its plat just had 7 lots on the west side of the GPS coordinates lined Princeton Pike between Cresentville Rd & the railroad tracks. The town was renamed Crestvue after William passed away. He was buried with relatives in Laurel (Laurel IOOF) Cemetery on Roe St in Madisonville. The post office was also called Crestvue. Henry Duskey (1832 – 1896) was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by Edward C. Vettel (1868 – 1944). They were both
 laid to rest in Brookside (West Chester) Cemetery 4 & 1/2 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates in West Chester Township, Butler County.

Ervina (Irvina) – Delhi, Green, & Miami Township
Location: 39.124270, -84.689575
on Cleves Warsaw Pike at the intersection of Old Hillside Ave along Muddy Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: Ervina is quite a mystery. Its only cartographic appearance was on the 1856 county map. There are no mentions of the place in the county history books, or in any of our other research resources for that matter. Several Google keyword searches didn’t reveal any info either. The 1847 county map pinpointed a small cluster of houses around the intersection. There was also a school on the north side of Cleves Warsaw Pike just northwest of the GPS coordinates during the time period in question.

Five Mile, OH (Sweet Wine) (Sweetwine) – Anderson Township
Location: 39.053781, -84.374038
on Five Mile Rd between Markley Rd & US 52 along Fivemile Creek
Remnants: Five Mile Chapel & Cemetery on the south side of the GPS Coordinates
Description: Jacob Markely (1803 – 1879) & Emaline (Martin) Markley (1805 – 1870) donated land for Five Mile Chapel & Cemetery at 6977 Five Mile Road in Anderson Township. Jacob’s parents, John Markley (1769 – 1841) & Mary (Springer) Markley (1756 – 1837), spent time in Maryland, Pennsylvania, & Virginia before moving to Ohio. John constructed a saw mill next to Five Mile Creek & used the lumber it produced to build cabinets & flatboats. The boats were used to ship good from the area to towns on the Ohio & Mississippi rivers as far a New Orleans. Jacob & Emaline had 11 children & joined the family business. There was also a grist mill on the Markley farm & a school just east of the church. A post office & store owned by Jacob & Emaline is pinpointed on the Anderson Township map in the 1869 county atlas on the south side of the intersection of Five Mile Rd & Kellogg Rd. The office was called Sweet Wine & was in operation from 1858 – 1904. It was named after the flourishing grape & wine industry along the Ohio River in the mid to late 1800s, with the steep hills heading away from the river valley being perfect for terracing & grape production. The office moved around to the homes of its postmasters after the Markley store closed. They were John B. Crance, John M. Vogel, Simon Troy, & Bertha Bridges. The United Brethren congregation along Five Mile Creek built the church and officially established the cemetery in 1844. They used stones from the creek for the church construction with a limestone foundation & slate slab roof. Five Mile Chapel has undergone some remodeling. Its front doors originally faced John & Mary Markley’s graves. That changed when the bell tower was added in 1896 & the entrance moved to its base. Regular services ended in 1963 and it was added to the National Register Of Historic Places in 1978. The church & cemetery fell into disrepair for a while. Floods from the creek also damaged the building some over the years. It was adopted by the Five Mile Chapel Society who raised funds for repairs, maintenance, & upkeep. A creek wall was also constructed to prevent future flood damage. The cemetery is enclosed with a nice split log fence and has a historical marker for the Markley family. Events held at the church include an annual ice cream social & a Christmas gathering with carols & decoration making. The church also hosts around a dozen weddings every year and can seat 60 guests.

Fort Gass – Whitewater Township
Location: 39.2175560, -84.7857833
on the west side of Kilby Rd along the Whitewater River
Remnants: none known
Description: It’s unknown who built the fort & when it was in existence. However, the location was reportedly pinponted from early maps of the area & has been confirmed by the U.S. Geographical Survey. There are presently 34 known interments of the surname Gass in Hamilton County’s cemeteries listed on Find A Grave.

Foster Hill – Village Of Lincoln Heights (formerly in Springfield Township)
Location: 39.245070, -84.464263
on Wayne Ave at the intersection of Chester Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Foster Hill was just south of Centreville along the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad. It was established in the mid-1800s by Lieutenant Luke Foster (born c. 1769 – 1857) from New York who was a pioneer settler at Columbia. He was patriotically famous, at least in Hamilton County, for sending 100 bushels of corn to Fort Washington in what is now downtown Cincinnati during a struggling time of feeding its residents in 1789. The town had an academy & later a regular school on the south side of the GPS coordinates. A Baptist church was on the east side of Wayne Ave south of the school. Luke was tragically killed by a gravel train that was passing through his farm. His burial location is unknown.

Glenmore – Green Township
Location: 39.147666, -84.612948
on Glenmore Ave between Darwin Ave & Hildreth Ave
Remnants: none known
Description: It was on the Cincinnati & Westwood Railroad which was in existence from 1874 – 1924. Glenmore had a train station near the GPS coordinates & was last spotted on the Green Township map in the 1914 county atlas. The train tracks were removed prior to the 1950s.

Griffin’s Station – Springfield Township
Location: 39.204492, -84.474885
on SR 4 (Vine St) along Mill Creek between Hartwell & Carthage
Remnants: none known
Description: Griffin’s Station was founded by Revolutionary War veteran Lieutenant Daniel Griffin (died c. 1794) who purchased what would become section 7 of Springfield Township in  July of 1792. According to most historians, the settlement was likely established in fall of 1793. Some of the other initial residents were Daniel’s brother Robert, Jacob & Daniel Vorhis (Vorhees), James McCashen, Daniel Seward, Robert Caldwell & 2 of his sons, Samuel & James. Cabins were constructed on both sides of Mill Creek. James Caldwell bought 348 acres of the southern portion of section 7 from Daniel Griffin. The Caldwell family subsequently built a grist mill, saw mill, & a distillery. They were destroyed in a flood in 1806. The exact location of Griffin’s Station (Caldwell) Cemetery, which was southwest of the GPS coordinates, has since been lost to time. It was stated in the 1881 county history book that the cemetery had been plowed over & the gravestones were all gone. The last marker left was Richard Dill’s who built the first brick house in Cincinnati. 

Miamme
Location: unknown
Description: It was a Native American village in the mid-1700s near the mouth of the Little Miami River prior to the settlement of Columbia.

Montauk (Armstrong Mill) (Milford Station) – City Of Milford (formerly in Columbia Township)
Post Office: 1860 – 1861
Location: 39.170467, -84.299590
on US 50 (Wooster Pike) at the intersection of Ferry St
Remnants: former Baptist Church southeast of the GPS coordinates on the east side of Longworth St, old houses & business buildings in the area
Description: Nathaniel Armstrong (1749 – 1840) & Hannah (Norris) Armstrong (1743 – 1827) got married in 1769 in Maryland, had 11 children, & moved to Ohio in 1800 after living in Virginia for a couple of decades. Nathaniel built a grist mill which produced well-known flour & corn meal. Originally called Armstrong Mill, the town was platted in 1840 as 
Monatuk, to match the brand name of the flour, in anticipation of the arrival of the Little Miami Railroad. By the late 1860s, Montauk had a train station, the Baptist Church, a school, saw mill, saloon, blacksmith, & a small seminary. Descendants of Nathaniel & Hannah kept the mill in operation. The heyday of the 1880s increased the number of saloons to 3. Its sawmill turned into a busy lumber yard & planing mill. There was also a coal & lime yard & the old blacksmith shop was replaced with an updated wagon shop. Montauk didn’t grow nearly as fast as its rival on the other side of the Little Miami River though. It was annexed into Milford prior to 1900. By then, the Little Miami Railroad was purchased by the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad & what used to be Montauk went by the name of Milford Station. The former railroad track bed is now the Little Miami Scenic Trail, a 78 mile long paved recreational path extending from Anderson Township to Springfield in Clark County. Nathaniel & Hannah Armstrong were laid to rest with relatives in Armstrong Chapel Cemetery 3 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Indian Hill Rd & Drake Rd. They donated the land for the church in 1830. Its brick structure was built in 1831 & was listed on the National Register Of Historic Places in 1975. A much larger church at the opposite corner of the intersection, sparing the historic building, was completed in 2010. Other descendants of the massive Armstrong family, including many who lived in Montauk, can be found interred in Flag Spring Cemetery on Roundbottom Rd in Newtown & Greenlawn Cemetery on US 50 in Milford, both in Clermont County. 

Moscow – Delhi Township
Location: unknown
Description: Moscow was home to a glass works owned by Messrs. Pugh & Teater prior to 1826, the first recorded industry of its kind in Hamilton County. The town was long gone before publication of the 1881 county history book. 

Mount Weller – Sycamore Township
Location: unknown
Description: The proprietors were from a branch of the Weller family which was also considered to be the founding family of Montgomery. Mount Weller was listed in The Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guide books from 1837 – 1841 as a platted town, but it didn’t make it onto the 1847 county map. We couldn’t confirm the location as being on present-day Weller Rd.  
 

Pleasant Valley – Anderson Township
Post Office: 1878 – 1884
Location: unknown
Description: Olive L. Heltman (1861 – 1932) was the postmaster when the office was discontinued. She moved to Cincinnati & later Montgomery County. Heltman was her married surname. Olive was buried with relatives in Mount Zion Shoup Cemetery on at the intersection of Indian Ripple Rd & Fairfield Rd in Beavercreek, Greene County.

Pleasant Valley Station – Springfield Township
Location: 39.248020 -84.470732
on SR 4 (Springfield Pike) at the intersection of Grove Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: This fortified town was established in the spring of 1794 by the same builders of Tucker’s Station as extra protection & for a sort of layover point for settlers heading further west. Lieutenant Luke Foster (born c. 1769 – 1857) lived in Pleasant Valley Station before purchasing his farm where the town of Foster Hill later sprang up. Neither of the stations ever had any conflicts with local Native Americans.

Salem – Anderson Township
Post Office: 1830 – 1846
Location: 39.075419 -84.391975
Remnants: Salem United Methodist Church & Cemetery in the southeast corner of the intersection, historical marker in front of the church, former one-room schoolhouse on the east side of the church
Description: The town was founded by Revolutionary War veteran Reverend Francis McCormick (1764 – 1836) from Virginia & 
Rebecca (Easton) McCormick (1767 – 1840). They moved to the area after Francis organized the first Methodist church in Ohio & in the Northwest Territory at Milford, Clermont County in 1805. Services in Salem were originally held in the McCormick home until a log church was built in 1810 on land donated by the McCormick family. It was also the town’s school & was replaced by a brick structure in 1828. The present wood frame church was constructed in 1863. It’s still in operation under the name of Salem Community Church. The former one-room schoolhouse (Anderson Township No. 5) next to the church was partially built with bricks from the 1828 church & is currently a preschool. The town’s post office was called Mears Farm. Thomas Mears (1787 – 1858) from England married Mary (McCormick) Mears (1796 – 1858), a daughter of Francis & Rebecca. They inherited most of the McCormick estate & one of their sons, Isaac Mears, was the first postmaster. The succeeding postmasters were Southwell Royes, Edwin A. Atlee, & John F. Stall. Francis & Rebecca, along with Thomas & Mary, were laid to rest with relatives & other pioneers from the area in Salem (Salem Methodist Episcopal) Cemetery. The town was never abandoned but lost its status of being one as it was absorbed by Mt. Washington.

Shaker Village (White Water Village) (Whitewater) – Crosby Township
Location: 39.293185, -84.740633
on Oxford Rd along Dry Fork Creek between Race Land Rd & New Haven
Remnants: former village office, residences, & farm buildings on both sides of Oxford Rd at the GPS coordinates, Shaker (Shaker Town) Cemetery on the west side of Oxford Rd about 1/4 of a mile south of the GPS coordinates, stone historical marker in the cemetery
Description: It was established in 1823 by a group of 18 members of the United Society Of Believers (also known a Shakers) who moved to Crosby Township from New Lebanon, Montgomery County. The village increased with 40 more members in 1824. Brick and wood frame houses were quickly raised to accommodate them & more land was purchases as needed. A group of 70 Second Adventists from Cincinnati doubled the size of the areas Shaker society in 1846. The number of members rose & fell many times throughout the rest of the 1800s. Its society split into 3 villages. The upper village on Oxford Rd just south of the township border was the location of the church. The lower village had the society office, which still stands on the northwest side of the GPS coordinates, a blacksmith shop, carpenter shop, & a sorghum mill. Their land kept growing & reached a peak of 1300 acres in the mid-1890s with about 60 members. From then on, the number of members dwindled & the town was eventually disbanded. The buildings they left behind are impressive looking, to say the least, & almost seem to pop out of nowhere from the rural landscape along that stretch of Oxford Rd. Burials in the cemetery date from 1827 – 1916. The Shaker Trace Trail is an 8 mile paved recreational path which loops around the site. Parking is available in the Miami Whitewater Forest lot on Harbor Ridge Dr off of Mt Hope Rd on the south side of New Haven about 3 miles south of the GPS coordinates.
Trail Info – https://www.traillink.com/trail/shaker-trace-trail/

Simonsons – Harrison Township (formerly in Crosby Township)
Location: 39.235228, -84.783221
on Kilby Rd at the intersection of Campbell Rd
Remnants: Roudebush Farm on the west side of Kilby Rd just north of the GPS coordinates, former one-room schoolhouse in the northwest corner of the intersection
Description: The town was founded by the Simonson family in the county who owned most of the land surrounding the GPS coordinates in the 1800s. Its former school in the northwest corner of the intersection is currently a private residence. We haven’t been able to find its construction date, but there was already a school at the location when the 1847 county map was published. Hamman H. Roudebush (1830 – 1914) from Pennsylvania & Emaline (Simonson) Roudebush (1841 – 1914) purchased a 68 acre farm from Emaline’s family in the late 1850s & built a small frame house. With the success of the farm, the house was extensively expanded with a brick structure & renovated in 1870 – 1875. The farm, including 9 acres containing the house, barn, & school, was listed on the National Register Of Historic Places in 1976. The Simonson family donated land for a train station on the Whitewater Valley Railroad (later bought by the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad, also known as the Big Four) just west of the GPS coordinates on the south side of Campbell Rd. The Simonson & Roudebush families were laid to rest with many relatives in Glen Haven Cemetery about 3 miles northwest of town on New Biddinger Rd in the City Of Harrison.

Snyder – Colerain Township
Post Office: 1891 – 1904
Location: 39.226734, -84.642792
on Springdale Rd at the intersection of Thompson Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Its proprietor, John Brunswick Hess (1849 – 1903), was born at sea on a ship called”Brunswick” while his parents were immigrating to the U.S. from Germany. John owned a tavern in the northeast corner of the intersection & was the town’s postmaster. His first wife, Christina (VonStein) Hess (1871 – 1895), passed away about a week after the birth of their only child. John remarried to one of her sisters, Amelia (VonStein) Hess (1868 – 1925), & had 2 more children. They were all buried with relatives in Spring Grove Cemetery on Spring Grove Ave in Cincinnati.

Hancock County Ohio Ghost Towns

Alba – Liberty Township
Post Office: 1857 – 1864
Location: 41.058723, -83.708044
on US 224 at the intersection of Co Rd 139
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were Samuel Renninger (1816 – 1892) from Cumberland County, Pennsylvania & Elizabeth Renninger (1822 – 1873) with Samuel being the postmaster. They moved to Findlay in 1863 & operated a hotel called the American House. Samuel chose John M. Moorhead (1836 – 1909) to take over the postmaster position, but John signed up with the Ohio Volunteer Infantry & joined the Civil War effort in 1864. The town had a school in the southwest corner of the intersection & a blacksmith shop on the south side of US 224 west of the GPS coordinates owned by the Metzler family. Samuel & Elizabeth had 2 children & were buried with relatives in Maple Grove Cemetery on SR 12 (W Main Cross St) in Findlay. John Moorhead survived the war & was also laid to rest with relatives in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Ashery – Amanda Township
Post Office: 1842 – 1858
Location: 40.985012, -83.527661
on Co Rd 173 along Stahl Ditch between Trail 190 (Township Rd 190) & Co Rd 193
Remnants: Van Horn Cemetery on Trail 190 at the intersection of Co Rd 169 a mile southwest of the GPS coordinates
Description: It was founded by Joseph Twining (1800 – 1859) & Mary (Livezy) Twining (1800 – 1877) who moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania & had a couple of children. Their son Joseph Twining Jr. (1834 – 1863) died from wounds received during battle in the Civil War. Joseph Sr. was the postmaster & a justice of the peace in Amanda Township. The Sandusky, Dayton, & Cincinnati Railroad rolled through the area not far northeast of town, but Ashery didn’t get a train station or an increase in residents from its existence. The tracks have since been removed & the former path can be seen on satellite maps. Joseph, Mary, & Joseph Jr. were buried with relatives in Van Horn Cemetery. There was a church at the cemetery & a blacksmith shop & school were on land owned by the Renshler family between the cemetery & Blanchard River. Almon Cone (1826 – 1903) from Oneida County, New York & Margaret (Long) Cone (1827 – 1892) owned a saw mill on the east side of Trail 190 south of the cemetery & were also buried there with relatives.

Beagle – Jackson Township
Post Office: 1894 – 1904
Location: 40.935636, -83.642473
on Co Rd 26 at the railroad crossing between US 68 & Township Rd 179
Remnants: Eagle Creek Church 1 mile east of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Co Rd 26 & Township Rd 179
Description: Beagle was a small farming town with a train station on the Toledo & Ohio Central Railroad. George T. Beagle (1849 – 1910) was the station attendant & postmaster. He also owned the Gay Hotel in Arlington. George was married twice, had several children, & was buried with relatives in Frontiers Repose (Houcktown) Cemetery on the east side of Co Rd 8 between Co Rd 26 & Jackson Township 37. Eagle Creek Church was constructed in the late 1860s & served the residents of Beagle. 

Big Lick – Biglick Township
Post Office: 1851 – 1865
Location: 41.034334, -83.460588
on Co Rd 7 between Trail 258 (Township Hwy 258) & Co Rd 264
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded by Andrew Jackson Moore (1827 – 1897) from Beaver County, Pennsylvania & Nancy (Moore) Moore (1833 – 1915) from Ashland County, Ohio. After digging deeper into the genealogical records, their same last names appear to just be a coincidence. Andrew was the postmaster, a justice of the peace for 3 years, township school director, & held a few other public positions. The town itself didn’t have any notable businesses or buildings. Andrew & Nancy had 6 children & were buried with relatives in Union Cemetery north of the GPS coordinates on US 224 at the intersection of Trail 276 (Township Hwy 276).

Blanchard Bridge – Amanda Township
Post Office: 1840 – 1862
Location: 40.939552, -83.544073
on Co Rd 26 at the intersection of Trail 190 (Township Rd 190) along Blanchard River
Remnants: Siddall Cemetery on the west side of Trail 190 about a mile south of the GPS coordinates
Description: The proprietor Aquilla Gilbert (1803 – 1892) from York County, Pennsylvania was a justice of the peace, school teacher, served 2 terms as county commissioner, & was the postmaster. Aquilla was married 3 times & had 6 children & 4 stepchildren. He was buried with relatives in Van Horn Cemetery on Trail 190 at the intersection of Co Rd 169 north of town. Many residents were also buried in Siddall Cemetery which was established on land owned by the Siddall (Suddall) family. A grist mill owned by the Misamore family, where Trail 166 (Township Hwy 166) crossed Blanchard River north of the GPS coordinates, provided grain for residents of Ashery & Blanchard Bridge.

Cannonsburg (Cannonsburgh) – Union Township
Post Office: 1840 – 1902
Location: 40.914730, -83.784997
on Co Rd 12 at the intersection of Township Rd 34 along Ottawa Creek
Remnants: Cannonsburg Cemetery the north side on Co Rd 24 west of Co Rd 12
Description: It was platted with 36 lots in 1839 by Benjamin Marshall (1791 – 1862), William McConnell (1799 – 1861), Franklin Ballard, & James C. Marshall. At its peak the town had a general store, 2 grocery stores, 2 blacksmith shops, a hardware store, 2 churches, a hotel, wagon shop, doctor, & about 75 residents. The post office was called Cannonsburgh until 1894. Unfortunately, the town didn’t have a railroad or navigable waterway to attract a larger population & it fell off of maps in the early 1900s. Most of the residents were buried in Cannonsburg Cemetery.

Capernaum – Amanda Township
Location: 40.991008, -83.462507
on Trail 175 (Township Rd 175) between SR 568 & SR 330
Remnants: abandoned house & barn in the southeast lot of the GPS coordinates
Description: Abraham Huff arrived in Amanda Township in 1825. He platted Capernaum in 1831 with 16 lots & named after the biblical city. None of the lots ever sold & the town was removed from county recording in 1862. However, the improved farms surrounding the plat remained. As with many former town sites in rural areas, most of the current residences on Trail 175 are in the exact same spots as they were when Capernaum existed & can be pinpointed on the old county maps. The mentioned abandoned house & barn near the GPS coordinates was owned by the Mull (Moll) family. Another outbuilding or two along the road might also date back to the Capernaum days.

Cass – Cass Township
Post Office: 1837 – 1867
Location: 41.149663, -83.568760
on SR 613 at the intersection of Co Rd 18
Remnants: Ark (Vickers) Cemetery 3 & 1/2 miles east of the GPS coordinates on the west side Township Rd 243 just south of SR 613
Description: It was founded by Daniel Fairchild (1790 – 1849) who was the first postmaster in the township. He also served as a school teacher, justice of the peace, & county commissioner for one term. Daniel was married & had a few children. James Vickers (1794 – 1867) & Sarah Vickers (1796 – 1881) built a saw mill in the late 1830s in the northeast lot of the intersection. They purchased the Fairchild farm & James took over the postmaster position until he passed away. There was also a Methodist Church on the Vickers farm in the northwest corner of the intersection. The original wood frame structure was constructed in 1844. It was replaced with a brick church in 1871. The town’s last school was on the north side of SR 618 east of the GPS coordinates. James, Sarah, & Daniel Fairchild were buried with relatives in Vickers Cemetery along with other early pioneers & residents.

Clements (Clement) (Swank) – Eagle & Jackson Township
Post Office: 1845 – 1866 & 1882 – 1884
Location: 40.957598, -83.650563
on US 68 at the intersection of Trail 40 (Township Hwy 40)
Remnants: Pleasant Grove United Brethren Church at the intersection of Co Rd 40 & Co Rd 75 next to Eagle Creek, Ellis Cemetery on the north side of Trail 40 east of the GPS coordinates, Bishop Cemetery on the west side of Trail 74 about 1 & 1/2 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates
Description: The original proprietors were Amos Crum (1803 – 1854) & Rebecca (Strouse) Crum Riggle (1810 – 1862) who arrived in the area in 1833 & had a few children. Amos was the first postmaster. Rebecca took on the position after he passed away & later remarried. The office moved back & forth between Eagle & Jackson township a few times over the years. John Swank (1816 – 1886) was the last postmaster of the Clement office & opened another one at his store called Swank. It ran from 1882 – 1884. He also owned a steam powered saw mill in the northeast corner of the intersection & a blacksmith shop across the road in the southeast lot. Most of the residents attended Pleasant Grove United Brethren Church which first appeared in the 1875 atlas. The last school the town had was on the north side of Trail 40 just east of the GPS coordinates on land owned by Asa Ellis (1819 – 1904) & Maria Ellis (1823 – 1903). Amos, Rebecca, & John Swank were buried with relatives in Bishop Cemetery. Asa & Maria were buried with relatives in Ellis Cemetery.

Cordelia (Cordelta) – Orange Township
Post Office: 1883 – 1895
Location: 40.899428, -83.785711
on Co Rd 12 along Ottawa Creek at the former railroad crossing between SR 103 & Co Rd 24
Remnants: none known
Description: William McKinley (1824 – 1896), William Marshall (1815 – 1895), John Crates (1829 – 1887), & John Julerat platted Cordelia with 33 lots in 1883 on the Cleveland, Delphos, & St. Louis Railroad, later bought by the Northern Ohio Railway. The post office & a general store were in the train station. It was listed as Cordelta on some railroad maps. William McKinley was the postmaster & station attendant. He was also a justice of the peace for 18 years & served in the state legislature from 1874 – 1875. The McKinley & Marshall families were related by multiple marriages. Despite its position on a railroad, Cordelia never grew much. It still pops up on Google Maps at a residential area with no town or village. William McKinley was buried with relatives in Hasson Cemetery a little over 4 miles south of town on the east side of Township Rd 59 south of Riley Creek. William Marshall & John Crates were buried with relatives in Cannonsburg Cemetery on Co Rd 24 just west of Co Rd 12.  

Crow – Marion Township
Post Office: 1838 – 1841
Location: 41.036508, -83.592823
on SR 568 (Carey Rd) at the intersection of Co Rd 236 along Blanchard River
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Daniel Opp who built a tavern near the GPS coordinates in the mid-1830s. Daniel was the postmaster & the office was discontinued when he passed away.

El Rose – Orange Township
Location: unknown
Description: El Rose had a train station between Cordelia & Langan on the Northern Ohio Railway. The stations at El Rose & Cordelia were still in operation in 1910 & were mentioned in the county history book published that year. It was also mentioned that neither of them received much business at the time.

Elm Grove (Lye Creek) – Marion Township 
Post Office: 1850 – 1867
Location: 41.000130, -83.588163
on SR 37 at the intersection of Trail 234 along Lye Creek
Remnants: Elm Grove Cemetery at the GPS coordinates
Description: Charles Hallowell (1811 – 1875) from Chester County, Pennsylvania was the town’s first postmaster. The name of the office changed to Lye Creek in 1865. Henry Snyder (1837 – 1935) was a farmer, school teacher, & the last postmaster. Elm Grove had a United Brethren Church north of the GPS coordinates in the northeast corner of the intersection of Trail 234 & Co Rd 205. The current church across the road in the northwest corner was built after the town’s existence ended. Charles & Henry were buried with relatives in Elm Grove Cemetery. 

Ewings Corners (Ewing) – Jackson Township
Post Office: 1863 – 1872
Location: 40.957044, -83.574760
on SR 37 at the intersection of Trail 166 (Township Hwy 166)
Remnants: Salem Church & Cemetery just north of the intersection on SR 37
Description: The town was founded by Jesse Ewing (1807 – 1872 & Hannah (Homrighous) Ewing (1812 – 1906). They moved to Hancock County from Fairfield County. Jesse established the post office & held the postmaster position until he passed away. The church served a United Brethren Congregation & appears to have been closed for several decades now. John & Hannah were buried with relatives in the cemetery.

Frankford – Cass Township
Location: 41.148162, -83.578765
Remnants: none known
Description: War Of 1812 veteran John Franks Sr. (1786 – 1890) from Fayette County, Pennsylvania platted Frankford with 72 lots in 1833. None of the lots sold & the the idea was quickly forgotten. John escaped a British prison camp with some of his fellow soldiers during the war. He owned 2600 acres of land & lived to the ripe old age of 104. John was married twice & had 13 children. He was buried with relatives in Bechtel Cemetery 3 miles west of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of SR 613 & Township Rd 239 in Allen Township. 

Freedom – Biglick Township
Location: 41.023153, -83.520447
on Township Rd 251 between Marion Township Rd 207 & Co Rd 7
Remnants: none known
Description: It was platted in 1836 with 48 lots by Uriah E. Drake (1809 – 1863) from Fairfield County. None of the lots sold & Uriah later moved out of Ohio. Despite his age at the time, Uriah enlisted to serve in the Illinois 113th Infantry Regiment during the Civil War along with his son John Richard Drake (b. 1840). The circumstances surrounding the matter are unknown, but Uriah died just 2 days after mustering out for potential battle. He was buried with relatives, including his wife Margaret (Jaqua) Drake (1810 – 1880) in Sanders Cemetery on the north side of W 205 Ave between US 41 (Wicker Ave) & Austin St in Lake County, Indiana. 

Hassan (Hasson) – Orange & Van Buren Township
Post Office: 1858 – 1901
Location: 40.852228, -83.766400
on Township Rd 59 along Riley Creek between Trail 27 (Orange Township Rd 27) & Trail 28 (Township Rd 28)
Remnants: Hasson (Riley Creek) Cemetery at the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was founded by John Hasson (1788 – 1877) from Mifflin County, Pennsylvania & Elizabeth (Roberts) Hasson (1790 – 1879) from Connecticut. They settled in the area in 1836, had 7 children, & a 160 acre farm on the west side of Township Rd 59 across from the cemetery. Jackson Curry (1816 – 1875) & Rachel (Spriggs) Curry (1819 – 1895) owned a farm on the east side of Township Rd 59, which included most of the cemetery land except for a small portion owned by the Hasson family, & had a brick yard at the southeast corner of the cemetery. A steam powered saw mill operated by the Williams family was in the southwest lot of the intersection of Township Rd 59 & Township Rd 28. James Morrison (1823 – 1900) was the first postmaster & many others succeeded him, including a couple members of the Hassan family. The town also had several local churches & schools on its outskirts. Everyone mentioned in this listing was buried in Hasson Cemetery.

Hatfield
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Huber – Marion Township
Post Office: 1881 – 1901
Location: unknown
Description: Huber was on the Big Four Railroad (Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis) between Findlay & Vanlue. It was named after the Huber family in the township & was listed on the Ohio map in the 1901 Cram atlas.

Jamestown – Amanda Township
Location: 40.911898, -83.537383
on Trail 191 (Township Rd 191) at the intersection of Co Rd 160 along Potato Run
Remnants: none known
Description: It was platted with 24 lots in 1835 by Henry Sockrider (1816 – 1908) & George James. The town appears to have suffered the same fate as Frankford & Freedom. Henry Sockrider was buried with relatives in Krout Cemetery just west of the GPS coordinates on SR 37 between North St & SR 103 in Jackson Township.  

Lafayette (La Fayette) – Portage Township
Location: 41.131415, -83.695121
on SR 613 between Co Rd 139 & Co Rd 140
Remnants: none known
Description: The 1830s was apparently a tough decade for laying out towns in the county. Lafayette was platted by Jacob Andre Jr. (1817 – 1895) from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania with 72 lots in 1837. It was vacated by order of court in 1839, likely due to failure to pay the land debt. Jacob went on to lead a successful life in & was buried with relatives in West Jefferson Cemetery on SR 15 between Williams County Rd K & US Hwy 20A (SR 107) in Williams County.  

Langan – Orange Township
Location: unknown
Description: Langan had a short-lived train station west of El Rose on the Northern Ohio Railway. 

Lewisville (Louisville) – Blanchard Township
Location: 41.051381, -83.789476
on US 224 at the intersection of SR 235
Remnants: none known
Description: Lewisville was platted with 40 lots in 1851 by William Powell (1813 – 1894) from Fairfield County, David Millham (b. 1795) from England, & Michael Shearer. Just a few of the lots sold. The town had 3 residences, a school on the west side of SR 235 north of the intersection, a blacksmith shop in the southeast lot of the intersection, & a general store owned by John Boylan (1805 – 1883) & Margaret (Cayton) Boylan (1807 – 1892) from Pennsylvania. The plat was vacated in 1880 & the land returned to its previous agricultural uses. The Boylan family later moved to Iowa. William Powell was buried with relatives in Benton Ridge Cemetery 4 miles south of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of SR 12 & Jackson St.  

Marion – Marion Township
Location: unknown
Description: It was on the Lake Erie & Western Railroad between Findlay & Arcadia.

Martinstown (Martins Town) – Eagle, Jackson, & Madison Township
Post Office: 1837 – 1846
Location: 40.906617, -83.650857
on US 68 (N Main St) at the intersection of Co Rd 24 (Fellowship Dr)
Remnants: none known
Description: It was platted in 1836 by Martin Hollabaugh who opened up a general store in the vicinity & passed away the following year. The post office stayed in business for about a decade though & the town barely made it onto the 1863 county map. It faded into oblivion shortly after that.

Marvins Mill – Marion Township
Post Office: 1841 – 1849
Location: 41.036508, -83.592823
on SR 568 (Carey Rd) at the intersection of Co Rd 236 along Blanchard River (same location as Crow)
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by William Marvin (1798 – 1880) & Mabel (Roberts) Marvin (1799 – 1852). They were married in Pennsylvania in 1818, moved to Ohio in 1823, & had a several children. After living in Wayne county for 11 years, the Marvin family moved to Hancock county in 1834. During their first winter in Hancock, they resided with the family of William’s brother Mathias, 17 people in a 20 square feet cabin. The following year, William’s family built their own cabin, a water-powered grist & saw mill on the north side of Blanchard River, & the first school in the township in 1836. There was also a Methodist church in the northeast lot of the GPS coordinates. The Marvin family sold their mill to William Gillespie, who later moved to Kansas, & moved their own operation a half mile east along Blanchard River. They built another grist mill, saw mill, a distillery, & William operated a tavern & inn at his residence. He married Deborah (Gorrell) Marvin (1813 – 1880) after Mabel passed away & had several more children, totaling 16 in all. Between his children, grandchildren, & 2 generations of great-grandchildren, it was stated that William had no less than 350 descendants at the time of his death. He was buried with many relatives in Maple Grove Cemetery on SR 12 (W Main Cross St) in Findlay.  

Moffitt – Blanchard Township
Post Office: 1895 – 1917
Location: 41.022296, -83.846945
on Co Rd 53 between Co Rd 86 & Township Rd 20 along Moffitt Ditch
Remnants: none known
Description: It was named after the Moffitt family who owned a substantial amount of land in the western portion of the township & had a stop on the American Midland Railroad. Demetrius Moffitt (1843 – 1903) & one of his cousins Curtis Moffitt (1849 – 1916) owned the land in the vicinity of the train stop during the time the post office was in operation. However, the town’s existence was more due to their parents, aunts, & uncles earlier initiative. Thomas (1801 – 1885), William (1819 – 1884), & John Moffitt (1819 – 1896) settled in the area along with their widowed mother Sarah Moffitt (1783 – 1865) in the earlier 1800s. Thomas sold his land to William & John & moved to Iowa. Most of the family was buried in Dukes Cemetery a few miles north of town on the south side of US 224 between Township Rd 120 & Township Rd 123. Demetrius was buried with relatives in Benton Ridge Cemetery at the intersection of SR 12 & Jackson St.

North Ridgeville (North Ridge) (Pickens Corners) (Pickensville) – Pleasant Township
Post Office: 1861 – 1869
Location: 41.134285, -83.861298
on Co Rd 203 at the intersection of Co Rd 117 along West Creek (formerly called Beaver Creek)
Remnants: none known
Description: It was platted by Thomas Pickens (1792 – 1848) with 24 lots in 1850. He owned a steam-powered saw mill next to West Creek on the north side of SR 203. Ones of his sons, Benjamin Pickens (1833 – 1911), was the first postmaster & temporarily left town to serve in the Civil War. Lemuel Mow took over the position for the remainder of its existence. The office was called North Ridge because there was already a North Ridgeville post office in Lorain County. Thomas & Benjamin were buried with relatives in McComb Union Cemetery about 6 miles southeast of town on SR 613 (W Main St) on the west side of McComb. Unfortunately, the genealogical records we found on who the wife of Thomas was appear to be incorrect.

Olney – Pleasant Township
Location: 41.131591, -83.821166
on Co Rd 203 between Township Rd 119 & Township Rd 123 where Deweyville presently sits
Remnants: none known
Description: So, it appears we have yet a couple more towns from the 1830s to go though that didn’t make. Olney was platted with 40 lots in 1837 by Isaac Fairchild (1785 – 1878) & Amy (Sprague) Fairchild. They moved to Ohio from New Jersey, had a few children, & one of their daughters married into the Pickens family. None of the lots in Olney sold. Ironically, Deweyville was also platted on the same spot with 40 lots in 1880. Despite the failures of many 1830s towns in the county, they in no way reflects anything about what the founders did with the rest of their lives. After all, platting a town & convincing residents to move there is one of the toughest things anyone could every attempt to do. Isaac & Amy were buried with relatives in McComb Cemetery on SR 613 (W Main St) on the west side of McComb. 

Reed’s Corners – Orange Township
Location: 40.834005, -83.785531
on Co Rd 304 at the intersection of Co Rd 12
Remnants: former one-room schoolhouse on the west side of Co Rd 12 north of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was founded by James Reed (1810 – 1860) & Susan Reed (1820 – 1857). They arrived from eastern Ohio in 1837 & built the first frame house in the township. James served as justice of the peace for 4 terms. The town had a German Reformed Church on the south side of Co Rd 304 west of the GPS coordinates. Its first school was in the southwest corner of the intersection. The last school, which still stands the test of time, first appeared in the 1875 county atlas on land owned by the Binkley family. Reed’s Corners was mentioned in the 1886 county history book, but its day were numbered & the town didn’t make it into the 1900s. James & Susan were buried with relatives in Pleasant Hill Cemetery on Allen Twp 109 between Co Rd 139 & Co Rd 140 in Portage Township.

Waterloo – Madison Township
Location: 40.884828, -83.651095
on US 68 at the intersection of Waterloo Dr
Remnants: none known
Description: John Diller (d. 1852) & Catherine Diller were both born in Pennsylvania & made the journey to Ohio from New York in 1828. They opened up the first tavern & hotel in the township which comprised of 2 log cabins. It was on the east of the GPS coordinates & was called The Cross Keys. Catherine died about 5 years later & John eventually moved out of the county.

Weidlers – Marion Township
Location: 41.073979, -83.591365
on the railroad tracks between Co Rd 236 & Township Rd 212
Remnants: none known
Description: It had a train station on the Lake Erie & Western Railroad, owned by the New York Central Railroad at the time, & was on land owned by Barbara Weidler. The tracks are reportedly haunted by the ghost of a train conductor, James Welsh, who was beheaded after falling off a moving train in the late 1800s.

West Union – Madison Township, Hancock County & Washington & Blanchard Township, Hardin County
Location: 40.819480, -83.651423
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was platted with 48 lots in 1834 – 1835 by Andrew Sheller. None of the lots were sold or improved. 

Willow Creek – Eagle Township
Location: 40.983136, -83.730922
on Co Rd 313 between Trail 48 & the 4-way intersection of SR 698 & Eagle Twp 10 along Tiderishi Creek
Remnants: Powell Cemetery on SR 689 at the intersection of Trail 48
Description: Willow Creek had a flag stop (trains would stop if signaled) on the Lake Erie & Western Railroad. Jacob Powell (1807 – 1893) from Mifflin County, Pennsylvania & Mary (Hart) Powell had a few children, a large farm, & owned a saw mill next to Tiderishi Creek built by Jacob in 1835. It was originally water-powered, was later converted to steam, & sat next to the train stop. They also donated land for a log school in 1838. It was replaced with a frame structure in the mid-1800s, & a brick school in the northwest corner of the intersection of Trail 48 & Trail 60 that was listed on the 1875 county atlas. The town also had a church on the north side of Trail 48 across from the cemetery. Jacob served 6 terms as a justice of the peace. There are presently 100 Powell ancestors with documented interments in the cemetery, including Jacob & Mary, & it continues to accept new burials. The most recent Powell descendant, Reverend Dick Allen Powell, was laid to rest there in 2016.

Wineland – Cass Township
Post Office: 1883 – 1900
Location: 41.109188, -83.592997
on Co Rd 216 at the intersection of Co Rd 236
Remnants: none known
Description: It was along the New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad & was named after members of the Wineland family who owned land along the tracks. Cyrus Stacy (1853 – 1920) from Mahoning County was the town’s postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Arcadia Cemetery about 4 & 1/2 miles east of Wineland on SR 12 (Fremont St) in Arcadia in Washington Township.

Hardin County Ohio Ghost Towns

Blocktown – Washington Township
Post Office: dates not listed

Location: 40.746944, -83.690603 
on Locker Rd (Co Rd 60) at the intersection of Co Rd 115
Remnants: St. John’s Lutheran Church at the GPS coordinates, old & abandoned houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: The town was founded in 1877 by German immigrants Charles Block (1841 – 1899) & Elizabeth Block (1843 – 1911). They owned a general store & a blacksmith shop in the northwest corner of the intersection, & a saw mill & cider mill in the northeast lot of the intersection. Charles was also the town’s postmaster & the family’s enterprises employed many local residents. The 58 acre lot with the mills was sold to German immigrant William Beach (1844 – 1916) & Anna (Barcet) Beach prior to publication of the 1879 county atlas. There were 2 local one-room schoolhouses, Washington Township No. 4 on the east side of Township Rd 105 just north of Locker Rd & Washington Township No. 3 in the northeast corner of the intersection of Locker Rd & Kaylor Rd (Township Rd 125). St. John’s Lutheran Church was organized in the early 1850s. Their first church was a wood frame structure in the southeast corner of Locker Rd & Township Rd 105, built in 1873 at a cost of $1600. It was later replaced by the present brick structure when the congregation needed a larger building. There isn’t a ton of abandoned farmhouses in the area, but those that remain aren’t worth fixing up, or spending any money to get rid of them for that matter. They will soon be lost to time & nature anyway & it’s neat they are tied to the ghost town. The other old houses in the area which are still in use are well-maintained. William & Anna Beach were laid to rest with relatives & other resident of Blocktown in Dola Cemetery 3 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates on the north side of SR 81. The Block family moved out of the state & Blocktown faded into obscurity in the early 1900s. Charles & Elizabeth had 5 children & were buried with relatives in Oak Ridge Cemetery on College Ave in Kennett in Dunklin County, Missouri.

Geneva – Blanchard Township
Location: 40.782956, -83.641832 
on US 68 at the intersection of SR 81 (Geneva St)
Remnants: none known
Description: Geneva never made it past the proposal stage. When the Pennsylvania Railroad was being built through the township, the future village site was moved north to the tracks instead of leaving it at the area’s main crossroads which were basically heading for economic obsoletion. It was a good move & the timing of it all couldn’t have been better. As seen in other places around the state, Geneva likely would have failed. Dunkirk was platted at the tracks in 1852 by Hugh Miller (1807 – 1890) from Virginia & named by him after Dunkirk, New York. Hugh was buried with relatives in Dunkirk Cemetery 1/2 of a mile south of the GPS coordinates on the west side of US 68.

Grange – Lynn Township
Location: 40.629353, -83.682678   
on Lynn Valley Pike (Co Rd 115) at the intersection of Co Rd 150
Remnants: former one-room schoolhouse in the southwest corner of the intersection, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: It had a grange hall on the north side of the GPS coordinates, Lynn Valley Grange No. 581, & the one-room schoolhouse (Lynn Township No. 1). The grange hall was built on land owned by Civil War veteran Henry G. Wolgamot (1847 – 1922) from Holmes County & Mary (Siegel) Wolgamot (1856 – 1891). Henry had at least 7 children with Mary & remarried after she passed away. They were buried with relatives in Grove Cemetery about 7 miles east of town on the north side of SR 309 in Kenton. Some other residents were buried in Norman Cemetery 3 miles south of the GPS coordinates on the west side of Co Rd 115.

Marshs (Marshes) – Dudley Township
Location: 40.558945, -83.441590   
on Co Rd 245 at the railroad crossing between Co Rd 202 & Township Rd 230
Remnants: none known
Description: It was on the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (Big Four) & was listed on the Ohio map in the 1901 George Cram Atlas. There was a school (Dudley Township No. 10) about a mile northeast of the GPS coordinates on the north side of Co Rd 202.

McDonald – McDonald Township
Post Office: 1852 – 1873
Location: unknown
Description: The town was named after the McDonald family in the county descended from William McDonald who the township was named after. Residents were buried in McDonald Fairview (Harvey) Cemetery on SR 67 at the intersection of Dodds Rd (Township Rd 65). The postmasters were J. N. Abston, James Harvey, & Enoch Harvey.

McGoldricks Town – Cessna Township
Location: unknown
Description: Its proprietors Thomas McGoldrick (1793 – 1850) & Jane (Leedom) McGoldrick (1803 – 1872) moved to Hardin County from Pennsylvania in 1832 & had 13 children. Thomas platted the town in section 25 of Cessna Township in 1833. It never grew any & they moved out of the state after a few years. Thomas & Jane were buried with most of their immediate family in Glenwood (IOOF) Cemetery on State Hwy 202 in Schuyler County, Missouri. 

Peru – Cessna & Pleasant Township
Location: 40.717474, -83.653223   
on Co Rd 135 at the intersection of Hensel Rd (Township Rd 80)
Remnants: Cessna Cemetery on the north side of Hensel Rd 1/3 of a mile west of the GPS coordinates
Description: Peru was platted with 90 lots & a public square in 1836 by Charles Cessna (1784 – 1864) who was born in Pennsylvania & arrived in the township later named after him with some family members around 1830. The town had a store & a few houses, but it couldn’t compete with Huntersville or Kenton at the time. 2 lots were purchased by the governor of Rhode Island. He didn’t moved to Ohio though or make any improvements on the land. Another 2 lots were purchased by a man from New York who checked out the land, left because of the harsh wilderness it was back then, & never returned. Charles was buried with relatives in Cessna Cemetery.

Saint Michaels – Goshen Township
Location: 40.643108, -83.472328   
on SR 309 at the intersection of Co Rd 265
Remnants: none known
Description: It was platted in 1836 with 125 lots.

West Union –  Blanchard & Washington Township, Hardin County & Madison Township, Hancock County
Location: 40.819480, -83.651423
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was platted with 48 lots in 1834 – 1835 by Andrew Sheller. None of the lots were sold or improved.

Harrison County Ohio Ghost Towns

Brownsville – Franklin Township
Location: 40.318318, -81.214460
on Moravian Trail Rd (County Hwy 2) at the intersection of Barber Hill Rd (County Hwy 56)
Remnants: Brownsville Christian Church at the GPS coordinates
Description: 
The town was platted in 1815 by Revolutionary War veteran Absolam Kent (1752 – 1839) & Tabitha (Hunter) Kent (1752 – 1839), naming it after Brownsville in Fayette County, Pennsylvania where their family previously lived. Brownsville in Harrison County was mostly a farming & livestock raising town. It had a school where the church now stands. The church was moved from Tappan in 1941 after the construction of Tappan Lake began & continues to operate. Absolam & Tabitha were buried with relatives & other early pioneers in Spiker Cemetery on the east side of Wallace Rd in Stock Township.

Clendening (Clendening Cross Roads) – Nottingham Township
Post Office: 1889 – 1902
Location: 40.252531, -81.214047
on Adams Rd (Township Hwy 303) at the intersection of Simpson Rd (Township Hwy 311)
Remnants: none known
Description: The original proprietors were Irish immigrant William Clendening (1789 – 1867) & Elizabeth (Birney) Clendening (1813 – 1885). They married in 1833 in Jefferson County, had 6 children, & moved to a 240 acre farm in Harrison County in 1844. One of their sons, Israel B. Clendening (1837 – 1915) & his wife Sarah (Wagers) Clendening (1836 – 1909), inherited the land & had 8 children. They moved to Freeport in 1895, leaving the old farm to their son Denver Clendening (1875 – 1939), who took the town in to the 1900s & carried on the family tradition of farming & livestock raising. However, Clendening never grew beyond the cluster of houses surrounding the GPS coordinates. It’s currently the location of Fort Steuben Scout Reservation, a summer camp for Boy Scouts.

Conway – Archer & Green Township
Location: 40.307403, -80.973698
on Bakers Ridge Rd (Co Hwy 51) at the railroad track crossing at the intersection of Mattern Rd
Remnants: Mattern Cemetery on the south of Mattern Rd in the woods on the south side of the railroad tracks about 100 feet wast of Bakers Ridge Rd
Description: It was a coal mining town on the Cadiz Branch of the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railway in the late 1800s to early 1900s with a school in the northwest lot of the intersection. An M. Conway owned the land where the school was & another lot on the south side of the railroad tracks. Mattern Cemetery predates Conway being a town & was established in 1822. Some members of the Hall, Mattern, McCabe, Ross, & Tipton families have recorded burials there.

Enfield – Cadiz & Stock Township
Post Office: 1884 – 1907
Location: 40.294090, -81.062575
on US 250 (Cadiz – Dennison Rd) between Barger Rd (County Hwy 49) & Chapel Hill Rd (Township Hwy 315) along Standingstone Fork
Remnants: Hines (Monrovian Ridge) Cemetery south of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Deersville Ridge Rd & Arnold Rd (Township Hwy 320), old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description:  Enfield was a small farming & postal town with a saw mill & a population of 50 in 1900. H. H. Finical was the first known postmaster.  The last known postmaster was August Specht (1841 – 1905). The Specht surname is of German origin & appears to have been modernized to Speck. August was buried with relatives 5 miles southeast of town in Cadiz Union Cemetery on Charleston St in Cadiz. Some of Enfield’s other residents were laid to rest in Hines Cemetery. Most of the current buildings in the vicinity date back to the ghost town’s heyday.

Fisher
Location: unknown
Description: It was founded by a branch of the Fisher family in the county.

Ginther – Green & Short Creek Township
Post Office: 1903 – 1908
Location: 40.334546, -80.943256
on Lamborn Rd (Township Hwy 72) between Sprindale Hill Rd & Unionvale Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Ginther had mines owned by The Pittsburgh Block Coal Company in the early 1900s. The area later became Kenwood, which had a post office from 1910 – 1919 & is still a populated place.

Halls (Folk) (Folks Station) – German Township
Post Office: 1882 – 1910
Location: 40.331603, -80.944233
on SR 151 (Jewett Hopedale Rd) between Cadiz – Amsterdam Rd (Co Hwy 51) & Nemeth Rd (Township Hwy 552)
Remnants: none known
Description: The town had a few coal mines & a stone quarry on land owned by the Hall family. Its train station at the junction of the Cadiz Branch of the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railway & Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad was named after a branch of the Folks family in the county. W. C. Gallaher was the first postmaster. Augusta B. Snyder was the last known postmaster. Many residents were buried in Bethel Cemetery a mile north of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of SR 151 & Bakers Ridge Rd (Co Hwy 51).

Hattonia – Nottingham Township
Post Office: 1882 – 1903
Location: 40.286307, -81.126299
on Ourant Rd between Deersville Ridge Rd & Harris Rd (Township Hwy 327)
Remnants: old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: This small farming town had a combined church & school on the west side of Ourant Rd near the GPS coordinates. The road was named after the family of Washington Ourant  (1808 – 1884) from Columbiana County & Mary (Martin) Ourant (1808 – 1866). They had 8 children & Washington was a hat maker & farmer. He remarried after Mary passed away. Washington & Mary were buried with relatives in Hines (Monrovian Ridge) Cemetery about 4 & 1/2 miles east of town at the intersection of Deersville Ridge Rd & Arnold Rd (Township Hwy 320). Lindley Lewis Barrett (1850 – 1901) was the first postmaster. He was buried with relatives 4 miles southeast of town in Lees Run Cemetery on the east side of Lees Run Rd. Emerson P. Hines was the last postmaster. 

Hellers Cross Roads – Monroe Township
Post Office: 1853 – 1857
Location: 40.407515, -81.201710
on Gundy Ridge Rd (County Hwy 44) at the intersection of Plum Run Rd along Plum Run
Remnants: Heller Cemetery on the west side of Gundy Ridge Rd about 1/4 mile north of the GPS coordinates
Description: The proprietors were pioneers Henry Bowen Heller (1817 – 1881) from Greene County, Pennsylvania & Mary Anne (Weyandt) Heller (1816 – 1874) from Maryland. Henry was just a few months old when his parents made their journey to Ohio. He was a stone mason, an artillery captain in the state militia, & became a farmer later in life. Henry was also a land appraiser, township trustee, & the town’s postmaster. Hellers Cross Roads had a school, which was its only public building, about a mile northeast of the GPS coordinates on land donated by the Heller family. It was in the lot in the northeast corner of the
 intersection of Plum Run Rd & Hickory Rd (Township Hwy 216). Henry & Mary Anne had 7 children & were buried with relatives in Heller Cemetery, established on their original 67 acre farm.

Laceyville – Stock Township
Post Office: 1850 – 1907
Location: 40.322099, -81.131677
on US 250 (Cadiz – Dennison Rd) at the intersection of Lower Clearfork Rd (County Hwy 22) along Tappan Lake
Remnants: historical marker about 1/3 mile southeast of the GPS coordinates in a gravel lot on the north side of Tappan Lake
Description: Laceyville was founded by War Of 1812 veteran Major John Stinson Lacey (1793 – 1873) from Sussex County, Delaware & Anna (Hoyt) Lacey (1802 – 1885) from New York. They married in Ohio in 1820 & had 9 children. John served as sheriff & treasurer of Harrison County. After living in Cadiz for a couple of decades, John & Anna moved to Stock Township & built a new house in 1842. They operated a hotel & tavern which became an important stagecoach stop. The town grew around the the hotel & had a general store, school, blacksmith shop, & a shoe shop, along with a few other small businesses over the years. It also had a baseball team that competed with other teams around the region. The first postmaster was one of John & Anna’s sons, Civil War veteran Captain Robert Stinson Lacey (1832 – 1915). He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Another one of John & Anna’s sons, Civil War veteran Major Henry Brush Lacey (1828 – 1902), operated the hotel for several years after his father retired. Aside from some nice farms remaining in the area & the old hotel, Laceyville had nearly disappeared by the time construction of Tappan Lake began in 1935. Much of its land was submerged by the waters in 1938. The hotel was demolished in the early 1940s. John & Anna were buried with relatives, including Henry, in Pleasant Valley Cemetery about 1 & 1/2 miles northwest of the GPS coordinates on the east side of US 250.

Limestone – Green Township
Location: unknown
Description: It was between Conway & Halls (Folks Station) on the Cadiz Branch of the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railway.

Moraville – Cadiz Township
Post Office: 1896 – 1903
Location: 40.285299, -81.084301
on Deersville Ridge Rd at the intersection of Chapel Hill Rd (Township Hwy 315)
Remnants: Asbury Chapel in the northeast lot of the intersection
Description: The proprietors were members of the Keesey family who donated land for Asbury Chapel which was built in the mid-1870s. James Keesey (1821 – 1884) & Margaret (Layport) Keesey (1826 – 1894) were the patriarch & matriarch. They married in 1846 & had 12 children. One of their sons, John Keesey (1852 – 1931), was the postmaster. The town also had a school on the west side of Kanoski Rd. The Keesey family was buried in Hines Cemetery a mile east of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Deersville Ridge Rd & Arnold Rd (Township Hwy 320). 

Newtown – Short Creek Township
Location: 40.203425, -80.908034
on US 250 (Cadiz – Harrisville Rd) at the intersection of Georgetown – Adena Rd (County Hwy 41) along South Fork Short Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: Newtown lost a mid-1800s battle for the area’s dominance to Georgetown. It was last spotted in the 1875 county atlas & didn’t make it into the 1900s.

Nottingham – Moorefield Township
Post Office: 1851 – 1862
Location: 40.207710, -81.119050
on US 22 (Cadiz – Piedmont Rd) at the intersection of Nottingham – Holloway Rd
Remnants: Nottingham Presbyterian Church in the southeast lot of the intersection, Nottingham Cemetery on the west side of Nottingham – Holloway Rd south of the GPS coordinates
Description: It was another small farming & postal town. The first known postmaster was Joel Martin Johnson (1822 – 1881). He was buried with relatives in Minksville Cemetery 6 miles north of the GPS coordinates in Minksville Cemetery on the east side of Minksville Rd in Nottinham Township. James K. Ourant (1833 – 1905) was the last postmaster. James was laid to rest with his wife about 10 miles northeast of town in Cadiz Union Cemetery on Charleston St in Cadiz. Construction of Nottingham Presbyterian Church was completed in 1861 & was honored with an engraving on page 74 of the 1875 county atlas. It’s in amazing shape for a wood frame structure of that age.

Pennsville (Center Unity) – German Township
Location: 40.363873, -80.949137
on Cadiz – Amsterdam Rd (Co Hwy 51) at the intersection of Braddock Rd (Township Hwy 173)
Remnants: Center Unity Presbyterian Church & Cemetery on Cadiz – Amsterdam Rd 1/4 mile north of the GPS coordinates, Center Unity School on the south side of the church across Center Unity Rd
Description: The town was platted by Joseph H. Penn (1813 – 1881) from England & Jane (Hamilton) Penn (1813 – 1878) from Pennsylvania. They got married in 1834 & had 10 children. It’s unknown if the lots in Pennsville ever sold, or if any attempt was ever made to actually sell them, despite having a good location along the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railway. There’s no record of the place in the county history books. Pennsville didn’t make it onto any maps we have access to either. In any case, some semblance of a town did pop up 1/4 mile north of the GPS coordinates, at the intersection of Cadiz – Amsterdam Rd & Cadiz Junction Rd where it meets Center Unity Rd, around the farm of William Tipton (1810 – 1892) from Pennsylvania & Jane (McKiterick) Tipton (1816 – 1893). They married in 1839 & had 10 children. William & Jane donated land for Center Unity Presbyterian Church built in 1868, its accompanying cemetery across the road, & a school (German Township No. 5) on the south side of the church. The church & school still stand at the intersection. Everyone mentioned in this listing was buried in the cemetery.  

Pleasant Valley (Smithdale) – Stock Township
Post Office: 1894 – 1910
Location: 40.330700, -81.150926
on US 250 (Cadiz – Dennison Rd) between SR 646 (Tappan – Scio Rd) & Buxton Rd (Township Hwy 210) along Tappan Lake
Remnants: Pleasant Valley Church & Cemetery at the GPS coordinates, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: Pleasant Valley Methodist Episcopal Church was constructed on land owned by
Major John Stinson Lacey (1793 – 1873) from Sussex County, Delaware & Anna (Hoyt) Lacey (1802 – 1885) from New York who founded Laceyville. A farming town formed around the church & the first burial in the cemetery was Daniel Smith (1774 – 1856) from Maryland. He married Elizabeth (Perrigo) Smith (1781 – 1866) in 1801. They had 10 children & moved to Stock Township in 1821. The town was called Pleasant Valley until the later 1800s when the Smith family became the most prominent in the vicinity. A post office was established at the intersection of US 250 & Buxton Rd (Township Hwy 210) & turned into the center of town. John H. Henderson (1872 – 1946) ran a general store in Smithdale & was the last postmaster from 1905 until it closed. He married Anna (Buxton) Henderson (1878 – 1968) & later moved to Tuscarawas County. They had 3 children & were buried with relatives in Evergreen Burial Park on Delaware Dr SE in New Philadelphia. The Buxtons are also related to the Smiths by marriage & continue to operate a farm at the old Smithdale intersection.

Stacy – Archer Township
Post Office: 1898 – 1903
Location: 40.327530, -81.054514
on Lower Clearfork Rd (County Hwy 22) at the intersection of Barger Rd (County Hwy 49) along Clear Fork
Remnants: none known
Description: It was a farming & coal mining town. Laura Emma (Sult) Adams from Indiana was the postmaster. She married Samuel Ellsworth Adams (1862 – 1934) & they later moved out of the state. The Adams family owned much of the land on the north side of Clearfork Rd & opened up some coal mines in the area. Laura & Samuel were buried with relatives in Great Bend Cemetery on Broadway Ave in Great Bend in Barton County, Kansas.

Tappan – Franklin Township
Post Office: 1840 – 1939
Location: 40.356972, -81.209802
on US 250 (Cadiz – Dennison Rd) at the intersection of Mill Hill Rd (Township Hwy 215)
Remnants: historical marker about 1/4 of a mile southeast of the GPS coordinates on the southern side of the Tappan Lake Public Launch Ramp, Brownsville (Tappan) Church about 6 miles south of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of County Hwy 2 (Monrovian Trail Rd) & Barber Hill Rd (County Hwy 56), Tappan Cemetery in the woods on the east side of Mill Hill Rd about 500 feet from the intersection
Description: 
Tappan was platted on March 4, 1837 by War Of 1812 veteran John Marshall (1787 – 1877) who was a business man & immigrant from Ireland. He never actually lived in Tappan though. John was buried with relatives in Castor Cemetery on the north side of SR 103 in Delaware Township, Hancock County. The town was originally called Franklin, named after the township, but it had to be changed when the post office was established because there was already another Franklin post office in Ohio. It was renamed after Benjamin Tappan (1773 – 1857) from Massachusetts who was a Harrison County judge from 1816 – 1823 & later a U.S. Senator from 1839 – 1845. He was laid to rest with relatives in Union Cemetery at the intersection of SR 43 (Sunset Blvd) & Century Rd in Steubenville, Jefferson County. Tappan only had 4 families in 1840, but quickly grew to its peak population of 171 in 1860. It was simply considered to be a post office town by the state, but in 1875 Tappan also had a steam powered grist & saw mill, hotel, a school, blacksmith, shoe shop, tannery, a doctor, two general stores, & two churches, as well as around 50 houses for the residents. In 1933 leaders of the Muskingum River Concervancy Project decided that a dam should be built on Little Stillwater Creek that ran through town. Construction began in 1935 & was completed in 1938. The residents of Tappan were paid small amounts of money to move, & some didn’t have enough time or funds to move all of their belongings before the town met its watery demise & was submerged by Lake Tappan in 1938. Another nearby town called Laceyville was also submerged. Tappan’s church was saved from destruction & was moved to the south side of the lake in 1941. Today, Lake Tappan is a nice place to visit for a day trip or while on vacation, but it’s sad that the town was considered to be expendable while larger towns that had railroads on the north & south sides of the lake were spared. Tappan wasn’t expendable to the residents that lived there. It was where their homes & lives were. Tappan Cemetery was said to have been moved just north of the lake off of Mill Hill Rd (Local Hwy 215), but Find A Grave only has one know interment listed there. We suspect scores of residents are still buried in the old Tappan Cemetery beneath the waters of Lake Tappan, as the town existed for over a hundred years. The town plat started just past the water’s edge at the GPS coordinates with the entire site, comprising of approximately 50 – 60 acres, ending up getting submerged. People who scuba dive in the lake these days say it’s an extremely eerie experience & you can’t go very far without almost running into a house, mailbox, tractor, barn, & other buildings. The Muskingum River Conservancy District still owns the lake & surrounding land. There’s a historical marker for the town next US 250 in Tappan Lake Public Launch Ramp parking lot just south of the intersection of Mill Hill Rd & another one for Laceyville on US 250 near the southeast side of the lake. There are also a few old homestead foundations & remnants from the former towns in the woods around the lake. Tappan is like the Atlantis of Ohio, & despite being underwater, might be one of the most well preserved ghost towns in the state.
Thanks to Lori Kline for providing the lead on Tappan! Her stepfather was born there in his boyhood home in January of 1928 during a bad snow storm. His family had to wait until the weather & roads cleared up two weeks later to get to the nearest hospital.

Titus Store (Cassville) – Cadiz Township
Post Office: 1830 – 1845
Location: 40.232755, -81.105474
on Cassville Rd (Township Rd 268) between Old Piedmont Rd (County Hwy 16) & the Cadiz Township border with Nottingham Township
Remnants: Titus Cemetery on the southwest side of Cassville Rd near the GPS coordinates
Description: Titus Store preceded Cassville as a town, which had a post office from 1848 – 1905. The proprietors were Timothy Titus (1788 – 1869) from New Jersey & Mary (Guthrie) Titus (1792 – 1849) from Washington County, Pennsylvania. They got married in 1812, had 8 children, & owned a general store close to the GPS coordinates with Timothy as postmaster. Timothy & Mary were buried with relatives in Titus Cemetery.

Vienna – Moorfield Township
Location: unknown
Description: It was listed in the 1837 Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guide as a town in Moorfield Township.

Warfel – Short Creek Township
Post Office: 1889 – 1902
Location: 40.245639, -80.970088
on US 250 (Cadiz – Harrisville Rd) at the intersection of Short Creek Rd along Liming Creek & Sally Buffalo Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: The original proprietors were Mexican – American War veteran General Charles Warfel (1807 – 1871) & Mary (Boyd) Warfel (1811 – 1879). They were both born in Pennsylvania, married in Ohio in 1833, & had at least one son. Charles & Mary were buried with relatives in Cadiz Union Cemetery 2 miles north of town on Charleston St in Cadiz. The town had a grocery store in the southeast corner of the intersection in the late 1800s. Joshua B. Dickerson (1822 – 1902) was the postmaster. The office was discontinued when Joshua Passed away. He was buried with relatives in about 2 miles southwest of the GPS Coordinates in Dickerson Church Cemetery on the south side of Dickerson Church Rd.

Henry County Ohio Ghost Towns

Beaver Creek 
Post Office: 1840 – 1847
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Cloverleaf – Liberty Township
Location: 41.471600, -84.076466   
on County Rd V at the intersection of Township Rd 11
Remnants: none known

Damascus – Liberty Township
Post Office: 1819 – 1868
Location: 41.412693, -84.009419   
on SR 190 near the intersection of SR 424 (East Riverview Ave) between the Maumee River & North Turkeyfoot Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: It was the original county seat & was platted on both sides of SR 190 at the site of a former Native American village called Prairie Du Masque in the early 1700s.

Durand – Liberty Township
Post Office: dates not listed
Location: unknown
Description: It was listed in the Ohio State Gazetteer and Business Directory for 1860 – ’61.

Farnham – Bartlow Township, Henry County & Jackson Township Wood County
Post Office: 1871 – 1890
Location: 41.231995, -83.882162   
on Henry Wood County Line Rd between County Rd E & Country Rd F on the Henry & Wood County border along the railroad tracks
Remnants: none known
Description: The town proprietors were Joseph Durliat (1831 – 1889) & Magdalena (Trendall) Durliat (1837 – 1921). Joseph was born in France & met Madgalena in Canada where they were married. The Durliats had 10 children, a 520 acre farm, steam saw mill, & ran the post office. They were buried with relatives in Saint Louis Cemetery on SR 281 in Wood County.

Girtys Point – Harrison Township
Location: 41.326751, -84.154081 
on County Rd Z at the intersection of County Rd 15
Remnants: Cole Cemetery on south side of the road east of the intersection
Description: The town was named after Simon Girty (1741 – 1818) who was captured by Seneca natives with his family in Pennsylvania & adopted by the tribe, living with them until 1764. He later joined the British & Native American resistance against American settlers & troops. Simon hid out on Girty’s Island on the Maumee River across from Cole Cemetery where he & his brother George had trading posts in the 1780s & 1790s. The island turned into a Victorian Era amusement park.

Goosetown (Goose Town) – Napoleon Township
Location: unknown, along the Maumee River downstream from Napoleon
Description: This would have been town was laid out by the proprietors of Napoleon prior to its existence, but the land was on low ground & flooded badly. The idea of Goosetown was traded in favor of Napoleon’s present location.

Madeira – Marion Township, Henry County & Liberty Township, Putnam County
Location: 41.166769, -84.054575   
on Henry County Rd A at the intersection of Township Rd 10 on the Henry & Putnam County border
Remnants: none known
Description: Madeira’s only claim to fame was being mentioned as a small place in Henry Howe’s 1847 Historical Collections Of Ohio.

Odessa – Damascus Township
Post Office: 1856 – 1867
Location: 41.408806, -83.970724   
on County Rd 5A along South Turkeyfoot Creek between County Rd 5A & SR 110
Remnants: Kruger Cemetery on the west side of County Rd 7 between Township Rd P3 & SR 110, Olive Branch Cemetery on County Rd 5A between County Rd P & Township Rd O4
Description: Odessa was founded by Thomas Reid (1813 – 1878) & Elmira (Crockett) Reid (1824 – 1897). It was a farming town with a general store, saw mill, & grist mill. The town used the Miami & Erie Canal to transport goods. Odessa was hit hard by the cholera epidemic in the mid-1800s but was still the largest village in the township before McClure boomed during the railroad era. Thomas was buried in Kruger Cemetery & Elmira in Olive Branch.

Ridgeland – Marion Township
Post Office: 1850 – 1896
Location: 41.195294, -84.064637   
on County Rd Y between County Rd 10A & County Rd 10B
Remnants: Marion Township Cemetery at the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was founded in 1841 by Samuel Hashbarger (1815 – 1859) & Anna (Rader) Hashbarger (1815 – 1889) who remarried after Samuel passed away. In 1863 George W. Edwards (1834 – 1919) & John Rayle (1831 – 1915) platted the town & attempted to change its name to Edwardsville. The U.S. Postal Service denied the request as there was already an Edwardsville with a post office in Warren County. Everyone mentioned in this listing was buried with relatives in the cemetery.

Turkey Foot
Post Office: 1840 – 1849
Location: unknown
Description: none found

                                               Highland County Ohio Ghost Towns

Clear Creek (Clear Creek Settlement) – Liberty Township
Location: 39.244133, -83.605273 

on US 62 at the intersection of Selph Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was one of the earliest villages in the county & had a church school, & blacksmith shop. The Evans family was the largest in the area & arrived with other pioneer settlers from Bourbon County, Kentucky in 1800.

Edensborough
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Fallsville – Penn Township
Location: 39.286200, -83.633054   
on Fallsville Ln (Township Hwy 432) west off of Careytown Rd between Powell Rd & Roundhead Rd
Remnants: Auburn Church & Cemetery north of Fallsville Ln on Careytown Rd, building foundations on a hiking trail south (left) at the end of Fallsville Ln
Description:

Fallsville was founded by John Timberlake who built a stone house & a grist mill next to the impressive waterfall on Clear Creek. In 1825 Simon Clouser (1796 – 1881) & his wife Elizabeth (Duckwall) Clouser (1797 – 1875) purchased the land from Timberlake & moved into the house in 1826. Simon was a farmer & operated the grist mill for people that came from miles around because it was the only large corn grinder in the area. The Auburn Methodist Church congregation was formed with a log church in 1830. On April, 20 1848 John Timberlake officially platted the town of Fallsville & named it after the waterfall next to the mill which is now part of The Fallsville Wildlife Area. More residents moved into town & Fallsville grew to have 3 streets with 8 houses in town & a few more on the outskirts. The residents thought Fallsville would get a railroad built through it & become a large town but that never happened. A new Auburn Methodist Church was built in 1891 & still stands today. It was the last structure built in town. Fallsville’s last resident was Andrew Payton who died in 1893. There are also still several foundations in the area along with some other small structures & remnants. Simon & Elizabeth Clouser are buried with their children at Auburn Church Cemetery on Careytown Rd. The waterfall & remnants of the town are off of Fallsville Lane, the gravel road south of Auburn Church. It’s blocked off from traffic but there’s a small parking lot at the front of the road. To get to the waterfall, keep going straight onto the trail past where the gravel ends on Fallsville Lane. Building foundations & an old horse tank, the only one we’ve ever seen in a total ghost town, are on a trail to the left & heading south at the end of Fallsville Lane. Hunting goes on back there so wear bright colors, be extra safe, & as always, respectful of any other outdoor enthusiasts. The hunters we’ve met were all very nice & even gave us some info on where to look. Fallsville also has a ghost story about a native girl who knocks on doors around own on Christmas Eve. She’s said to be trying to tell local residents the location of a gold treasure buried nearby. The Clouser girls were always described as being very strange, almost witch-like, & some of the locals steered clear of them so to speak.

Gall – Brush Creek Township
Post Office: 1895 – 1905
Location: 39.092012, -83.461026   
on Sinking Spring Rd at the intersection of N Elmwood Rd along Middle Fork
Remnants: Countryman Cemetery on the north side of Sinking Spring Rd west of the GPS coordinates
Description: The proprietor James Gall (1864 – 1942) was a teacher, farmer, & ran a general store & post office on the farm where he was born. James was buried with relatives in Marshall Cemetery at the intersection of SR 124 & Herbert Rd. The Countryman family also owned a lot of land in the area.

Home – Brush Creek Township
Post Office: 1856 – 1867
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Honolulu – Salem Township
Post Office: 1893 – 1898
Location: 39.167919, -83.836937   
on SR 134 at the intersection of Murtland Rd along Little North Fork
Remnants: none known
Description: This small farming & postal town had a school.

Littleton (Luttleton) – Salem Township
Post Office: 1883 – 1903
Location: 39.167291, -83.788882   
on Dawson Rd at the intersection of N Ford Rd along North Fork
Remnants: none known
Description: It was another small farming, railroad, & postal town with a school.

New Amsterdam – Paint Township (formerly in Paint Township, Ross County)
Location: unknown, was along the falls of Paint Creek
Description: Jacob & Enoch Smith were brothers of Dutch descent who came to Ohio with a group of settlers from Virginia in 1796. They built a saw mill & grist mill at the falls on Paint Creek &  platted New Amsterdam in 1800 on land acquired from General Nathaniel Massie (1763 – 1813). The streets were mostly named after popular Revolutionary War veterans. Residential lots sold well in the town early on with cabins & some stores. The town didn’t get any other big businesses to keep it going though & disappeared after a few decades.

New Leesburg
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Oak
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Sharpsville – Union Township
Post Office: 1852 – 1855
Location: 39.255626, -83.75054  
on Sharpsville Rd along Turtle Creek between Quarry Rd & Bald Knob Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by James Sharp (1799 – 1872) & Margaret (Cloud) Sharp (1801 – 1869) who were both born in Pennsylvania & met & married in Highland County. They had a few children & accumulated a 400 acre farm with funds raised by a saw mill & grist mill James constructed on Turtle Creek. The town lasted much longer than its post office & had a Methodist church & school. It can be found in the 1871, 1887, & 1916 Highland County Atlases. Daniel Sharp (1837 – 1907) operated a quarry on the old family land & was buried with relatives in New Lynchburg Masonic Cemetery on SR 134. His parents James & Margaret were buried with relatives in Mount Olive Cemetery on Mad River Rd.

Sicily – Clay Township
Post Office: 1848 – 1895
Location: 39.028399, -83.863539   
on Sicily Rd at the intersection of Ellis Rd
Remnants: Huggins (Huggens) Cemetery on private property the east side of Sicily Rd west of the GPS coordinates
Description: Sicily was founded in the 1830s & platted in 1848 by John Huggins (1810 – 1860) from North Carolina & Isabella (Hindman) Huggins (1813 – 1899). They had a few children & large farm. A few town lots sold & it had a school & church congregation but no big businesses to create a population boom. John & Isabella were buried with relatives in Huggins Cemetery.

Sorg – New Market Township
Post Office: 1894 – 1901
Location: 39.116536, -83.671276   
on SR 136 at the intersection of Point Liberty Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It had a blacksmith shop & a school.

Hocking County Ohio Ghost Towns

Blackburn – Perry Township
Location: 39.542447, -82.638008
on Jack Run Rd (Co Rd 138) at the former intersection of Carroll Rd (Township Hwy 149)
Remnants: Morgan Chapel & Cemetery 1 mile north of the GPS coordinates on Jack Run Rd
Description: It was named after the Blackburn family in the county. The town had a school north of the GPS coordinates on the east side of Jack Run Rd at the intersection of Clapper Hollow Rd. Residents were buried in Morgan Chapel Cemetery.

Brashears – Ward Township
Post Office: 1886 – 1893
Location: unknown
Description: This small town was on the Monday Creek Branch of the Hocking Valley Railway in eastern Ward Township & had mines operated by the Consolidated Coal and Mining Company. Several men perished over the years from falling shelves & stones while working in the shafts. M. E. Schaffer was the postmaster.

Brush (Brush Fork Junction) – Ward Township
Location: 39.496997, -82.167021
on SR 78 at the intersection of Jobs New Pittsburg Rd along Brush Fork & Snow Fork
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was on the Brush Fork Branch of the Hocking Valley Railway. It had a general store on the west side of SR 78 south of the GPS coordinates owned by the Trimmer family & a school on the east side of SR 78 south of the store. 

Cedar Falls – Benton Township
Location: 39.419620, -82.523167
on SR 374 at the intersection of Ilesboro Rd
Remnants: a park at the falls on the west side of SR 374 south of the GPS coordinates, 2 old stone bridges on SR 374 south of the GPS coordinates
Description: Cedar Falls was the site of a saw mill in the late 1800s & had a school. Its impressive waterfall now sits in Hocking Hills State Park along Ohio’s 1300 mile long Buckeye Trail. For anyone who enjoys less rustic accommodations than what camping offers, the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls north of the GPS coordinates on SR 374 is another option.
Inn & Spa Info – https://innatcedarfalls.com/

Consol – Ward Township
Post Office: 1893 – 1898
Location: 39.507418, -82.189652
on Jobs – New Pittsburg Rd at the former intersection of Monday Jobs Rd along Brush Fork
Remnants: none known
Description: Consol was a small postal town between Jobs & New Pittsburg. It was the site of New Pittsburg Mine No. 3 & had a train station on the Brush Fork Branch of the Hocking Valley Railway. W. H. H. Wolfe was the postmaster.

Dewey Junction
Location: unknown
Description: This small town had a train station on the Hocking Valley Railway & mines operated by the Davis Coal Company.

Happy Hollow – Salt Creek Township
Location: 39.457315, -82.689865
on Happy Hollow Rd between SR 56 & Thompson Ridge Rd (Co Hwy 36)
Remnants: none known
Description: This former mining town is reportedly haunted by the ghost of a middle-aged man who appears to be in wet clothing & had been spotted along the road, on porches, & inside some local homes.

Hopperville – Green Township
Location: 39.480121, -82.295706
on Company Rd (T-336) north of US 33
Remnants: none known
Description: It was the site of a coal hopper owned by Peter Hayden (1806 – 1888) from New York, who founded Haydenville. The town was on a railroad switch off of the Hocking Valley Railway running along Company Rd. It also had a steam-powered saw mill & a small quarry west of the GPS coordinates & a coal works northwest of the GPS coordinates. Peter was buried with relatives in Green Lawn Cemetery on Greenlawn Ave in Columbus.

Joe – Marion Township
Post Office: 1887 – 1903
Location: 39.647527, -82.407708
on Bremen Rd at the intersection of Schmeltzer Rd (Township Hwy 91) along Rush Creek
Remnants: old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: Philip Heyd operated a grist mill in the lot south of the GPS coordinates. William Sholl (b. 1842) was the postmaster.

Kachelmacher (Greendale) – Green & Ward Township
Post Office: 1879 – 1939
Location: 39.536750, -82.277815
on SR 595 at the intersection of Dawley Rd along Monday Creek
Remnants: Dawley – Downhour Cemetery east of the GPS coordinates on Shields Rd south of the intersection of Jacobs Rd, former brick plant remains along SR 595, former school next to SR 595, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: In the area’s early days, there was a saw mill on the south side of Dawley Rd on the east side Monday Creek on land owned by the Wolf family & a school on the south side of Jacobs Rd east of the cemetery. Dawley – Downhour Cemetery was established on land owned by Nathan Dawley (1793 – 1873) & Anna (Wilcox) Dawley (1802 – 1883). They moved to Ohio from Rhode Island, were pioneers in the county, & had 11 children. Although the cemetery isn’t extremely far from SR 595, the location is still rather remote, but it is well-maintained. Oil, coal, & iron tycoon, Nils Kachelmacher (1860 – 1917) from Norway, directed the construction of the Greendale Brick Plant along SR 595. It ran from 1907 to the mid-1930s. At a cost of $1 million, it was said to be the largest in the world. The plant supplied much of the country’s bricks until The Great Depression hit the economy & led to the company’s demise. There was also a company general store & a school constructed for the workers & their children. The school still stands next to SR 595 near what’s left of the formerly massive brick plant compound. Nils was never married & was laid to rest in Kachelmacher Mausoleum in Kachelmacher Park south of US 33 on Falls St in Logan. There’s a historical marker in the park with more info about him & the brick plant. Greendale is still a populated place, but there’s far less residents in the area these days. The post office on the railroad was called Kachelmacher from 1906 – 1910.

Lost Run – Ward Township
Location: 39.554322, -82.231860
on Brady Rd (Buckeye Trail) along Lost Run between James Rd & SR 216
Remnants: none known
Description: According to Henry Howe’s “Historical Collections Of Ohio”, the creek was named after the story of a pioneer hunter who got lost & froze to death there in the early 1800s. His skeleton was found years later with a rifle laying next to it. 

Max – Marion Township
Post Office: 1899 – 1903
Location: 39.634055, -82.389596
on Harvey Chapel Rd at the intersection of Dewey Rd
Remnants: South Harvey Chapel & Cemetery on the west side of Harvey Chapel Rd about 1/2 mile north of the GPS coordinates, old houses & farms in the area
Description: This small farming & postal town had a blacksmith shop on the north side of Maxville Rd near the intersection of Saunders Rd & a school west of South Harvey Chapel on a now abandoned stretch of road. Samuel Focht (1854 – 1916) was the postmaster. He was buried with relatives in the cemetery. The church & cemetery were constructed on land owned by the Poling family.

Nancy – Salt Creek Township
Post Office: 1892 – 1909
Location: 39.390211, -82.659126
on Blue Creek Rd at the intersection of Vandergriff Rd (Township Hwy 185)
Remnants: Schooley Cemetery at the GPS coordinates, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: Nancy had a school on the east side of Blue Creek Rd north of the GPS coordinates & a church on the northwest side of Blue Creek Rd south of the GPS coordinates. William Parks (1849 – 1938) was the postmaster. He married Sarah (Swackhammer) Parks & later moved to Circleville in Pickaway County where they were buried in Forest Cemetery on N Court St (Co Rd 511). They both have relatives buried in Schooley Cemetery.

Needmore – Marion Township
Post Office: 1892 – 1902
Location: 39.622766, -82.394158
on Bear Run Rd at the intersection of Harvey Chapel Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: W. F. Rittgers (1857 – 1930) was a Freemason & the town’s postmaster. He was buried with relatives about 7 miles south of the GPS coordinates in Oak Grove Cemetery on Jennison Ave in Logan.

Pattonsville – Green Township
Post Office: 1847 – 1857
Location: unknown
Description: It was in section 13 of Green Township & was founded by Robert Patton (1779 – 1865) & Mary (Halterman) Patton (1789 – 1828). They built a saw mill in 1825 that was probably the first in the township. Robert remarried after Mary passed away & added a grist mill to the site around 1832. The mill dam was washed away in a flood in 1860 & was never rebuilt. Robert was buried with relatives in Oak Grove Cemetery on Jennison Ave in Logan. Members of the same family also founded Pattonsville in Jackson county, which is still a populated place.

Pine Grove – Good Hope Township
Location: 39.597339, -82.553510
on Clear Creek Rd (Co Rd 116) along Clear Creek between US 33 & Starner Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Pine Grove had a grist mill & saw mill next to Clear Creek owned by John Arney (1805 – 1876) from Fairfield County & Johanna (Klinker) Arney (1805 – 1867) from Germany. They had several children, over 300 acres of farmland on 3 lots, & donated land for the Hocking Valley Railway tracks on the east side of the Hocking River. John & Johanna were buried with relatives in Elmwood Cemetery 9 miles north of town on S Mt Pleasant Ave in Lancaster, Fairfield County.

Point Pleasant – Washington & Benton Township
Post Office: dates not listed
Location: 39.437196, -82.509097
on Kalklosch Rd (Township Hwy 271) at the intersection of Cotterman Rd (Township Hwy 246)
Remnants: none known
Description: Mary (Strawn) Hone (1823 – 1918) from Perry County was the town’s founder & proprietor. She platted Point Pleasant in the southwest corner of her 180 farm after her husband, Civil War veteran James Hone (1822 – 1864) from Morgan County, passed away. It had a post office & a blacksmith shop, but only attracted a few families over the years & eventually reverted back to farmland. Mary & James had several children & were buried with relatives about 4 miles south of the GPS coordinates in Fairview Church Cemetery on the south side of Fairview Ridge Rd (Co Rd 287).

Pursell (Purcell) – Benton Township
Post Office: 1892 – 1905
Location: 39.440466, -82.599782
on Big Pine Rd (Co Rd 11) at the intersection of Webster Rd along Pine Run
Remnants: none known
Description: Pursell had a saw mill next to Pine Creek & school on the west side of Webster Rd. They were both on land owned by the Dresback family. Most of the Dresbacks, & the town’s last postmaster Francis Lindsey (1866 – 1950), were buried in Pine Grove Cemetery 2 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Big Pine Rd & SR 374. 

Reeds – Salt Creek Township
Location: 39.413278, -82.643194
on SR 56 at the intersection of Narrows Rd along Salt Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded by a branch of the Reed family in the county.

Rockhouse (Rock House) – Laurel & Perry Township
Post Office: 1844 – 1907
Location: 39.494385, -82.614464
on SR 374 at the intersection of Thompson Ridge Rd (Co Rd 36)
Remnants: Rock House Park on the north side of SR 374
Description: The town was named after the cave that now sits in Hocking Hills State Park. As with many caves in Ohio, it was originally inhabited by Native Americans & was later occupied by thieves & bandits who were hiding from justice during the early years of Ohio’s statehood. They disappeared as the area became more settled & the cave acquired more honest visitors. 
A saw mill & grist mill next to Laurel Run along SR 374 were owned by William Loomis (1841 – 1918) & Nancy Loomis (1840 – 1915). They moved to Columbus where they were buried with relatives in Green Lawn Cemetery on Greenlawn Ave. Businessman & Civil War veteran Lieutenant Colonel Ferdinand Frederick Rempel (1824 – 1901) from Prussia, Germany constructed a lavish 16 room hotel with a ballroom, post office, & livery stable at Rock House in 1878. He added some cabins & turned it into a popular summertime resort. The hotel fell into disrepair & was sold to the state by Colonel Rempel’s heirs in 1925. Ferdinand Rempel was buried with relatives in Oak Grove Cemetery on Jennison Ave in Logan.

Smock – Washington Township
Post Office: 1891 – 1904
Location: 39.408602 -82.494682
on Hoskins Rd between Fairview Ridge Rd (Co Rd 287) & Ilesboro Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was named after the family of Nancy (Kimple) Smock (1816 – 1905) from New Jersey. She moved to Ohio from with her husband Philip Smock (d. 1863) & was a pioneer in the county. Nancy also owned the land where the post office was. The town had a school on the east side of Hoskins Rd just north of the GPS coordinates on land owned by the Call family. Nancy was buried with relatives in Oak Grove Cemetery on Jennison Ave in Logan. Sanyek Reichley (1830 – 1907) was the first postmaster & was buried with relatives in Fairview Church Cemetery a mile southeast of the GPS coordinates on the south side of Fairview Ridge Rd. Mattie P. Engle (1860 – 1910) was the last postmaster.

South Carbon Hill – Ward Township
Location: 39.493225, -82.249731
on SR 278 between Coe Hollow Fruitdale Rd (Township Hwy 345) & Loop Rd (Township Hwy 387B)
Remnants: none known
Description: South Carbon Hill had a plat with a single row of lots lining the west side of SR 278 between Coe Hollow Fruitdale Rd & Monkey Hollow Rd. There was a school on land owned by Civil War veteran David Randolph (1825 – 1891) on the west side of SR 278 south of the GPS coordinates. It appears that the lots didn’t sell well & the idea of creating a bustling community was subsequently abandoned. The plat can be spotted in the 1876 county atlas. David is incorrectly listed as B. O. Randolph on the Ward Township map, but is correctly listed on page #31 with the plats of South Carbon Hill, Murray City, & Carbon Hill. He was buried with relatives in Carbon Hill Cemetery on the north side of Carbon Hill Buchtel Rd about a mile northeast of the GPS coordinates.

Summit (Summit Siding) – Starr Township
Location: unknown
Description: It was along SR 328 & the Hocking Valley Railway about halfway between Starr & Union Furnace with a passing siding for loading & unloading. The town was listed on the Ohio map in the 1901 Cram atlas & several obscure railroad guides from the late 1800s to early 1900s.  

Winona (Winona Furnace)
Post Office: 1877 – 1900
Location: 39.592140, -82.338847
on SR 93 at the intersection of SR 668 along Little Monday Creek
Remnants: Webb Chapel Cemetery northwest of the GPS coordinates at the end of St Clair Rd off of SR 312
Description: Winona Furnace was constructed by the Winona Iron Company & started blasting iron ore in 1878. It was sold to the Columbus and Hocking Iron and Coal Company in 1883. The town had a train station on the Straitsville Branch of the Hocking Valley Railway, a school, company general store, & 22 houses for the workers & their families. That small number provided shelter for around 150 residents while the furnace was in operation. Some of them were buried in Webb Chapel Cemetery.

Holmes County Ohio Ghost Towns

Baddow Pass (Baddaw Pass) (Summit) – Richland Township
Post Office: 1892 – 1894
Location: 40.494508, -82.147932   
on Township Highway 14 along the Holmes County Trail between Baddow Pass Rd (County Highway 75) & Township Highway 32
Remnants: none known
It was on the Cleveland, Akron, & Columbus Railroad but didn’t have a train station, & was named after the cut in the terrain for accommodating the track bed. The closest school was a mile southwest of the GPS coordinates in the southwest corner of the intersection of Township Rd 12 & Township Rd 4 on land donated by Jonathan & Mary (Shocknesse) House. The former track bed is currently part of the Holmes County Trail, a 22 mile paved recreational path.
Holmes County Trail Info – https://www.ohiobikeways.net/holmes.htm

Charlesburg – Washington Township
Location: 40.646194, -82.114741   
on Township Highway 472 near the intersection of Township Highway 474
Remnants: Lakeville (Shoup) Cemetery on the south side of Township Rd 472 about 1/2 mile west of the GPS coordinates
Description: It was a small farming town with no other major industries.

DeWitt Ridge (Dewitts Ridge) – Richland Township
Post Office: 1861 – 1868
Location: 40.521537, -82.145880   
on SR 520 at the 3 way intersection with County Highway 75 & Township Highway 16
Remnants: Dewitts Ridge Cemetery near the GPS coordinates
Description: James H. DeWitt (1829 – 1891) & Elizabeth J. DeWitt (1838 – 1911) owned a grocery store with post office in the northeast corner of the intersection & James was the town’s postmaster. There was also a school on the south side of SR 520 about a mile east of the GPS coordinates on land donated by William Jones (1800 – 1878) from Virginia & Rebecca (Skeeles) Jones (1806 – 1883) from Maryland. The DeWitt & Jones families were buried in Christian Church Cemetery 3 miles east of the GPS coordinates at the corner of Main St & Depot St (SR 520) in Glenmont. After the post office closed, Richard M. Johnson (1832 – 1920) & Margaret (Phillips) Johnson (1842 – 1908) owned a blacksmith shop on the south side of the GPS coordinates. They were laid to rest in Sunnyside Cemetery about 3 & 3/4 miles east of town on the north side of SR 520. There is a DeWitts Ridge Cemetery listed on Find A Grave with no directions. Its only known interment is Susan (DeWitt) Morrison (1837 – ?).

Grade – Mechanic Township
Post Office: 1890 – 1901
Location: 40.507564, -81.888473   
on County Highway 58 at the intersection of County Highway 580
Remnants: none known
Description: Grade didn’t have any big businesses, but the post office & a few small shops were enough to put it on maps back in the day. John L. Fleming (1836 – 1896) & Sarah (Leavengood) Fleming (1839 – 1914) owned a shoe shop in the northeast corner of the intersection & John was the town’s postmaster. In the 1800s, shoe shops were often operated by husband & wife teams with the work they did being paid for either in cash or fair trade bartering, including the completing of chores. After John passed away, their son Curtis B. Fleming (1869 – 1943) took on the postmaster position. He later moved to Coshocton County & was buried there with relatives in South Lawn Cemetery on Plum St in Coshocton. John & Sarah were laid to rest in Elliott Cemetery about 3 miles south of the GPS coordinates on the west side of Township Rd 112. The family surname was also spelled Flemming in some records.

Huston – Prairie Township
Location: 40.607838, -81.917642   
on Township Rd 346 at the former railroad crossing between SR 83 & Township Rd 559
Remnants: none known
Description: It was named after a branch of the Huston family in the county & was on the B & O Railroad & the Cleveland, Akron, & Columbus Railroad. 

Johnville – Washington Township
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Jones Corners – Richland Township
Post Office: 1861 – 1890
Location: 40.476635, -82.128970   
on County Rd 25 at the intersection of Township Highway 13 & County Highway 75
Remnants: former Jones house in the northeast corner of the intersection, Union Grove Cemetery about 3/4 of a mile east of the GPS coordinates on Township Highway 2 off of County Highway 25, other old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: It was founded by William Jones (1787 – 1848) from Massachusetts & Rebecca Jones (1786 – 1868) from Pennsylvania. They had several children, accumulated a 640 acre farm, & donated land for a school in the southwest corner of the intersection of County Rd 25 & Township Hwy 26. According to the county auditor’s website, the brick farmhouse they owned was constructed in 1820 & is currently listed as being if fair condition. William White (1815 – 1888) from Berkshire County, Massachusetts was somehow related to the family. He was the town’s postmaster for the vast majority of the office’s existence & inherited the Jones estate. Everyone mentioned in this listing was buried in Union Grove Cemetery. The present church structure was built long after Jones Corners faded into oblivion.

Lafayette – Prairie Township
Location: 40.629931, -81.923950   
on Main St at the intersection of SR 83 on the west side of Holmesville
Description: Lafayette is a ghost town due to a post office name change & expansion. It was platted in 1836, but there was already a post office with the same name in Ohio, so it went with Holmesville in 1837. Lafayette ended up being overtaken by the growing eastern side of town & was annexed into Holmesville in 1848. It continued to be the main business district until around 1870.

Mount Union (Union Village) (Zachstown) – Mechanic Township
Location: 40.453342, -81.901344   
on SR 83 at the 3-way intersection of County Hwy 150 & Co Rd 19 at the confluence of Doughty Creek & Bucks Run
Remnants: none known
Description: Originally called Zachstown, its first cartographic appearance was listed as Union Village in the 1875 county atlas on a 154 acre farm owned by Robert Long (1809 – 1888) & Frances R. Long (1823 – 1899) from Pennsylvania. The village had a small plat on the east side of the GPS coordinates & a school in the northwest lot of the intersection on the west side of Bucks Run. Its name changed again by 1906 & was listed as Mt. Union in the 1907 county atlas. Robert & Francis were buried with relatives in Oak Hill (Millersburg Oak Hill) Cemetery 3 & 1/2 miles east of the GPS coordinates on the south side of Co Hwy 59.

New Wheeling – Knox Township
Location: 40.584611, -82.191286   
on County Highway 23 along the Mohican River at the intersection of Township Highway 211
Remnants: none known
Description: none found

Portersfield – Monroe Township
Location: unknown
Description: The town was listed in the Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guides from 1837 – 1841. It’s unknown if any of the lots ever sold & Portersfield didn’t make it onto the 1861 county map.

Wardsville (Wards) – Clark Township (formerly German Township)
Post Office: 1828 – 1836
Location: unknown
Description: As we have seen in other places around the state, the process of natural selection also applies to towns. Jesse Ward platted Wardsville in the early to mid-1820s near the southern border of Clark Township. He was also the town’s postmaster. New Bedford was quickly platted afterwards in 1825 just across the border in Crawford Township, Coshocton County as Wardsville’s rival. It won the contest for population growth & local businesses, leaving Wardsville in the dust.

Wilmington
Location: unknown
Description: Wilmington was platted with 61 lots in 1815 on the west side of Killbuck Creek as the first village in the county. The spot had been chosen in anticipation of a proposed canal route through the area, but that ended up going toward Holmesville. The idea of Wilmington, which hadn’t made much progress anyway, was abandoned.

Huron County Ohio Ghost Towns

Blue Fly – Townsend Township
Location: 41.233412, -82.532216   
on County Hwy 250 at the intersection of Medusa Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: William Thompson built a tavern on the section of land southwest of the GPS coordinates in the mid 1800s & painted it blue. Local residents called it the Blue Fly & the town took on the same name.

Bronson – Bronson & Peru Township
Post Office: 1830 – 1867
Location: 41.176814, -82.639898   
on Peru Hollow Rd between SR 161 & Snyder Rd
Remnants: Bronson Cemetery at the GPS coordinates
Description: It was the first village in the township & was named after Isaac Bronson who owned most of the land in the early 1800s.

Carson – Ripley Township
Post Office: 1856 – 1883
Location: 41.002772, -82.558842 
on Edwards Rd at the railroad crossing between Plymouth East Rd E & Base Line Rd W
Remnants: none known
Description: Carson was on the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, & Indianapolis Railroad. It had a grist mill, saw mill, grocery store,  blacksmith shop & a school along Edwards Rd south of the railroad tracks in the mid to late 1800s.

Centreville
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Fiddlers Green – New London Township, Huron County & Ruggles Township, Ashland County
Location: 41.065638, -82.396689   
on SR 60 at the intersection of Town Line Rd 187 on the Ashland County border
Remnants: none known
Description: Fiddler’s Green was a small merchant & farming town. When the Big Four Railroad was built in New London in the early 1850s, the businesses of Fiddlers Green were physically moved there.

Germantown
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Half Way – Ridgefield Township
Location: 41.240945, -82.665690   
on Halfway Rd at the railroad crossing between US 20 & Washington Rd
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: The town name refers to its location between Monroeville & Norwalk. It sat on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway but didn’t have a train station.

Ives
Post Office: 1840 – 1846
Location: unknown
Description: It was founded by a branch of the Ives family in the area.

Lyme Station – Lyme Township
Post Office: 1824 – 1894
Location: 41.255172, -82.763927   
on Sand Hill Rd at the railroad crossing between US 20 & Opperman Rd
Remnants: Trinity Episcopal Church & Cemetery at the intersection of Young Rd & US 20
Description: The town sat on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. Some residents were buried in Trinity Episcopal Cemetery.

Miner
Location: unknown
Description: none found

New Salem – Norwalk Township
Location: 41.277030, -82.632094   
on Whittlesey Ave on the east side of the Huron River north of Lais Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: New Salem was a Monrovian missionary settlement from 1787 – 1793.

North Norwich – Norwich Township
Post Office: 1828 – 1856
Location: 41.124658, -82.773706   
on N Greenfield Rd at the intersection with Boughton Rd
Remnants: Boughton (North Norwich) Cemetery on the east side of Section Line Rd 30 S north of Old Military Rd
Descripton: This farming & postal town was founded by Naum Gilson (1793 – 1864) & Sarah “Sally” (Ormes) Gilson (1792 – 1876) who were farming pioneers of the county. They had a few children, & Naum was the postmaster for around 20 years. Naum & Sarah were buried with relatives & other early settlers in Boughton Cemetery

Ramey – Greenwich Township, Huron County & Ruggles Township, Ashland County
Location: 41.050636, -82.439014   
on US 250 at the intersection of Greenwich East Town Line Rd S
Remnants: none known
Description: Jane Ramey (1825 – 1907) was the town founder & proprietor. She was a widow & owned adjoining lots in Huron & Ashland County on the east side of the GPS coordinates. Ramey was on the B & O Railroad but didn’t have a train station & can be found on the 1891 Huron County Atlas & 1901 Cram Atlas.

Relief – Norwich Township
Location: 41.072833, -82.799627   
on Daniels Rd at the railroad crossing between Egypt Rd & Town Line Rd 12
Remnants: none known
Description: It was on the B & O Railroad but didn’t have a train station. The biggest families in the area were the Vogels & Willoughbys.

Reservoir – Lyme Township
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Sherman – Sherman Township
Post Office: 1825 – 1865
Location: 41.186550, -82.807104   
on Heyman Rd at the intersection with Pontiac Section Line Rd
Remnants: Jones (Sherman Township) Cemetery on the east side of Heyman Rd north of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was founded by Daniel Sherman (1790 – 1864) who owned the farm where the cemetery is. He turned down an appointment to be the postmaster, which then went to his neighbor Rufus Payne across Heyman Rd. There was also a general store in the northwest corner of the town intersection. Daniel was buried with his second wife, Laura (Hubbell) Sherman (1791 – 1873) in Riverside Cemetery on Norwalk St south of Monroeville.

Townsend Center  (East Townsend) – Townsend Township
Post Office: 1833 – 1905
Location: 41.248239, -82.491573   
on US 20 at the intersection of Hartland Center Rd
Description: Townsend Center is the former name of present day East Townsend. The name changed sometime between 1891 & 1901.

Union
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Yeomans
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Jackson County Ohio Ghost Towns

Abmac
Location: unknown
Description: It was on the Portsmouth Subdivision of the B & O Railroad between Hamden & Portsmouth in the early 1900s.

Bud – Jefferson Township
Post Office: 1888 – 1901
Location: unknown
Description: Bud was listed on the Ohio map in the 1901 Cram Atlas. It was in the northwest portion of Jefferson Township with William H. Brown serving as the postmaster.

Cambridge – Jefferson Township
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Coor
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Crabtrees Mills – Scioto County
Location: 38.964425, -82.777714
on Johnson Rd (Township Hwy 291) along the Little Scioto River between Spangenburg Rd & Crabtree Rd
Remnants: Providence Cemetery on Johnson Rd about 1/3 of a mile southwest of the GPS coordinates, Johnson Road (Crabtree) Covered Bridge about 1/3 of a mile southwest of the cemetery, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: The massive Crabtree family was one of the most well-known & prominent families in the county in the 1800s. A grist & saw mill constructed in 1823 next to the Little Scioto River by Colonel W. David Walton (1789 – 1850) from New Jersey was the first mill in the township. David sold the mill to Daniel White in 1829 & his family later became the first settlers of Cedar County, Iowa. Daniel sold the mill to William Crabtree (1804 – 1882) in 1834. The last owner was one of William’s sons, Enoch Crabtree (1824 – 1898). The mill was dismantled shortly after Enoch passed away. The Crabtrees were buried in Providence Cemetery which also had a church that was listed in the 1875 county atlas. Johnson Road Covered Bridge, also called Crabtree Covered Bridge, was built in 1869 – 1870 by Robert W. Smith who patented the Smith Truss which was used for its construction. The bridge was added to the National Register Of Historic Places in 1984 & restored in 2000.

Diamond Town – City Of Jackson (formerly in Lick Township)
Location: 39.058435, -82.652295
on Main St at the intersection of Main Pl along Salt Lick Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: Construction of an iron furnace just south of Salt Lick Creek near the GPS coordinates began in 1854 & was completed in 1855 with production starting in January of the following year. It was originally called Salt Lick Furnace & ended as Diamond Furnace. The town had a general store, a warehouse, & was along the Hillsborough & Cincinnati Railroad (Hillsboro & Cincinnati). In 1861 at the outbreak of the Civil War, the site became a mustering & training grounds called Camp Diamond for the 53rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Diamond furnace was the first in the country to use stone coal for fuel, but was unsuccessful in producing quality iron from the idea. It closed in 1867 & the town’s land was eventually annexed by Jackson. 

Eastburn – Liberty Township
Post Office: 1900 – 1904
Location: 39.104053, -82.755371
on Limerick Rd (Co Rd 25) along Pigeon Creek at the 4-way intersection of Big Rock Rd & McCune Cemetery Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Eastburn was a small farming town with a school on the east side of Limerick Rd north of the GPS coordinates. James L. Vance (1845 – 1933) & Sarah (Hooten) Vance (1851 – 1933) owned a general store. Sarah was the town’s postmaster. They were buried with relatives 2 miles north of the intersection in Limerick Cemetery on the east side of Savageville Rd (Co Rd 26).

Eckny – Hamilton Township
Post Office: 1893 – 1902
Location: It was in the northeast portion of Hamilton Township with Joseph W. Davis serving as the postmaster.

Erie – City Of Jackson (formerly in Lick Township)
Location: 39.049122, -82.618870
on Old US Hwy 35 between Triumph St & a dead end near US 35
Remnants: none known
Description: Erie was listed in the 1875 county atlas & had a plat around the GPS coordinates. The town had a small iron furnace owned by John H. Stephenson (1813 – 1877) from Virginia & Sarah (Shearer) Stephenson (1819 – 1905). They got married in 1840, had a few children, & were buried with relatives in Fairmount Cemetery about a mile north of the GPS coordinates on Fairmont St in Jackson.

Gee Town – Bloomfield Township
Location: 39.018956, -82.525833
on SR 327 at the intersection of Union Cemetery Rd along Dickason Run
Remnants: Gee Town (Union Cemetery) at the end of Union Cemetery Rd
Description: 
Gee Town was named after the Gee family that lived in the area in the mid to late 1800s. Most of the residents mined coal or worked at Keystone Furnace. We don’t have a lot of info on the place, other than it was instrumental in working with Keystone Furnace, but it can be found on Google maps in a field that looks like it once harbored a town. Gee Town had a train station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad, transporting iron & coal from the Bloomfield & Ridgeland Mines. Gee Town Union Methodist Church was formed in 1842. Jacob Gee (1868 – 1946) & Daisy (Barlow) Gee (1882 – 1964) were the town’s longest residents. They were buried in the Gee Town (Union) Cemetery on Union Cemetery Rd off of SR 327 with their children. Jacob’s parents, Stephen (1845 – 1909) & Rosinda (Sheilds) Gee (1844 – 1926), along with his paternal grandfather Martin R. Gee (1820 – 1878) are buried in Keystone Cemetery off of Bain Perkins Rd east of town. 

Green Meadow – Washington Township
Post Office: 1852 – 1856
Location: unknown
Description: County pioneer Thomas W. Leach (1797 – 1874) from Farquier County, Virginia was the postmaster. He married Nancy (Rose) Leach (1799 – 1878) in 1819 & had a few children. They were buried with relatives in Sigler Cemetery on the north side of Sigler Rd in Jefferson Township, Ross County.

Hewit (Hewitt) – Jefferson Township
Post Office: 1897 – 1902
Location: 38.903558, -82.637171
on SR 279 at the intersection of 4 Mile Rd (Co Rd 11) along Hewitt Run
Remnants: none known
Description: It was a small farming & postal town with coal & lead mines in the area. There was also a church with a separate Sunday school building across the road on SR 279 just west of Paul Crabtree Rd (Township Hwy 42) on land owned by Thomas T. Jones (1805 – 1883) & Mary (Edwards) Jones (1806 – 1871). They were born in Wales, married in 1826, & moved to the U.S. in 1838. John Morris (1857 – 1931) was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by Stephen Crabtree. Everyone mentioned so far in this listing was buried with relatives in Horeb Cemetery about 1 & 1/2 miles east of the GPS coordinates on the south side of SR 279. However, the origin of the town name, & that of the stream which runs through it, is a much more interesting story. They were named after the man who has since been dubbed “The Scioto Hermit”, War Of 1812 veteran William Hewitt (1764 – 1834) who moved to the area from Virginia & resided near the GPS coordinates for about 10 years. William remained another 23 years in Jackson County, living in caves & rudimentary cabins. He relocated into his last residence close to the Pike & Ross County border near Alma in 1820, a cave in the Scioto Valley where he spent the last 14 years of his life. There are 3 separate accounts of why William ended up living the life of a hermit, each said to have been shared in confidence by Hewitt himself to 3 different people he associated with over the years. One account, recorded in the 1900 Jackson county history book, is William’s father passed away just before he moved to Ohio & his family fiercely fought over the estate. Either being left out of the dividing, disgusted by it, or a little bit of both, William basically decided to become a hermit & not be influenced at all by worldy possessions. Another account, recorded in the 1871 Ross county history book, is he was married, left to go on a hunting hike, & didn’t expect to return for several days. William went back home that same night, encountered another man with his wife on the couch in their house, & left Virginia heartbroken. The third account, also recorded in the 1900 Jackson county history book, is pretty much the same as the second with the additional unconfirmed fact of William killing the encountered suitor. Whatever the true case was, William was famous even during his lifetime for his hermitage, especially during his last 14 years in the Scioto Valley cave. He passed away from pneumonia in Waverly while on a trading trip & was buried there. It was by no means the end of William’s strange tale though. Dr. William Blackstone (1796 – 1879), who attended to the hermit’s illness preceding his death, later exhumed Hewitt’s bones to mount a portion of the skeleton. That would, of course, be crazy & illegal these days, but it was a common scientific practice for physicians in the 1800s, usually with corpses that had no family to object to it. The doctor buried the leftover bones on his lot. They were discovered by a cellar digger in 1852, Edward Vester (1822 – 1902), who reinterred them in another part of the lot. Edward forgot about the discovery & accidentally dug them up again in 1883. The story of the bones hit the print news. A few days later Dr. Thomas Blackstone (1847 – 1912) of Circleville in Pickaway County, a nephew of William Blackstone, sent a letter stating that he had in his possession what he believed to be William Hewitt’s mounted skeleton, acquired from his departed uncle’s estate. The dug up bones were sent to Thomas & ended up being a perfect match, finally reuniting the skeleton after 50 years. What happened to the majority of it since then is a mystery, but the skull had been passed around Circleville as a gift over the following 66 years. The Ross County Historical Society received the skull by donation in 1949 & has preserved it ever since. Ironically, a monument to William Hewitt has almost endured as much chaos as the skeleton. It was erected in 1842 on top of his cave along what was back then the newly laid Columbus & Scioto Turnpike. The monument was moved to the state highway garage in Chillicothe in 1952. The road, present day US 23 / SR 104, was subsequently widened to 4 traffic lanes & unfortunately destroyed what was left of the cave. From there, the monument went to the entrance of the Scioto Trail State Park at the intersection of US 23 & SR 372 (Stoney Creek Rd). It now sits at what will hopefully be its final resting place near a replica log church in the Scioto Trail State Park campground at Caldwell Lake. William Hewitt’s ghost has reportedly been spotted wandering around George Hollow Rd & along the trails in the state park, enjoying the solitude he so desperately sought.

Jimes – Madison Township
Post Office: 1861 – 1903
Location: 38.876237, -82.495058
on SR 279 between Jimes Emory Rd (Co Rd 49) & Flat Woods Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: This small farming & postal town had a general store on the north side of the GPS coordinates. It had several owners & postmasters over the decades.

Latrobe (Latrobe Furnace) – Milton Township
Location: 39.070293, -82.513973
on Camine Rd between SR 124 & an unnamed road
Remnants: none known
Description: Latrobe Furnace was built in 1854 & was owned by Bundy, Austin, & Company (later Bundy & Cobb). Hezekiah Sanford Bundy (1817 – 1895) from Marietta was the principal owner. He also served in the U.S. House Of Representatives & the state senate. The furnace was named after a French immigrant who supervised its construction. Harvey Wells (1846 – 1896), who founded Wellston, managed the town’s general store for a few years. It also had school & some houses for workers. Furnace production stopped in 1885. Hezekiah Bundy & Harvey Wells were buried with relatives in Ridgewood Cemetery about 5 & 12 miles north of the GPS coordinates on Massachusetts Ave in Wellston.

Leach – Jackson Township
Post Office: 1883 – 1903
Location: 39.133513, -82.712965
on US 35 at the intersection of Erwin Hollow Rd
Remnants: old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: The original proprietors were Thompson Leach (1802 – 1896) from Farquier County, Virginia & Mary (Squires) Leach (1806 – 1892), who Thompson married in 1833 after the death of his first wife. They had 8 children & owned a saw mill & blacksmith shop on their farm in Jackson Township. The town also had 2 local schools, one on its west side & the other on the east side. Thompson was the first postmaster. George H. Green took on the office after Thompson died & the last postmaster was Charles H. Cosby (1843 – 1921). Charles was buried with relatives in Cosby (Crosby) Cemetery about a mile east of the GPS coordinates on the north side of Sour Run Rd. Thompson was buried with relatives in Evergreen Cemetery about 4 miles east of the GPS coordinates on the east side of Sour Run Rd.

Lewisville – Scioto Township
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Levi – Scioto Township
Location: 39.009170, -82.690102
on 5 Points Rd at the intersection of  Buckeye Church Rd
Remnants: Buckeye Cemetery on the north side of Buckeye Church Rd east of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town had a blacksmith shop in the southeast corner of the intersection & a school on the east side of Buckeye Cemetery where the present church stands. John Kennedy (1815 – 1855) from Pennsylvania was the first postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Buckeye Cemetery. John was succeeded as postmaster by Ezekiel Inman (1824 – 1906) who moved his family about as far west as one could go & was buried with relatives in Little Lake Cemetery on Lakeland Rd in Santa Fe Springs in Los Angeles County, California. The last postmaster was Louis Gillilan.

Limestone (Limestone Furnace) – Bloomfield Township
Location: 38.954810, -82.528721
on C H and D Rd (Co Rd 2) at the intersection of Township Hwy 135 along Symmes Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: The town had a small iron furnace, several mines, & a school along the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad.

Lincoln Furnace – Milton Township
Post Office: 1858 – 1864
Location: 39.127843, -82.453185
on Charles Bierhup Rd at the intersection of Kriebel Rd along Mulga Run
Remnants: Lincoln Furnace in the southwest lot of the intersection, Lincoln Cemetery about 1/2 mile northwest of the GPS coordinates on the west side of Lincoln Cemetery Rd north of SR 32
Description: It was originally called Iron Valley Furnace & was constructed in 1853 – 1855. 
The town had a mining office, company store, a couple dozen houses for workers, & was on a train track branch off of the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad. Coal, iron, & limestone mines were abundant around the area. The furnace was leased to William McGhee (1815 – 1871), who was one of the builders of Latrobe Furnace, & William Ratcliff in 1861. McGee bought out Ratcliff’s share & changed the name to Lincoln Furnace in 1863. During the Civil War, the furnace’s iron was used to make cannons for the Union Army by Charles Kapp & Company in Pittsburgh. After William McGhee passed away, one of his sons, James McGhee, continued to operate the furnace until 1884. Lincoln Cemetery was established on land owned by Adam W. Long (1831 – 1910) who was the town’s last postmaster. He was buried in Farimount Cemetery in Jackson. Lincoln cemetery is well-maintained & is an interesting site to explore along with the furnace.

Maple Grove – Coal Township
Location: 39.104671, -82.573541
on SR 778 at the intersection of Ed Davis Rd (Co Rd 86)
Remnants: old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: It was a farming town along the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad.

McKitterick – Madison Township
Location: 38.909195, -82.541269
on C H and D (Co Rd 2) Rd at the 4-way intersection of Swan Airport Rd & Cackley Rd
Remnants: McKitterick Cemetery in the woods on private property about 1/10 of a mile south of Swan Airport Rd west of C H and D Rd
Description: The town was named after a branch of the McKitterick family. It’s unknown how many residents were buried in the cemetery & what its current condition is. 

Morgantown – Coal Township
Location: 39.116121, -82.601970
on SR 93 along Pigeon Creek between Coalton & Altoona
Remnants: none known
Description: none found

Mountain Ridge (Tope) – Scioto Township
Post Office: 1840 – 1843
Location: 39.029199, -82.755856
on Beaver Pike (Co Rd 76) at the intersection of Tope Rd (295 – 1)
Remnants: Mountain Ridge (Tope) Cemetery 1/2 mile west of the GPS coordinates north of Beaver Pike
Description: The original proprietors John Tope (1797 – 1871) & Mary (Campbell) Tope (1801 – 1877) were born in Pennsylvania, married in 1830, & had a few children. They were buried with relatives & other early pioneers in the cemetery. John J. Halterman (1816 – 1866) from Shenandoah County, Virginia was the first postmaster. He later moved & was buried with relatives in Locust Grove Cemetery on SR 41 at the intersection of Cemetery Rd in Peebles, Adams County. Joel S. Merrill was the last postmaster.

Simpsons (Simpson) – Liberty Township
Post Office: 1879 – 1880
Location: 39.056129, -82.711303
on Harrison Rd (Township Hwy 236) along Buckeye Creek between Beaver Pike (Co Rd 76) & Jisco West Rd (Co Rd 82)
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded by an R. J. Simpson who owned a grist mill on the south side of Buckeye Creek & a 42 acre farm east of the GPS coordinates on a long gone road. Jacob B. Harrison was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by Robert Hanson. The town was along the Hocking Valley Railway in the late 1800s & outlasted the post office by a few decades, making it into the early 1900s before falling into obscurity.

Jefferson County Ohio Ghost Towns

Copes Mills – Brush Creek Township
Post Office: 1833 – 1860
Location: 40.573459, -80.757655
on Monroeville Irondale Rd at the intersection of Township Hwy 300
Remnants: Chestnut Grove Church & Cemetery in the southeast lot of the intersection
Description: The town was founded by Scottish immigrant Martin Adams (1778 – 1864) who was the first permanent settler in Brush Creek Township. He served as justice of the peace, owned a distillery & a horse-powered grist mill, & donated the land for Chestnut Grove Methodist Church & Cemetery. Its original church was a stone structure with construction beginning in 1838. Unfortunately, the mason passed away when the walls were only half done. The walls & roof were finished the following year, but construction wasn’t finally completed until 1847. The stone church was used until 1898 when it was replaced with the present wood frame building. The town’s first school was a log structure built in 1814. It was replaced by a frame building on the Clark farm in the mid-1800s west of the GPS coordinates in the southwest corner of the intersection of Monroeville Irondale Rd & Township Hwy 62. The frame school was later replaced by a brick structure (Brush Creek Township No. 2). Martin Adams sold a portion of his farm to Eli Cope (1811 – 1880). Eli’s brother Henry Cope (1797 – 1875) was the first postmaster. Another brother, Caleb Cope (1806 – 1869), was the second postmaster. Martin served as the town’s last postmaster. He was a lifelong bachelor & was buried with residents, including Eli & some of his relatives, in Chestnut Grove Cemetery.
 The church at Chestnut Grove is still standing but appears to have been abandoned for several decades. Henry was buried with relatives in Spring Hill Cemetery on Co Hwy 418 (10th St Exn) in Wellsville in Columbiana County. Caleb moved to Columbiana County & was buried there with relatives in Grove Hill Cemetery on Cemetery Rd in Hanoverton. 

Daysville – Wayne Township
Location: 40.334321, -80.838656
on County Rd 22A between Beacon Ridge Rd & Unionport Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were Cyrus Day (1795 – 1860) & Mary (Long) Day (1796 – 1886) who owned a large farm on the north side of the GPS coordinates. They were both born in Pennsylvania, got married in Jefferson County in 1816, & had 12 children. Daysville had a school on County Rd 22A west of the GPS coordinates. It lost the town competition to Bloomingdale (formerly Bloomfield) prior to publication of the 1856 county map & fizzled out around that time. Cyrus & Mary were buried with relatives & other residents of Daysville in Bloomingdale Cemetery 1 & 1/2 miles east of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of High St & Fernwood Bloomingdale Rd. 

Dogtown – Cross Creek Township
Location: 40.325624, -80.743136
on the north side of Fernwood Bloomingdale Rd at the intersection of Dawson Rd
Remnants: Saint James Episcopal Cemetery on the north side of Fernwood Bloomingdale Rd 1 mile southwest of the GPS coordinates
Description: Dogtown wasn’t mentioned in any of the county history books, but it had a blacksmith shop & wagon shop listed near the GPS coordinates on the 1856 county map & a church at Saint James Cemetery. Some residents, including members of the Armstrong & Underwood families who lived in town, were laid to rest in Saint James Cemetery.

Elliottsville – Knox Township
Post Office: 1833 – 1874
Location: 40.486396, -80.608231
Description: on Co Hwy 7f along the Ohio River between John F. Kennedy Hwy (Co Hwy 47) & SR 152 (Stewart St)
Remnants: none known
Description: It was on the Cleveland & Pittsburgh Railroad & had a general store, tavern, & a blacksmith shop. James W. Elliott was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by John C. Elliott who was the last postmaster. Although Elliottsville was listed on an 1898 railroad map, the town didn’t last much longer than that.

Fells – Cross Creek & Wells Township
Post Office: 1902 – 1907
Location: 40.291180, -80.718135
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were Albert N. Fell (1852 – 1940) & Melissa (McDevitt) Fell (1853 – 1949). They got married in 1882, had 3 children, & Albert was the town’s postmaster. Albert & Melissa were buried with dozens of relatives in New Alexandria Cemetery a few miles east of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of SR 151 (New Alexandria Rd) & Chappel Hill Rd.

Florencedale – Smithfield Township
Post Office: 1904 – 1912
Location: unknown
Description: Florencedale was on the Lake Erie, Alliance, & Wheeling Railroad northwest of Piney Fork. It had a coal mine called Florence operated by the Witch Hazel Coal Company. Daniel Rensi (1873 – 1953) was the postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Mount Calvary Cemetery on Mt Calvary Ln in Steubenville.

Hayti (McIntyre Settlement) – Wayne Township
Location: 40.305583, -80.780871
on McIntyre Rd between Township Hwy 177 & Smithfield Station – Weems Rd (Co Rd 25)
Remnants McIntyre African Methodist Episcopal Cemetery & Shaffer Chapel AME Church at the GPS coordinates
Description: Hayti was founded by a group of slaves freed by Nathaniel Benford from Charles City County, Virginia in 1829. It was also known as the McIntyre Settlement for being along McIntyre Creek. The town comprised of a 260 acre farm paid for by Nathaniel & purchased by Robert Ladd from Thomas Mansfield. It had a Methodist church established in 1845, a Baptist church established in 1870, & a school. The farm was divided up between the descendants of the freed slaves as they reached adulthood, with each receiving anywhere from 5 to 15 acres.

Kelleys (Kellys) – Springfield Township
Location: unknown
Description: Kelleys was on the Lake Erie, Alliance, & Wheeling Railroad & had coal mines owned by the Kelley family. It was northwest of Bergholz in Springfield Township along SR 524.

Mooretown (Pravo) – Ross Township
Post Office: 1823 – 1892 & 1892 – 1907
Location: 40.519079, -80.832755
on Bergholz New Somerset Rd (Co Hwy 53) at the intersection of State Park Mooretown Rd at the confluence of Ralson Run & Yellow Creek
Remnants: Mooretown Methodist Episcopal Cemetery on the south side of Bergholz New Somerset Rd about a 1/2 mile west of the GPS coordinates, Yellow Creek Cemetery on the south side of Bergholz New Somerset Rd about 3/4 of a mile west of the GPS coordinates, historical marker at Yellow Creek Cemetery, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: 
Mooreown had a saw mill, grist mill, general store, blacksmith shop, a Methodist church at Mooretown Cemetery, & a Presbyterian Church at Yellow Creek Cemetery. The original proprietors were War Of 1812 veteran Mordecai Moore (1782 – 1851) & Mary (Laughlin) Moore (1781 – 1828) from Fayette County, Pennsylvania. They moved to Ross Township in 1815 & had 7 children. Moredecai greatly improved salt manufacturing on Yellow Creek & founded Moore’s Salt Works. He served a term in the state legislature & several terms as county commissioner. Thomas George (1780 – 1868) from Pennsylvania was the first postmaster. He married Jane (Hunter) George in 1800. They were the first permanent settlers in Ross Township, had 10 children, & planted the first apple orchard in the township. Thomas also served in the state legislature, was an associate judge, & an avid abolitionist. The George family hid many escaped slaves along their way to hopeful freedom in their house on the “Underground Railroad”. John E. George (1865 – 1948), a great-grandson of Thomas & Jane, was the last postmaster of the office that was called Moore’s Salt Works. The office’s & town name changed to Pravo in 1892. Edward W. Goodlin (1870 – 1920) was the last known postmaster of the Pravo office. He later moved to Cuyahoga County & was buried with relatives in Brooklyn Heights Cemetery on Broadview Rd in Cleveland. Everyone else mentioned in this listing was laid to rest in Yellow Creek Cemetery.

Onslow – Cross Creek Township
Location: unknown
Description: Onslow was on the Pan Handle Route (Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad) about halfway between Fernwood & Gould in the late 1800s.

Rhodesdale – Wells Township
Post Office: 1905 – 1929
Location: unknown
Description: It was along Plum Run in Wells Township.

Knox County Ohio Ghost Towns

Clinton – Morris & Clinton Township
Post Office: 1810 – 1819
Location: 40.412894, -82.499002
on SR 13 (Cassell Rd) along the Kokosing River between Green Valley Rd & Crestview Dr
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded in 1804 by Samuel Hoy Smith (1776 – 1862) from New York & had hopes of eventually becoming the county seat. The town was platted along what was then called Owl Creek, now the Kokosing River. Samuel opened a general store in 1807, a hotel, tavern, tannery, was the first postmaster, the first surveyor of Knox County & was a Freemason. Clinton was growing well with businesses & residences, better than Mount Vernon in every imaginable way. As the story goes, a panel of 3 commissioners were appointed in 1808 to decide what town should be named the seat. Clinton & Mount Vernon were the 2 towns at the top of the short list. The residents of both towns knew the commissioners were on their way to visit. When the panel arrived in  Mount Vernon, its were busily engaged in working & showing off their town in a respectful manner. As the commissioners left to check out Clinton, some of the residents of Mount Vernon quickly took to the side trails & made it to Clinton before the commissioners. They were intentionally rude, rowdy, & disrespectful while the panel was in Clinton, & the seat was subsequently awarded to Mount Vernon. However, it wasn’t until after the close of the War Of 1812 that Mount Vernon surpassed Clinton in being a better town. Despite the loss of the seat, Clinton continued to thrive for a few years. The town was home to the first post office established in the county, the first church, & the first printing press which ran a newspaper & printed the first books. Clinton also had a chair factory, several stores, hotels, tanneries, & a mill. The loss of seat was a continual problem though & Clinton kept declining in stature until its legal existence was terminated in 1818. There were around 30 residences remaining at the time. Samuel later moved to Texas & was buried there with relatives in Farrsville Cemetery on the west side of FM 1415 north of TX-63 in Newton County.

Cornish – Monroe Township
Location: 40.422829, -82.382021
on Cornish Rd along Schenck Creek  between Vincent Rd & Monroe Mills Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Bishop Philander Chase (1775 – 1852) was born in Cornish City, New Hampshire, a town founded by his father. After living in a few other states, Philander purchased 8,000 acres of land in Knox County. He founded Kenyon College on the land in 1824. On the undeveloped 4,000 acre half, Philander laid out Cornish in 1829 & named it after his hometown. It appears to have only been a town on paper though & none of the lots were ever sold. Philander moved to Michigan for a few years & then went on to Illinois where he founded Jubillee College in 1838. He was buried with relatives in Jubillee Cemetery on W Jubillee College Rd in Peoria County, Illinois.  

Darlings (Owl Creek) – Butler Township
Post Office: 1816 – 1845
Location: 40.372892, -82.224731
on Staats Rd (Township Hwy 200) at the intersection of Busenberg Rd along the Kokosing River
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were Abraham Darling (1780 – 1871) from Bedford County, Virginia & Rhoda (Shrimplin) Darling (1787 – 1865) from Maryland. Abraham moved to Ohio in 1806 with his father, Revolutionary War veteran William Darling (b. 1756) in Virginia. Abraham & Rhoda were married in 1824, owned a farm on the northeast side of the GPS coordinates between Staats Rd & the river, & had 14 children. Abraham was the postmaster. The town was never platted & didn’t have any population booms. Abraham & Harriet moved to Fulton County, Illinois where they were buried in Hart (Beatty / Clay) Cemetery on the north side of US 24 west of Cardinal Ln.  

Fleaville (Fleaville City) – Pleasant Township & City Of Mount Vernon
Location: 40.388141, -82.463894
on SR 229 (Gambier Rd) at the intersection of S Edgewood Rd along Center Run
Remnants: none known
Description: Its main industry was a brewery in the southwest corner of the intersection where a Baptist church presently stands. The brewery was established in 1835 by Jacob Kurtz. It was last spotted in the 1871 county atlas with John Bechtol (1817 – 1880) from France & Margaret (Artner) Bechtol (1832 – 1908) as the owners. Fleaville made it into the 1896 county atlas, but fell off of maps shortly after that. John was buried with relatives in Calvary Cemetery on Mansfield Ave in Mount Vernon.

Front Royal – Jackson Township
Location: 40.298719, -82.261775
on Front Royal Rd (County Rd 61) at the intersection of Kerr Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Front Royal was platted in 1831 as the first village in Jackson Township & had a general store, blacksmith shop, & a school. It was abandoned by the residents in the mid-1800s after discovering that the title to the land that the lots were on wasn’t good. The area subsequently reverted back to farmland.

Genoa Station – Jefferson Township
Location: unknown
Description: The only reference to the town was found in the 1877 Geology Of Knox County.

Hains (Haines) (Ten Mile Settlement) – City Of Mount Vernon (formerly in Clinton Township)
Location: 40.364847, -82.479759
on SR 13 (Neward Rd) at the intersection of Glen Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: This farming & mill town was founded by settlers from Ten Mile in Washington County, Pennsylvania. The first grist mill in the county was constructed in the settlement by Ebenezer & Abner Brown in 1804 with the help of the neighborhood. Henry Hains also arrived around that time with his family. He served as the first county treasurer from 1808 – 1815 & the town took on the Hains name. Although the area was never abandoned, the town itself didn’t last long. Henry reportedly battled with temporary insanity several times during his life & was found dead in 1817 by a self-inflicted hanging. There are accounts of some of his strange behavior in the county history books, including the day of his demise. Sadly, if living in modern times, he likely would have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. 

Harrison
Location: unknown
Description: Harrison was platted 1816 by Jacob Lepley (1777 – 1861) from Somerset County, Pennsylvania & Susan (Critchfield) Lepley (1784 – 1869). They were married in 1800 & had a few children. Jacob served as a justice of the peace in Union Township in 1809 & a judge in Jackson Township in 1815. There’s no record of any of the lots in Harrison having been sold. Jacob & Susan moved to Holmes County & later Coshocton County where they were buried with relatives in Monroe Cemetery on the south side of Township Rd 130 between Co Rd 132 & Township Hwy 324 in Monroe Township.

Hollisters(Zuck) – Butler Township
Location: 40.383321, -82.248024
on Zuck Rd (Township Hwy 201) along the Kokosing River between SR 715 & Staats Rd (Township Hwy 200)
Remnants: Hollister Cemetery at the GPS coordinates
Description: Hollisters distantly preceded Zuck as a town, which had a post office at the same location from 1880 – 1903. Abel Hollister Jr. (1771 – 1847) from Litchfield County, Connecticut & Aranah (Terrill) Hollister moved to the area in the early 1800s & had several children. Abel’s father was a Revolutionary War veteran. The cemetery has what was once an very nice stone wall with a small iron gate. Although its by no means in pristine condition, the wall is holding up well to the test of time for its age. The last known interment was in 1861. Zuck is still listed as a populated place but the old town is gone. It was named after Stephen Zuck, one of the owners of a grist & saw mill complex called Green Valley Mills on the north side of Owl Creek, now the Kokosing River. The town also had a general store & the population in 1900 was around 40 residents. The post office closed due to lack of use though & the Great Flood Of 1913 wiped out the remaining businesses & residences.    

Houcks – Hilliar Township
Location: 40.293408, -82.724348
on US 36 (Columbus Rd) at the intersection of Dill Rd (Township Hwy 102)
Remnants: Houck Cemetery at the GPS coordinates
Description: It was the first settlement in Hilliar Township & was founded by James Houck (1783 – 1883) & Sarah (Shadley) Houck (1784 – 1863), 
Jacob Houck (1787 – 1850) & Rhoda (Jennings) Houck (b. 1786), along with the family of Joseph Jennings. Jacob & James were brothers. Their father, Revolutionary War veteran William Houck (1753 – 1836) from Maryland, built the first blacksmith shop in the township on Jacob’s farm. The building was used for the town’s school after he retired. Jacob ran a tavern in the settlement, served as township recorder, justice of the peace, & platted Centerburg in 1817.  James was a township trustee, treasurer, & donated land for the cemetery & a new log school in 1823. William & Jacob were buried with relatives in Houck Cemetery. James & Sarah were buried with relatives in Homer Cemetery in Licking County about 12 miles southeast of town on the north side of Homer Rd NW. 

Magnetic Springs – Morris Township
Location: unknown
Description: It was 2 miles north of Mount Vernon. The town name always refers to natural spring in the area with large amounts of mineral content.

Maple Grove – Berlin Township
Post Office: 1849 – 1860
Location: 40.527098, -82.524976
on Roberts Rd (Township Hwy 379) between Yankee St & Quaker Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were county pioneers Richard Roberts (1789 – 1877) from Frederick County, Maryland & Sarah (Garrison) Roberts from New York (1796 – 1872). They had 10 children, 9 daughters & one son. Richard was the postmaster & enjoyed talking about the state’s early days, especially in evenings around the fireplace in the family’s old cabin during winter. Richard & Sarah were buried with relatives in Quaker (Friends) Cemetery about 2 & 1/2 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Zolman Rd (County Rd 69) & Friends Ln in Middlebury Township. 

New Lexington
Location: unknown
Description: It was platted by Robert Griffin in 1816.

Pleasant Valley (Pleasant Grove) – Brown Township
Location: 40.490080, -82.352806
on SR 3 (Wooster Rd) along Little Jelloway Creek at the 4-way intersection of Nunda Rd & Apple Valley Rd
Remnants:  none known
Description: Pleasant Valley has a saw mill next to Little Jelloway Creek in the 1860s – 1870s on land owned by John A. Feaster. A school (Brown Township No. 8) was north of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of SR 3 & Sapps Run Rd.

Rossville (Rosstown) – Union Township
Post Office: 1878 – 1882
Location: 40.441793, -82.260778
on US 62 at the intersection of Flat Run Rd (County Rd 40)
Remnants: Workman Cemetery south of the intersection on the west side of US 62
Description: The town was platted just south of Danville in 1871 by Jacob Ross (1825 – 1906) & Nancy (Workman) Ross (1826 – 1901), around the time when the railroad arrived in the area. It rapidly grew & attracted all of the imaginable businesses of the era with well over 200 citizens. The plat of Buckeye City was squeezed between Danville & Rossville by J.C. Tilton in 1880. It was stated in the 1881 county history book that “The three villages will, no doubt, in course of time be consolidated.” The prediction turned into fact in 1923 when Rossville & Buckeye City were annexed by Danville. However, as fate would have it, Rossville fell off of the maps but Buckeye City still retains its identity as a named neighborhood of Danville. Workman Cemetery was established on land formerly owned by Nancy Ross’s parents. Jacob & Nancy had 6 children & were buried with relatives in the cemetery. 

Wolfes (Wolf) – Harrison Township
Post Office: 1844 – 1863
Location: 40.339954, -82.358157
on Hopewell Rd at the intersection of Grove Church Rd (County Rd 31)
Remnants: Union Grove Cemetery, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: The Wolfe family is of German descent & arrived in the county in the early 1800s. George Wolf was the first postmaster & held the office until the late 1850s. Simon Bonnet was his only known successor. The office was listed as Wolf in postal records. Union Grove Cemetery was established around 1823 & the original Disciple log church was built in 1832 on land owned by Nathaniel Ross (1794 – 1882) & Sarah (Hair) Ross (1794 – 1868). They married in 1817, moved to Ohio from Greene County, Pennsylvania, & had 8 children. A wood frame church replaced the log structure in 1841 & there
 was a school on the south side of Hopewell Rd east of the GPS coordinates. After surviving the “Burlington Storm” in May 1825, a destructive tornado that caused much damage to the Ross farm & countless others in the state, another tornado swept through the area on September 2, 1845. One of the Ross daughters, Rachel Ann (1822 – 1845), was instantly killed by a falling log. Some of the houses & farm buildings near the GPS coordinates date back to the town’s postal days. Nathaniel & Sarah Ross, along with Rachel Ann & other relatives, were buried in Union Grove Cemetery. There are over 80 known Wolfe family members buried in the cemetery & many more scattered throughout the county.

Lake County Ohio Ghost Towns

Arcole (Ellensburg)  (Harper’s Landing)  (Madison Dock) (Mascot) – Madison Township
Post Office: 1837 – 1851, 1839 – 1841, & 1898 – 1899
Location: 41.849515, -81.008067 
on Dock Rd at the intersection of Lakeshore Blvd along Arcola Creek
Remnants: Dock Road Cemetery on the east side of Dock Rd between Cunningham Rd & Chapel Rd
Description: The town had 2 iron furnaces, The Arcole Steam Hot And Cold-Blast Charcoal Furnaces. The first one was built in 1825 by Root & Wheeler & the second was built by Wilkeson & Co. in 1832. The Arcole Iron Works produced stoves, kettles, & several other heavy castings in the foundry. It was once the largest employer in the state. Ship building & fishing were also important industries in the area. The furnaces & foundry were along Arcola Creek south of the GPS coordinates with a post office from 1837 – 1851. Charles F. Swan was its first postmaster & was succeeded by John W. McGinnis. Ellensburg was platted at the GPS coordinates next to Lake Erie as the docking point for incoming supplies & shipping out finished products. It had a post office from 1839 – 1841 & was also known at various times as Harper’s Landing, Madison Dock, & Mascot with a post office from 1898 – 1899. Many residents were buried in Dock Road Cemetery.

Clarks – Concord Township
Location: 41.650046, -81.241490   
on SR 44 between Girdled Rd & Capital Pkwy
Remnants: none known
Description: Clarks sat along the Pittsburgh & Western Railroad (later bought by the B & O). It had a school (Condord Township No. 7) southwest of the GPS coordinates on the north side of Girdled Rd just west of Auburn Rd on land donated by the Woodruff family.

Hampshire – Concord Township
Post Office: 1842 – 1843
Location: unknown
Description: It was listed in the 1843 A Table Of Post-Offices In Ohio, Arranged By Counties, Townships, And Towns as being 3 miles from Painesville.

Heisley (Heisley Station) – City Of Mentor (formerly in Mentor Township)
Location: 41.697267, -81.307327   
on Heisley Rd at the railroad crossing between Hamilton Dr & Tyler Blvd
Remnants: none known
Description: Heisley had a train station on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. These days, a business zone on the southeast side of the GPS coordinates called Heisley Road Commerce Park & residential subdivision to its northeast still use the former town’s name.

Hobarts Corners – City Of Kirtland (formerly in Kirtland Township)
Location: 41.583910, -81.369054 
on US 6 at the intersection of Hobart Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded by Joshua Hobart (1809 – 1892) & Lucy (Heath) Hobart (1814 – 1893). They moved to Ohio from New Hampshire & had at least one child. The town had a school on the south side of US 6 just west of Hobart Rd. Joshua & Lucy were buried with relatives in Waite Hill Village Cemetery on Waite Hill Rd 3 miles north of the intersection.

Hopkins (Hopkins Point) – City Of Mentor (formerly in Mentor Township)
Location: 41.720486, -81.342134   
on SR 283 (Lakeshore Blvd) at the intersection of Hopkins Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Daniel Hopkins (1790 – 1867) from Vermont & Anna (Churchill) Hopkins (1804 – 1898) from New Hampshire. They got married in Ohio in 1820, had 11 children, & owned a 500 acre farm. The New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad rolled through the area in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Daniel & Anna were buried with relatives in Mentor Municipal Cemetery at 7881 Hopkins Rd south of the intersection.

Judds Corners – Concord Township
Location: 41.661620, -81.196514   
on SR 608 (Concord Hambden Rd) at the intersection of Girdled Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Its proprietors were Samuel Judd (1792 – 1875) & Marcia (Welton) Judd (1795 – 1872) who moved to Ohio from Connecticut & had a few children. Samuel was the postmaster of the Concord office in 1852. They were buried with relatives in Welton Cemetery on Goodwin Rd in Burton, Geauga County. Justin N. Day (1812 – 1876) & Abigail (Briggs) Day (1816 – 1892) moved to Ohio from New York & owned a cabinet shop on the south side of Girdled Rd northeast of the GPS coordinates. They were laid to rest with relatives in Evergreen Cemetery on Main St in Painesville.

Kniffins Corners (Breakman) – Leroy Township
Post Office: 1890 – 1901

Location: 41.659667, -81.129540  
on SR 86 (Painesville Warren Rd) at the intersection of Kniffen Rd
Remnants: Brakeman (Peters) Cemetery on the north side of SR 86 between Kniffen Rd & Brakeman Rd, South Leroy Meeting House in the southwest corner of the intersection of SR 86 & Brakeman Rd, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: Kniffins Corners & Proctor Corners are ghost towns within the current populated place of Breakman which is listed on Google Maps. We will try to get it all sorted out here as chronologically & cartographically as possible. South Leroy Meeting House, a Methodist church, was constructed from 1822 – 1832 by Henry Brakeman (1785 – 1869) from New York & his sons at what would become Breakman Corners at the intersection of SR 86 & Brakeman Rd. There were a couple of local blacksmiths in the mid-1800s. A grist & saw mill with a lumber yard was along Bates Creek at what would later become Proctor Corners at the intersection of SR 86 & Leroy Thompson Rd (County Hwy 203). They were owned by Otis A. Warner Sr. (1800 – 1885) & employed many residents. Hill House (Hillhouse) post office was originally at Kniffins Corners & moved to Leroy Center. In the mid-1800s to early 1900s, there were 2 local schools along SR 86, Leroy Township No. 1 at Breakman Corners & Leroy Township No. 7 at Proctor Corners. Sometime prior to publication of the 1898 county atlas, the Kniffin family moved to the area with brother & sister George W. Kniffin (born c. 1855) & Allie B. Kniffin (born c. 1860) owning around a combined 200 acres of land on the north side of SR 86 at the GPS coordinates. During that time period, Breakman Corners was was still centered around the intersection of SR 86 & Brakeman Rd. It had a post office from 1890 – 1901. Most of the Warner farm was bought by Edward Proctor (1841 – 1916), turning that area into Proctor Corners before 1900. Breakman ended up absorbing both Kiffins & Proctor while its center shifted further east in the mid-1900s. South Leroy Meeting House was added to the National Register Of Historic Places in 1979. A restoration consisting of new siding & a fresh coat of paint began in 2015 & has since been completed. Henry Brakeman & Otis Warner Sr. were buried with relatives in Brakeman (Peters) Cemetery. Edward Proctor was laid to rest with relatives in Maple Grove Cemetery about 4 & 3/4 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates on the south side of Leroy Thompson Rd in Thompson Township, Geauga County. The burial locations of George & Allie Kniffin are unknown. Their family surname was spelled as Kniffen in some branches & in certain historical records.  

Marsh Settlement – City Of Mentor (formerly Mentor Township)
Location: 41.725800, -81.338800   
on Harbor Dr in the Mentor Marina
Remnants: historical marker at the GPS coordinates
Description: It was platted in 1797 by Charles Parker of the Connecticut Land Company as the first settlement in Lake County. Mentor grew out of the settlement.

New Market (Skinner’s Landing) – Painesville Township
Location: 41.740973, -81.260103
on Skinner Ave at the intersection of N St Clair St along the Grand River 

Description: The town was platted in 1803 by Revolutionary War veteran Captain Abraham Skinner (1755 – 1826) from Connecticut, who also founded & platted Fairport. In 1788 he married Mary (Ayers) Skinner (d. 1812) & had 5 children. They moved to New Market with Abraham in 1805 after he returned to Connecticut to get them. The town had 3 warehouses, a general store, 2 taverns, & a distillery, but was abandoned as other towns in the area were growing much more rapidly. Abraham & Mary were buried with relatives in Evergreen Cemetery on Main St in Painesville.

Pease Mill – Concord Township
Location: 41.668845, -81.183901   
on Girdled Rd at the intersection of Cascade Rd along Big Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded in 1852 by David Pease (1815 – 1890) from Massachusetts & Lucy (Dean) Pease (1817 – 1857) from Rock River, OH. David built a mill on Big Creek for turning wood to make furniture & small wares, selling items at fairs & expos in local towns & big cities to increase its profit. He also planted a maple & walnut grove in Pease Hollow to replenish the trees he used. The mill collapsed due to heavy snows in 1963. David remarried after his first wife passed away & was buried with relatives in Evergreen Cemetery on Main St in Painesville.

Rush Road – City Of Willowick (formerly in Willoughby Township)
Location: 41.621437, -81.457893   
on E 305th St (formerly Rush Rd) at the railroad crossing between US 20 (Euclid Ave) & N Marginal Dr
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway & was named after the family of Richard Rush (1847 – 1919) & Ella (Gould) Rush (1857 – 1949) who owned land on Rush Rd & had a few children. They were buried with relatives in S.O.M. Road Cemetery in Willoughby Hills.

Wheeler (Trumbulls Mills) – Madison Township
Post Office: 1834 – 1838 & 1889 – 1900
Location: 41.735035, -81.045272  
on  SR 528 (S Madison Rd) at the intersection of Griswold Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Wheeler was originally called Trumbulls Mills & had a grist & saw mill on the south side of the Grand River owned by the Trumbull family in the early to mid-1800s. The mill site was in what is currently Hidden Valley Park on Klassen Rd. The post office called Trumbulls Mills operated from 1834 – 1838 with John Ransom serving as postmaster. A school was on the north side of River Rd between SR 528 & Bailey Rd. There was also a cheese factory at the mill site which was pinpointed in the 1874 county atlas. The mills were sold several times over the passing decades of the 1800s & the school from the mid-1800s was replaced with a newer one (Madison Township No. 6) at the same location. Edward P. Wheeler was the first postmaster of the Wheeler office. He was succeeded by Harriet (Marsh) Sparks (1846 – 1919). Harriet was buried with relatives in Fairview Memorial Park 2 miles north of the GPS coordinates on the east side of SR 528.

Worden – City Of Wickliffe (formerly in Willoughby Township)
Location: 41.621324, -81.475000   
on Worden Rd at the intersection of Elgin Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Noah Worden (1778 – 1864) from Connecticut who moved to Ohio in 1809. He had 7 children & remarried after his first wife passed away. It was a farming town & had a school in the mid-1800s. Noah was buried with relatives in Willoughby Village Cemetery on Sharpe Ave.

Lawrence County Ohio Ghost Towns

Cherryville – Aid Township
Post Office: 1890 – 1917
Location: 38.610883, -82.530982
on Sharp’s Creek Rd (Co Rd 19) between Martin Rd & Symmes Creek Rd along Sharps Creek
Remnants: former school on the north side of Sharp’s Creek Rd about a mile east of the GPS coordinates, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: Cherryville was a small farming town with a school. Residents were also employed in the local mining industry. John C. Martin (1851 – 1924) was the postmaster. He was buried with relatives about 8 miles southwest of town in Sugar Creek Cemetery on the north side of SR 141. Some other residents of Cherryville were buried in Aid Cemetery 3 miles east of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of SR 141 & Sharp’s Creek Rd.

Dean – Elizabeth Township
Location: 38.668266, -82.647441
on SR 373 (Texas Hollow Rd) between SR 93 & Dean Forest Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was named after Lovead Dean (1820 – 1894) from Taunton, Massachusetts. It had a train station on the Iron Railroad (later bought by the Dayton & Ironton Railroad) & was home to coal mines owned by the Belfont Iron Works. Lovead was its vice president & the company operated a furnace in Ironton. The town also had a couple of stores & a school. Lovead Dean  was buried with relatives in Woodland Cemetery on Carlton Davidson Ln in Ironton. 

Ensee – Windsor Township
Post Office: 1890 – 1903
Location: 38.507318, -82.426885
on Greasy Ridge Rd (Co Rd 2) at the intersection of McKinney Creek – Slate Run Rd
Remnants: Cox Family Cemetery on the east side of Greasy Ridge Rd just south of the GPS coordinates, Pomaria Church & Cemetery on McKinney Creek – Slate Run Rd just northwest of the GPS coordinates
Description: Ensee was named after a type of apples modified from Rome Beauty seeds & were originally grown around 1880 by Nelson Cox (1828 – 1902) who moved to Lawrence County from Cable County, West Virginia. The word Ensee is derived from the pronunciation of his name’s initials. Nelson married Lydia (Gardner) Cox (1830 – 1918) & had at least 6 children. They purchased the orchard farm in 1854 from Lydia’s brother Roswell Gardner (1828 – 1912). Roswell contracted the “Western Fever”, which wasn’t a deadly illness, but simply the desire to move west seeking fortune & new opportunities as so many did during that era. He lived in Illinois for a while & later moved back east. Local residents laughed at the thought of Nelson & Lydia ever attaining success in the fruit industry. However, they expanded the orchard to 60 acres in 1860, mostly growing apples & a few other fruits. The harvests were abundant, & suddenly it seemed, the skeptical residents weren’t laughing about it anymore. Nelson & Lydia built a new house in 1870 & donated land & funds for the construction of 
Pomaria Church in 1871. There was also a school on the west side of Greasy Ridge Rd north of intersection of Slate Run Rd. One of the Cox’s sons, Elton G. Cox (1863 – 1921), was the town’s first postmaster & continued the family’s orchard business with his company called E. G. Cox Fine Fruits. Nelson & Lydia were buried with relatives in Cox Cemetery. Elton was buried with relatives in Rome – Proctorville Cemetery 7 & 1/2 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates on the northwest side of County Rd 411 in Rome.

Gold Camp (Goldcamp Station) – Elizabeth Township
Location: 38.646102, -82.739480
on SR 650 along Pine Creek between SR 522 (Superior – Lawrence Furnace Rd) & Little Pine Creek Rd (Co Rd 27)
Remnants: portions of the former railroad track bed, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: Gold Camp had a train station on the Detroit, Toledo, & Ironton Railroad. The land for the station was donated by Ferdinand H. Goldcamp (1837 – 1916) & Mary (Monnig) Goldcamp (1839 – 1916). They had 10 children & a nice farm of 143 acres. The 2nd generation established a hardware store chain called Goldcamp Brothers & Company & purchased a mill in 1887, renaming it the Goldcamp Milling Company. Both of those enterprises were based in Ironton. Henry I. Goldcamp (1873 – 1956) continued farming on the old family homestead. He married Margaret (Gallagher) Goldcamp (1879 – 1974) in 1898 & had 9 children. Ferdinand & Mary were laid to rest with over 60 relatives in Calvary Cemetery on the east side of Carlton Davidson Ln in Ironton.

Grant Town – Union Township
Location: 38.442088, -82.405923
on Old State Rte 7 at the intersection of Pvt Dr 1188 along the Ohio River
Remnants: none known
Description: It was an early pioneer settlement in section 26 of Union Township that couldn’t keep up with its nearby rival Quaker Bottom in section 25, which enjoyed continued success & eventually turned into Proctorville. 

Ida – Windsor Township
Post Office: 1892 – 1908
Location: 38.566796, -82.426923
on Greasy Ridge Rd (Co Rd 2) between Capper Ridge Rd (Township Rd 228) & Venisonham – Greasy Ridge Rd (Township Rd 141)
Remnants: Perkins Ridge Baptist Church & Cemetery at the GPS coordinates, Perkins (Holderby) Cemetery on private property on the west side of Greasy Ridge Rd about 1/2 mile north of the GPS coordinates
Description: Ida had a school (Windsor Township No. 8) on the east side of Greasy Ridge Rd north of the GPS coordinates on land owned by Abner Holderby (1809 – 1895) from Cabell County, West Virginia & Elizabeth (Thompson) Holderby (1827 – 1915). Lauren Alonzo Gossett (1869 – 1947) was the only known postmaster. He married Carrie (Gillett) Gossett (1873 – 1956) in 1891 & had a few children. The ridge was named after the Perkins family who moved to Ohio from North Carolina in the early 1800s. Some members of the Perkins, Holderby, & Gossett families were laid to rest in Perkins Cemetery. Most of the town’s residents were buried in Perkins Ridge Cemetery.

Iron Rock – Hamilton Township
Location: 38.560103, -82.738265
on US 52 along the Ohio River between Rock Hollow Rd (Co Rd 128) & Happy Hollow
Remnants: none known
Description: Iron Rock was on the Scioto Valley Railway just west of Hanging Rock & was listed in the 1887 county atlas.

Israel – Perry Township
Post Office: late 1840s – 1860
Location: 38.503321, -82.583529
on SR 243 at the intersection of Deering Bald Knob Rd
Description: It was mentioned as a postal town in volume 1 of A Standard History Of The Hanging Rock Iron Region Of Ohio. Israel was also listed on page 53 in the 1868 Atlas Of The State Of Ohio in the northwest quarter of section 5 & stretching west into the northeast quarter of section 6. The location later turned into the town of Deering (Dearing) which had a post office from 1884 – 1907 & is still a populated place.

Jep
Post Office: 1900 – 1917
Location: unknown
Description: Edward Brohard (1869 – 1930) from West Virginia was the first postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Calvary Cemetery on Carlton Davidson Ln in Ironton.

Johns Creek – Aid Township
Post Office: 1887 – 1903
Location: 38.671416, -82.568770
on Etna – Waterloo Rd (Co Rd 4) along Johns Creek at the intersection of Johns Creek Rd (Township Hwy 94)
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description:  It had a church &  a school (Aid Township No. 4) on land donated by War Of 1812 veteran Walter Neal Jr. (1786 – 1873) & Deborah (Arnot) Neal (1783 – 1843). They were from Bedford County, Virginia & moved to Harrison Township, Gallia County. Walter & Deborah also owned several hundreds of acres of land in Aid Township & passed most of it down to their children. Hugh McIntyre (1832 – 1920) was the town’s postmaster. He married a granddaughter of Walter & Deborah, Mary Jane (Neal) McIntyre (1840 – 1907), in 1862 & had 7 children. They were buried with relatives in Woodland Cemetery on Carlton Davidson Ln in Ironton. Walter & Deborah were buried with relatives in Landthorn Cemetery on private property in the woods east of Clay Lick Rd (Township Hwy 702) in Harrison Township, Gallia County.

Kennedys Cross Roads – Rome Township
Post Office: 1857 – 1863
Location: unknown
Description: It was founded by a branch of the Kennedy family in the county.

Kerrsville – Union Township
Location: 38.468822, -82.442620
on SR 243 along Symmes Creek between McKinney Creek Rd & Eaton Rd
Remnants: Kerr Cemetery on private property on the south side of SR 243 at the GPS coordinates about halfway between the road & Symmes Creek
Description: Kerrsville was listed in the Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guides (formerly the Ohio Gazetteer; Or Topographical Dictionary) from 1829 – 1841 & contained around 10 – 12 houses. Although they didn’t found the town & it fell off of maps in the mid-1800s, William M. Kerr (1810 – 1891) from Pennsylvania & Caroline Kerr (1827 – 1885) were lifelong residents & its most prominent citizens. They owned a large farm, had several children, & were buried with some relatives & other townspeople in the cemetery. 

Long Hollow – Decatur & Elizabeth Township
Location: 38.673263, -82.635952
on SR 373 (Dean Forest Rd) at the intersection of Texas Hollow Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Long Hollow was along the Detroit, Toledo, & Ironton Railroad. The original proprietors were Hiram Campbell (1810 – 1896) from Kentucky & Sarah (Woodrow) Campbell (1815 – 1892) from Highland County. They had 4 children, owned half of Decatur Township, & held extensive interests in the county’s iron furnace, mining, & railroad industries. Hiram served in the state legislature & was a cousin of John Campbell (1808 – 1891) who founded Ironton in 1849. Long Hollow had around 20 residences, freight scales on the north side of Texas Hollow Rd, & a school on the west side of SR 373 north of the GPS coordinates. Hiram & Sarah were buried with relatives in Woodland Cemetery on Carlton Davidson Ln in Ironton. They lived in a 24 room mansion that was built in Ironton in 1850. It still stands at 321 N 5th St.

Manker (Mancker) – Lawrence Township
Post Office: 1897 – 1917
Location: 38.589227, -82.512792
on SR 141 at the intersection of De Loss Creek Rd (Co Rd 116)
Remnants: none known
Description:
William S. Mays (1868 – 1917) was the postmaster. The office name changed from Mancker to Manker in 1898 & was discontinued when William passed away. He was buried with relatives 7 miles southeast of town in Mays Cemetery in the woods on the east side of Neds Fork Rd (Co Rd 53).

Montreal – Fayette Township
Post Office: 1894 – 1907
Location: 38.437273, -82.541172
on Solida Rd at the intersection of Private Drive 2396 along Solida Creek
Remnants: former general store on the east side of Solida Rd at the GPS coordinates, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: The former general store is now a private residence. It was constructed in 1880 & was owned by Willard F. Moore (1858 – 1933) & Mary Ann (Faverty) Moore (1868 – 1960). They got married in 1887 & their store made it into the county atlas later that year. Louis A. McKee (1857 – 1944) was the postmaster. He was buried with relatives a mile south of the GPS Coordinates in McKee Cemetery #2 in the woods on the east side of Pvt Rd 1543. Willard & Mary Ann were buried with relatives in Woodland Cemetery on Carlton Davidson Ln in Ironton.

Moulton – Decatur Township
Location: 38.717599, -82.632061
on SR 93 at the intersection of Waterloo – Mt Vernon Rd along Pine Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were John Henry Moulton (1843 – 1910) & Maria (Campbell) Moulton (1845 – 1921). John was an ironmaster & established the Sheridan Coal Works in 1867. Maria was a daughter of the pioneer industrial moguls Hiram & Sarah Campbell. They married in 1869 & had 6 children. John also worked with his father-in-law & Maria’s brothers in iron manufacturing. The town was on the Detroit, Toledo, & Ironton Railroad. John & Maria were buried with relatives in Woodland Cemetery on Carlton Davidson Ln in Ironton.

Sedgewick (Sedgwick) – Upper Township
Location: 38.551147, -82.702258
on McPherson Ave at the intersection of Thomas St in Ironton
Remnants: Sedgwick United Methodist Church on the north side of Reynolds St southwest of the GPS coordinates
Description: It was listed in the 1887 county atlas as a separate town & was eventually annexed into Ironton. The church was constructed in 1907.

Strobel – Upper Township
Post Office: 1903 – 1912
Location: 38.548702, -82.616186
on SR 141 along Sugar Creek at the intersection of Branch Sugar Creek Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Strobel was a small postal town just east of Hecla. Charles P. Stanley (1858 – 1955) was the postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Sugar Creek Cemetery west of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of SR 141 & County Rd 44 S.

Vesuvius (Vesuvius Furnace) – Elizabeth Township
Post Office: 1883 – 1902
Location: 38.605014, -82.630379
on Ellisonville – Paddle Creek Rd (Co Rd 29) at the intersection of Sugar Creek Ridge – Vesuvius Rd N along Storms Creek on the south side of Lake Vesuvius
Remnants: Vesuvius Furnace & historical marker on the northeast side of the GPS coordinates, Vesuvius Cemetery in the woods on the north side of Ellisonville – Paddle Creek Rd between the Main Loop Trail & the furnace
Description: Named after the Italian volcano, the first furnace at Vesuvius was built in 1833 by Samuel Gould, John Hurd, & Joseph Smith. It was cold blast, meaning the air wasn’t heated before entering. The owners decided to try building a hot blast furnace, which was a relatively new concept at the time. Construction on the second furnace began in 1836 & it successfully became the first hot blast furnace in the country, employing a couple hundred residents in various industries related to the iron production. The town was on the Iron Railroad & had the usual amenities of a furnace community including a company store, school, grocery store, & a blacksmith shop. The furnace changed ownership several times over the passing decades. One of the owners, Joseph Work Dempsey (1818 – 1852), was tragically killed in an accident at the furnace when the scaffolding he was on collapsed. The furnace continued to operate until taking its last breath in 1905 & closing the following year. Lake Vesuvius was constructed in the early 1930s to create a local recreational destination. The accompanying park offers many outdoor activities & is an ideal place for a picnic. Vesuvius Furnace was added to the National Register Of Historic Places in 1990 & has had the benefit of some preservation efforts. Its original large retaining wall is a sight not found at the other furnace sites around the state.  Joseph Dempsey was buried with relatives in Woodland Cemetery on Carlton Davidson Ln in Ironton. About 100 of the town’s residents were buried in Vesuvius Cemetery.  

Whitehouse – Windsor Township
Location: unknown
Description: It was in section 17 of Windsor Township.

Windsor Cross Roads (Windsor X Roads)
Post Office: 1840 – 1850
Location: unknown
Description: William G. Robinson (1830 – 1869) was the postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Rome – Proctorville Cemetery on the northwest side of County Rd 411 in Rome.

Licking County Ohio Ghost Towns

Albion
Location: unknown
Description: It was listed in The Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guide from 1837 – 1841 as a village in the county.

Belfast
Location: unknown
Description: Belfast was listed in the 1876 Centennial History Of Licking County, Ohio as a “virtually extinct village”.

Blanchard (Blanchard Settlement) – Granville Township
Location: 40.109554, -82.518590
on SR 661 (North St) at the intersection of Cambria Mill Rd
Remnants: former one-room schoolhouse on the east side of SR 661 about 1/2 mile south of the GPS coordinates, old farm buildings in the area
Description: The town was founded by Joseph Blanchard (1770 – 1859) & Nancy (Waite) Blanchard (1772 – 1851). They were born in Massachusetts, had several children, & moved to Ohio from Maine in 1818. Joseph & his 4 sons owned a wagon shop & built other wooden necessities such as spinning wheels & chairs. Blanchard had a school (Granville Township No. 8) on the west side of SR 661 on land owned by the Gates family prior to its last school built on the east side of SR 661 which is now a private residence. Joseph & Nancy were buried with relatives in Old Colony Burying Ground on S Main St in Granville. The cemetery is an impressive site to explore with many early county pioneers & war veterans laid to rest there.

Bowling Green – Madison Township
Location: unknown
Description: It was along the Licking River approximately 5 miles east of Newark & had a church.

Canonsburgh – Newton Township
Location: unknown
Description: Canonsburgh was about 3 miles north of Newark on the south bank of Dry Creek (formerly part of Brushy Fork). 

Central City – City Of Heath (formerly in Licking Township)
Location: 40.034677, -82.470716
on the railroad junction east of Keller Dr & south of Faye Dr NE
Remnants: none known
Description: Central City was at the junction of the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad & the Toledo & Ohio Central Railroad in the late 1800s to early 1900s.

Cook Settlement (Appleton) – Bennington Township
Location: 40.209282, -82.616680
on Appleton Rd at the 4-way intersection of Van Fossen Rd (Township Hwy 4) & Cooper Rd NW (Township Hwy 60)
Description: Cook Settlement was established around 1815 & preceded Appleton as a village. It was founded by War Of 1812 veteran Captain Isaac Cook (1780 – 1856) & Titus Knox (1784 – 1866). The village served as a stopping point in the southern portion of the township for traveling settlers. Some stayed & some moved on. Titus Knox & Carey Mead platted Appleton next to the site of Cook Settlement in 1832. They named it after Appleton Downer who was a successful lawyer from Zanesville & owned much of the land in the township during its early years. Appleton didn’t get any population booms & was never a large town, but continues to maintain its existence. It also has a few stories of the past to tell, which are quietly held in the walls of some of the old buildings around town as well as in the county history books. Captain Cook was buried in Chestnut Grove Cemetery on Grove Dr in Ashtabula, Ashtabula County. Titus Knox was laid to rest in Sunbury Memorial Park on West Cherry St in Sunbury, Delaware County. 

Cox
Post Office: 1859 – 1861
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Denmans Cross Roads (Cooksey) (Reform) – Perry Township
Post Office: 1880 – 1889
Location: 40.137859, -82.250263
on Reform Rd NE (Co Hwy 232) at the intersection of Mary Ann Furnace Rd (Township Hwy 243) along Brushy Fork
Remnants: Smith Chapel & Cemetery a mile south of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Reform Rd NE & Montgomery Rd NE (Township Hwy 243A), old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: The original proprietors were Zenas Denman (1791 – 1871) from Sussex County, New Jersey & Jane (Smith) Denman (1799 – 1874) from Frederick County, Virginia. They were married in 1816, had a nice farm, & several children. Although the family was living at the crossroads for several decades, the town wasn’t listed on a map by its name until the 1875 county atlas. It was mentioned in the 1881 county history book & had a general store, blacksmith shop, & a shoe shop at the time. The store opened in 1857 & was owned by Lucius Hoyt (1835 – 1910) & Isabella (Denman) Hoyt (1841 – 1896), a daughter of Zenas & Jane. In the 1880s, the town also went by the name Cooksey, matching the post office in the store with Lucius being the postmaster. Its unknown exactly how & why the Cooksey family received that honor, but they were rising in prominence as industrious farmers. After the post office closed, the town started going by the name of Reform around 1900. Zenas & Jane were buried with relatives in Hanover Cemetery 5 miles south of town on the north side of Rock Haven Rd NE. Lucius & Isabella were buried with relatives & other early residents in Smith Chapel Cemetery. The church is still in operation & Reform is a currently populated place which pops up on Google Maps. 

Etniers (National Road Station) (Atherton) – Licking Township
Location: 39.960337, -82.437697
Post Office: 1884 – 1925
on US 40 (National Rd SE) at the intersection of Lancer Rd SE
Remnants: former train station on the north side of the GPS coordinates
Description: Founded by the Etnier family in the county, the town had a post station on a pony express line running along the National Road in 1836 – 1837. Mail was run by 2 carriers through this portion of Ohio, one from Zanesville to Etniers & the other from Etniers to Columbus with fresh hoses spread out every 5 miles. 
Sometime between publication of the 1854 county map & 1866 county atlas, Simeon Etnier (1814 – 1881) from Pennsylvania, enlarged the family farm from its previous 60 acres to 260 acres on the southeast side of the GPS coordinates. The Hocking Valley Railroad (later bought by the Newark, Somerset, & Straitsville Railroad & eventually the B & O) rolled through the area for many decades. The former train station was called National Road & is now a private residence & the T. J. Evans Recreational Trail starts there & heads north on the previous railroad bed. After Simeon’s death, the town started going by the name of Atherton & had a regular post office. The first postmaster was James Oliver Davis (1841 – 1902). He was succeeded by a son, John Franklin Davis (1869 – 1939). They were buried with relatives in Fairmount Cemetery about 3 miles east of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of US 40 & Fairmount Rd. Atherton still a populated place & is listed on Google Maps. Simeon was buried with relatives in Jacksontown Cemetery 2 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates on the east side of SR 13 (Jacksontown Rd). 

Exeter
Location: unknown
Description: Exeter
 was listed in the 1876 Centennial History Of Licking County, Ohio as a “virtually extinct village”.

Green (Raccoon Town) – Monroe Township
Post Office: 1857 – 1893
Location: 40.181015, -82.742417
on SR 37 (Johnstown – Alexandria Rd) at the intersection of Downing Rd (Township Hwy 45)
Remnants: former school on the south side of the intersection
Description: The proprietors were brothers from Virginia, George Green (1779 – 1862) & Charles Green, who were the first settlers in the area. They purchased what was Raccoon Town along Raccoon Creek from a group of Wyandot Native Americans in 1807. Early pioneer Elizabeth (Barler) Kasson (1799 – 1868) from Shenandoah County, Virginia was the first postmaster. She married Daniel Kasson (1801 – 1884) from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in 1819 & had 11 children. Daniel Tippet (1813 – 1883) from Maryland was the next postmaster. His wife Elizabeth Tippett (1820 – 1899) took on the position after Daniel passed away. The former school on the south side of the GPS coordinates was pinpointed in the 1875 county atlas & was constructed on land owned by James Hill (1853 – 1871). Everyone mentioned in this listing was buried in Green Hill Cemetery 3 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates on the south side of SR 37.

Idlewild Park (Idlewilde Park) – City Of Heath & City Of Newark
Location: 40.042504, -82.432835
on S 21st St at the intersection of Idlewilde Ave
Remnants: old houses in the area
Description: Idlewilde Park was on the grounds of Newark Earthworks. James F. Lingafelter (1859 – 1924) leased the site from the Licking County Agricultural Society & opened an amusement park called Idlewilde Park in 1898. Over the years, the park contained a theater, dance pavilion, bowling alley, a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, & several other attractions. It became a resort with a hotel & restaurant along with 4 ponds for boating & swimming. The park had a stop on the Newark Consolidated Electric Railway interurban line, which also connected to Buckeye Lake Amusement Park about 9 miles to the south. James Lingafelter was guilty of shady business dealings & was prosecuted for forgery & embezzlement. The park went into new management & the name changed to Rigel Park. It couldn’t compete with Buckeye Lake Park though & eventually closed. The agricultural society deeded the site to the county in 1927 & the county deeded it to the Ohio Historical Society in 1933. The state historical society restored the earthworks as much as possible. It became a National Historic Landmark in 1964. James Lingafelter was buried with relatives in Wilson Cemetery on SR 657 (Marion Rd NE) on the north side of Newark.

Kibler
Location: unknown
Description: It was named after a branch of the Kibler family in the county.

Livingston
Location: unknown
Description: It was founded by a branch of the Livingston family in the county & was mentioned in the 1876 
Centennial History Of Licking County, Ohio as a “virtually extinct village”.

Lockport – City Of Newark (formerly in Newark Township)
Location: 40.053821, -82.418690
on West Main St at the intersection of Union St
Remnants: none known
Description: Lockport was platted along the Ohio & Erie Canal in 1830 by former county surveyor James Holmes Jr. (1785 – 1848) from Pennsylvania & Corrington Searle (1790 – 1865) from Connecticut who was the mayor of Newark in 1829. It was named after the town’s canal locks, had a school, mill, & grocery store, & was also on the 
Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad. Lockport still appeared on maps as a separate town in the early 1900s, but was eventually annexed into Newark. James Holmes Jr. was buried with relatives about 9 & 1/2 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates in Luray Cemetery on the south side of Refugee Rd SW. Corrington Searle was buried with relatives in Woodlawn Cemetery on Pershing Rd in Zanesville, Muskingum County.

Long Run (Longrun) – Eden & Fallsbury Township
Post Office: 1858 – 1904
Location: 40.206696, -82.285343
on Long Run Rd at the intersection of Rain Rock Road Northeast (Co Hwy 244) along Long Run
Remnants: Long Run Church in the northwest lot of the intersection, old farm buildings in the area
Description: The proprietors were neighbors who lived across the intersection from each other. John J. Edwards (1831 – 1907) & Julia Ann Edwards (1833 – 1863) owned a 110 acre farm on the north side of the intersection & donated land for Long Run Church around 1856. Julia tragically died just 4 days after the death of her last child, having at least 2 sons who departed this world before her as toddlers. Early pioneers 
James Wilson Colville (1795 – 1878) & Leah (Baker) Colville (1800 – 1886) owned a 156 acre farm on the south side of the intersection. They were both born in Virginia, married in Ohio in 1827, & had at least 8 children. James was the town’s first postmaster. The Edwards & Colville families were buried in Souslin Cemetery 2 miles southwest of town on the west side of Baker Rd NE. Elza Dush was the second postmaster & Charles Baker was the town’s last postmaster.

Maryann (Mary Ann Furnace) – Mary Ann Township
Location: 40.118779, -82.286637
on Hickman Rd NE at the intersection of Montgomery Rd NE (Township Hwy 243) along Rocky Fork
Remnants: none known
Description: David Moore from Pennsylvania arrived in Licking County in 1808. He operated a general store in Newark was the postmaster there from 1809 – 1818. David already had the idea of smelting iron in the future when he built a saw mill along Rocky Fork in 1815. The following year, he began construction of a cold blast furnace & a grist mill to accommodate workers & residents. David invited the few neighbors there was back in those days to celebrate the completion of the furnace, which he named after his wife at the time. War Of 1812 veteran Abraham Claypool Wilson (1776 – 1830) christened the furnace in with the flinging of a whiskey bottle against its side & later that year the newly formed township went with the name of Mary Ann as well. The town surrounded the intersection & was home to dozens of workers who held jobs in various industries related to the furnace operations. The furnace switched to steam in 1847 & continued operating for several more years. One of the main goods produced with the quality iron was Mary Ann Stoves which were extremely popular in the early to mid-1800s & used to heat hundreds of buildings such as schools, bars, churches, & some homes. Pots, pans, & kettles were a few of the smaller items produced with the furnace’s iron. Unfortunately, the genealogy on the Moore family is sketchy, to put it mildly, & we must skip over to avoid passing on any incorrect information.  

Morus Hill – Fallsbury Township
Post Office: 1842 – 1849
Location: unknown
Description: Joseph Mather was the town’s first postmaster. He was succeeded by Abraham D. Larason (1814 – 1886). Abraham was buried with relatives in Martinsburg Presbyterian Cemetery on US 62 (N Market St) in Martinsburg in Clay Township, Knox County.

Moscow – Union Township
Location: 39.961115, -82.464050
on US 40 (National Rd) at the intersection of Mill Dam Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Moscow was platted in 1830 by Daniel Green (1791 – 1857) from Allegany County, Maryland & one of his brothers, William Green (1799 – 1855). They were sons of the first settlers in the county, Revolutionary War veteran Benjamin Green (1755 – 1833) & Catharine (Beem) Green (1760 – 1821), who arrived in the area in 1800.
 Moscow’s plat was in the southwest side of the GPS coordinates between Mill Dam Rd & South Fork Licking River. Daniel built a grist mill around the time Moscow was founded & later built a saw mill. The town was last listed by its name in the 1866 county atlas & was described as “nearly passed away” in the 1881 county history book. Daniel was buried with his parents, wife Elizabeth (Pitzer) Green (1796 – 1860) also born in Allegany County, Maryland, & other relatives in Beard – Green Cemetery about 4 miles northeast of town in Dawes Arboretum. William’s first wife was Sarah (Pitzer) Green (1804 – 1828). She was born in Ohio, a sister of Daniel’s wife Elizabeth, & was also buried in Beard – Green Cemetery. William moved out of Ohio & was buried with relatives, including his second wife Eliza (Brown ) Green (1808 – 1865), in Rochester Cemetery on Cemetery Rd off of SR 38 in Cedar County, Iowa. 

Mount Hope (Mt. Hope) – Bowling Green Township
Location: 39.954438, -82.312151
on US 40 (National Rd) at the intersection of Mt. Hope Rd
Remnants: old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: It grew up with the string of towns along the National Rd & was listed as a platted town in the 1854 county atlas. The plate was in the northeast corner of a 126 acre farm owned by Benjamin Orr (1799 – 1855) from Fayette County, Pennsylvania & Sarah (Dusthimer) Orr (1800 – 1887) from Loudon County, Virginia. Mount Hope later lost its status as a town & was mentioned as a “virtually extinct village” in the 1876 
Centennial History Of Licking County, Ohio. However, the community continued to go by the same name for several more years as it was about halfway between Linville & Brownsville. Benjamin & Sarah had at least 5 children & were buried with relatives 4 miles west of town in Fairmount Cemetery at the intersection of US 40 & Fairmount Rd.

New Winchester
Location: unknown
Description: The town 
was listed in the 1876 Centennial History Of Licking County, Ohio as a “virtually extinct village”.

Oberlin – Eden Township
Location: 40.229004, -82.334669
on Purity Rd NE (Co Hwy 209) at the intersection of Camp Ohio Rd (Co Hwy 210) along Rocky Fork
Remnants: old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: James Shannon (1810 – 1899) & Summerfield (Priest) Shannon (1812 -1897) founded Oberlin around 1856 when they opened a general store next to Rocky Fork near the intersection. James was a butcher by trade & also tried to get a post office in the store, but that never happened. Letters were unofficially left there for resident to pick up though. The store went into new ownership a few times, was destroyed by fire in 1880, & subsequently rebuilt. Oberlin also had a small grist mill & a blacksmith shop. James & Summerfield had at least 6 children & were buried with relatives 5 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates in Souslin Cemetery on the west side of Baker Rd NE.

Rowville – Franklin Township
Post Office: 1860 – 1862
Location: unknown
Description: It was in the northwest portion of the township with Jacob J. Row (1839 – 1896) as postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Franklin Township (Saint John Church) Lutheran Cemetery on Linville Rd SE along Swamp Run between Cotterman Rd SE (Township Hwy 301) & Flint Ridge Rd (Co Hwy 312).

Logan County Ohio Ghost Towns

Bellville – Lake Township
Location: unknown
Description: Belleville was platted in the mid-1810s as the first town in Lake Township & was intended to be the future county seat. Its proprietors also wanted Logan to be named Belleville County. Neither of those hopes ever happened. The location was about 1/4 mile south of the county fairgrounds on Lake Ave somewhere between US 68 & Ludlow Rd (County Rd 1). Edwin Mathews built a tavern in Belleville, Dr. Emanuel Rost ran a general store, & there was a distillery along Blue Jacket Creek close to its railroad overpass. Belleville quickly attained a reputation for being a rough & rowdy town, which at least partly led to its early demise. Bellefontaine was platted just to the north in 1817 & quickly attained the plans Belleville once had. Some of Belleville’s residents moved to Bellefontaine & the rest of its buildings were left to be overtaken by time & nature.

Buckongehelas – Lake Township
Location: unknown
Description: It was a Native American town named after Delaware Lenape Chief Buckongehelas (1720 – 1805). He was one of the signers of the Treaty Of Greenville in 1795. The location of the town was about 3 miles north of Bellefontaine along Bokongehalas Creek.

Cherokee – McArthur Township
Post Office: 1832 – 1849
Location: 40.437895, -83.793499
on SR 274 at the intersection of Co Rd 39
Remnants: Harrod Cemetery on the south side of Township Hwy 56 about 2 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates
Description: Robert Edminston, Dr. Saumuel Morton, & Alexander Thompson platted Cherokee in 1832. It became an important stagecoach stop & had 2 hotels, several stores, 3 blacksmiths, 2 wagon shops, & a few saloons, schools & churches over the course of its existence. Joseph Robb (1810 – 1865) was the town’s first postmaster & also ran a general store. He was buried with relatives in Zanesfield Cemetery 11 miles southeast of Cherokee on Co Rd 153. As promising as the towns future was, it missed out on attracting the Mad River & Lake Erie Railroad which ended up going through Huntsville instead, platted in 1846 just a mile northwest of Cherokee. The stagecoach business & hotels of Cherokee instantly suffered due to the railroad & kept the town from growing. Kemp Carter (1807 – 1881) from Virginia was the town’s last postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Harrod Cemetery. Cherokee was down to around a dozen residences in 1800 & made its mark on the 1890 county atlas. It’s still a populated place & pops up on Google Maps, but the old town is gone & there are newer residences in the area.

Downingsville – Rushcreek Township
Post Office: 1839 – 1847
Location: 40.406244, -83.658299
on SR 47 at the 4-way intersection of County Rd 5 N & Township Rd 273
Remnants: graves of Mary & John Jasinsky on the north side of Township Rd 273 west of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was founded on land owned by Mary Magdalene (Rudy) Jasinsky & John Frederick Jasinky (1790 – 1868) from Pennsylvania. It was passed down to Mary by her father Jacob Rudy Sr. (1763 – 1844). The Jasinsky family were farmers & ran a general store near the intersection. John was the town’s postmaster. Although they intended to eventually plat the town, that never happened & Downingville faded away after losing its post office. John & Mary were buried at the southern edge of their farm next to Township Rd 273. Jacob Rudy was buried with relatives in New Salem Cemetery 3 miles southeast of town on the south side of SR 540 between County Rd 5 N & Township Rd 126 in Jefferson Township.

Flatwoods (Flat Woods) – Bokescreek Township
Location: 40.440427, -83.594420
on SR 292 (Hamilton St) at the intersection of Co Rd 119
Remnants: none known
Description: Flatwoods was an African American settlement founded in 1854 by Christopher Williams (1822 – 1872). A Baptist meeting house in the northwest corner of the intersection & a school on the south side of County Rd 119 were constructed around 1864. Solomon Day Jr. (1841 – 1883) was one of the first teachers. A frame church was built next to the school in 1879 & was used by the town’s Baptist & Methodist congregations. Christopher Williams was buried with relatives & residents of Flatwoods in Day Cemetery about 5 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates on the south side of T-127 between Co Rd 12 & Township Rd 126 in Jefferson Township. The cemetery was established in 1842 on land owned by Solomon Day Sr. (1788 – 1855) from Virginia & Ann (Barnhill) Day (1801 – 1872) from Pennsylvania. 
The school closed in 1923, was moved to its present location while facing potential demolition in 1999, & has a historical marker with more info.

Gest
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Hooleys (Yoder) – Liberty Township
Location: 40.295882, -83.770012
on T-188 at the intersection of Township Hwy 249
Remnants: McKees Creek Church at 4750 US 68, McCraken Cemetery on private property on the west side of Township Rd 32 S north of McKees Creek, old houses & farms in the area
Description: It’s unclear exactly when the town went by its 2 different names, but it was along the Cincinnati, Sandusky, & Cleveland Railroad. There was an older church structure listed in the 1875 county atlas at the site of current-day McKees Creek Chapel. A school (Liberty Township No. 4) was on a 68 acre farm northwest of the GPS coordinates between T-188 & US 68 near the present end of Virginia Dr. David K. Hooley (1843 – 1904) & Phoebe (Hartzler) Hooley (1845 – 1901) owned the farm during publication of the 1890 county atlas. By that time, the Yoder family accumulated over 1200 acres of land spread throughout the township. Some early residents were buried in McCraken Cemetery north of McKees Creek. Although it is on private property, the cemetery is well taken care of & access can be obtained. David & Phoebe Hooley were buried with relatives in Fairview Cemetery 3 miles south of the GPS coordinates on the west side of US 68 in West Liberty. The Yoders had a huge family & hundreds of descendants. Many were buried in Fairview Cemetery & Yoder Cemetery 3 miles west of the GPS coordinates on the west side of County Rd 1 between E – T190 & E – T30.

Howell (North Alexandria) (White Town) – Rushcreek Township
Post Office: 1830 – 1845
Location: 40.504153, -83.694889
on US 68 at the intersection of SR 273
Remnants: Miami Cemetery 2 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Township Rd 51 E (T-51) & Co Rd 5
Description: The proprietors of the post office were Israel Howell from New York & Elizabeth (Hill) Howell who were married in Logan County in 1826. Israel was also former justice of the peace. William White platted North Alexandria at the location in 1832. It was often referred to as White Town. John Fry & Felt Bowers both ran general stores & the town had a log schoolhouse. We were unable to find extensive genealogy records on the town’s main residents. They were likely buried with currently unreadable gravestones along with their relatives in Miami Cemetery. John Deerwester Sr. laid out the cemetery in 1832 & ironically became the first interment. Over 20 of the residents buried in the cemetery reportedly perished from “milk sickness”, obtained by drinking milk from cows that were eating a poisonous weed called white snakeroot. The numbers of affected citizens in the state & Midwest were reduced as the land became better cultivated. One of the most famous people to perish from the same poisoning was Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy (Hanks) Lincoln, in 1818.   

Mackachack – Monroe Township
Location: 40.249554, -83.728794
on T-47 (Township Rd 47) along Macochee Creek south of SR 245 (Baird St)
Remnants: historical marker on the grounds of Mac-A-Cheek Castle
Description:  This Shawnee Native American town was partially on the grounds of Mac-A-Cheek Castle & had a council house. Famed frontiersman & war veteran Simon Kenton (1755 – 1836) was forced to run the “gauntlet” 9 times while in captivity, including one at Mackachack in 1778. The town was later destroyed by a detachment of the Kentucky Militia on October 6, 1786 led by General Benjamin Logan (1742 – 1802). Some of the Native American artifacts put on display by Abram Sanders Piatt (1821 – 1908) in Mac-A-Cheek Castle were acquired from remains left by the Shawnees of Mackachack.  

Mark – Stokes Township
Post Office: 1859 – 1865
Location: 40.459562, -83.993705
on Co Hwy 23 between Robinson Rd (Co Rd 225) & Myers Rd
Description: The town was founded by Adam Franks (1821 – 1909) from Columbiana County & Rhoda (Page) Franks (1825 – 1892) from New York. They were married in 1841, had 4 children, & a 160 acre farm. Adam was a carpenter, served in the Ohio Volunteer Infantry, & was the town’s postmaster. The Franks moved around a lot, living at various times in Illinois, Iowa, & Tennessee, but ended up back in Ohio. Mark had a school (Stokes Township No. 8) north of the GPS coordinates on the east side of Co Hwy 23 on land owned by the Powell family & a Methodist Episcopal church in the southwest corner of the intersection of Co Hwy 23 & Myers Rd. Adam & Rhoda Franks were buried with relatives in Plum Cemetery 6 miles southeast of town on the north side of Co Rd 54 between C-60 & SR 235 in Washington Township, Shelby County.

McKees Town – Liberty Township
Location: unknown
Description: It was a Native American trading post town along McKees Creek about 4 miles south of Bellefontaine. The proprietor was British immigrant Alexander McKee.

Mount Tabor – Washington Township
Location: 40.392393, -83.909607
on SR 235 at the intersection of C-13 (County Rd 13)
Remnants: Mount Tabor Church on the south side of C-13 east of the GPS coordinates, old houses & farms in the area
Description: Mount Tabor was a farming town that revolved around the church & had a school on the north side of T-215 (Township Hwy 215) off of SR 235. 

Muchinippi (Muchinnipe) – Bloomfield Township
Post Office: 1840 – 1872
Location: 40.439282, -83.946173
on SR 274 at the intersection of C-21 (Co Hwy 21) along Muchinippi Creek
Remnants: Muchinippi Christian Church at the GPS coordinates, old houses & farms in the area
Description: This is another former farming town centered around its church. The first church was constructed in the mid-1850s on land owned by Martin Pence (1800 – 1859) from Shenandoah County, Virginia & Rebecca (Higgenbotham) Pence (1817 – 1883) from Brown County. They were married in 1842 after Martin’s first wife Susannah (Maggart) Pence (1802 – 1840) passed away. The Pence family cemetery was established in the lot on the east side of the church & has since been lost to time. The gravestones of Martin & Susannah were found on the farm to the east laying up against a tree & are listed on Find A Grave. The current church structure was remodeled in 1998. The town’s post office was called Muchinnipe. Joseph Wright (1790 – 1854) from Fairfield County was the first postmaster. Moses Smith (1819 – 1899) from Pickaway County took on the position after Joseph passed away & held the office for its last 18 years. Rebecca Pence, Joseph Wright, & Moses Smith were buried with relatives & other residents in Plum Cemetery 2 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates on the north side of Co Rd 54.   

Read’s Town
Location: unknown
Description: It was a Native American town near Bellefontaine that had a few cabins around the year 1800. 

Solomonstown (Solomon’s Town) – Richland Township
Location: 40.522417, -83.746420
on C-106 along Liggitt Ditch between Wilson Rd (Township Rd 210) & N State St (Co Rd 102)
Description: It was a Native American Wyandot (Wyandotte) town on the west side of the GPS coordinates. Chief Tarhe “The Crane” (1742 – 1818) resided at Solomonstown for a while. More of his story can be found in the listings in some of the other counties. The land was later purchased by the Liggitt family.

Tharps Run – Jefferson Township
Location: 40.323510, -83.694362
on Mt Crest Dr (Mountcrest Dr) between County Rd 5 N & Co Rd 55
Remnants: Tharps Run Cemetery at the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was founded by William Tharp (1779 – 1853) & Mary (Epley) Tharp (1794 – 1878) from Union County. They moved to Ohio from New Jersey, had a few children, & owned the farm on the south side of Mt Crest Dr across from the cemetery. A Baptist congretation formed in 1819, first meeting in a log chapel. They constructed a 30 x 40 feet brick church next to the cemetery in 1845. It was on land owned by Lewis Crouse (1816 – 1884) from Pennsylvania & Elizabeth (Kaylor) Crouse (1825 – 1903). They were buried with relatives in Mt. Zion Cemetery at the intersection of C-55 (Co Rd 55) & T-182 (Township Hwy 182) west of the GPS coordinates. William & Mary Tharp were buried with relatives in Tharps Run Cemetery. The Cleveland, Lorain, & Wheeling Railroad arrived in the area in the late 1800s, but it was too late to make any impact on Tharps Run.

Thatchersville – Miami Township
Location: 40.304185, -83.913452
on SR 508 (S Main St) at the intersection of C-63
Remnants: none known
Description: Thatchersville was a small plat on the south side of De Graff. Samuel Thatcher (1829 – 1885) from Virginia moved to the area in 1870 & built a steam-powered saw mill with a lumberyard in the vicinity of the intersection. His brother Henry Thatcher (1843 – 1915) born in Greene County joined the business in 1877. Thatchersville was listed in the 1875 county atlas & was annexed into De Graff prior to publication of the 1890 county atlas. Samuel & Henry were buried with relatives in Greenwood Cemetery a mile north of the GPS coordinates on the west side of SR 235 (Cretcher Ave).

Turner
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Lorain County Ohio Ghost Towns

Bairdsville – Brighton Township (formerly in Medina County)
Post Office: 1836 – 1838
Location: 41.185430, -82.322075 
on Peck Wadsworth Rd at the intersection of Baird Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded by a branch of the Baird family in the county.

Benton – Sheffield Township
Location: unknown, was near Sheffield
Description: none found

Brownhelm Centre – Brownhelm Township
Post Office: 1835 – 1838
Location: 41.385917, -82.303917   
on N Ridge Rd at the intersection of Sunnyside Rd
Remnants: Brownhelm (North Ridge) Cemetery at the intersection
Description: There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with the location but it couldn’t compete with previously settled towns which were already growing at good rates. Prior to the post office being established, Revolutionary War veteran & Boston Tea Party member George Bacon (1757 – 1834) & Hepzibah (Crease) Bacon (1762 – 1829) owned most of the land in the area. They were buried with many relatives & township pioneers in Brownhelm Cemetery.

Carlisle (same location as Murraysville) – Carlisle Township
Post Office: 1847 – 1855
Location: 41.336561, -82.122204   
on Oberlin Elyria Rd at the intersection of Russia Rd along Black River
Remnants: South Murray Ridge Cemetery at the intersection of Murray  Ridge Rd & Russia Rd
Description: It was called Murraysville prior to 1847 & was founded by Philo Murray (1789 – 1854) & Harriet (Minot) Murray (1797 – 1862) who moved to Ohio from Connecticut in the early 1820s & had 7 children. In the mid-1800s it had a saw mill, grist mill, general store, school, & about 25 houses. The town kept growing well on its own & was never abandoned but eventually was overtaken by & annexed into the City of Elyria. Philo & Harriet were buried with relatives & other township pioneers in South Murray Ridge Cemetery.

Ferguson
Location: unknown
Description: It was founded by a branch of the Ferguson family in the county.

Folger  (Avon Station) – City Of Avon (formerly Avon Township)
Post Office: 1891 – 1918
Location: 41.478374, -82.019310   
on Avon Belden Rd (SR 83) at the railroad crossing between Walker Rd & Chester Rd
Remnants: old buildings in the area
Description: Named after the Folger family in the township, it was on the New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad . The town had a train station & a fruit office which was mainly used for housing grapes that were ready for shipment. The store & post office was in the southwest corner of the intersection.

Hart’s Station – Carlisle Township
Location: 41.285065, -82.081778   
on Indian Hollow Rd at the intersection of Banks Rd
Remnants: many remnants & foundations on the Windfall Quarry Trail in Sheldon Woods of the Lorain County Metroparks System
Description: The town was founded by John Hart (1830 – 1896) & Caroline Hart (1838 – 1908) who had a few children, nice farm, & donated land for a train station on the Cleveland, Tuscarawas Valley, & Wheeling Railroad. John built a water powered saw mill along the Black River that was later converted to steam. Farming & rock quarries were the main industries & the Grafton – Brunswick Railroad, built by the quarry company, was used to ship stones. There was also a school, blacksmith shop, general store, & creamery in the mid to late 1800s. John & Caroline were buried with relatives in Butternut Ridge Cemetery on Butternut Ridge Rd in Elyria.

Huff
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Hulberts Corners – City Of Amherst (formerly in Amherst Township)
Location: 41.398506, -82.226853  
at the intersection of Milan Ave & Cleveland Ave
Remnants: none known
Description: Hulberts Corners was the former town at the location Amherst was built on. The Hulbert family was long gone by the time Amherst was founded.

Kishmans – Brownhelm Township
Location: 41.422545, -82.343679   
along the northern set of railroad tracks between US 6 (Liberty Ave) & Vermilion Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were Albert Kishman (1868 – 1951) & Harriet (Henkes) Kishman (1969 – 1910). Albert was a farmer & fisherman who was born into a large & well known fishing family of German descent. The town was on the New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad from the late 1890s to early 1920s. Albert & Harriet were buried with relatives in Brownhelm (North Ridge) Cemetery on N Ridge Rd.

Murraysville (same location as Carlisle) – Carlisle Township
Post Office: 1828 – 1847
Location: 41.336561, -82.122204   
on Oberlin Elyria Rd at the intersection of Russia Rd along Black River
Remnants: South Murray Ridge Cemetery at the intersection of Murray Ridge Rd & Russia Rd
Description: The town was founded by Philo Murray (1789 – 1854) & Harriet (Minot) Murray (1797 – 1862) who moved to Ohio from Connecticut in the early 1820s & had 7 children. In the mid-1800s it had a saw mill, grist mill, general store, school, & about 25 houses. The town kept growing well on it’s own & was never abandoned but eventually was overtaken by & annexed into the City of Elyria. Philo & Harriet were buried with relatives & other township pioneers in South Murray Ridge Cemetery.

Nickel Plate – Lagrange Township
Post Office: 1888 – 1895
Location: 41.264218, -82.157652 
on Diagonal Rd at the intersection of Kipton Nickel Plate Rd
Remnants: Rockwood Cemetery on the east side of Diagonal Rd north of the intersection
Description: It had a cheese factory, general store, school, & a rock quarry operated by the Cleveland Stone Company in the late 1800s to early 1900s. There was a spur of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway on the east side of Diagonal Rd which was used to transport stone. Residents were buried in Rockwood Cemetery.

Oak Point – City Of Lorain (formerly Black River Township)
Location: 41.435597, -82.248489 
on US 6 at the intersection of Oak Point Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Oak Point was a shipping port for the Clough Stone Company which had a narrow gauge railroad running from the quarries to the New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad & the quarry wharf on Lake Erie. The town also had a hotel, bath house, & a community hall near the wharf.

Paradise
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Patterson (Patterson Station) – Carlisle Township
Location: 41.319894, -82.102731   
on Butternut Ridge Rd at the railroad crossing between Lagrange Rd & Indian Hollow Rd 
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was on the Cleveland, Lorain, & Wheeling Railroad. Its proprietor William Patterson (1811 – 1901) held the offices of county sheriff & commissioner as well as every office in the township at one time or another. He had 3 children with his first wife Phoebe (Vincent) Patterson (1813 – 1856). They were born & married in Massachusetts in 1833 & moved to Ohio in 1837. William remarried after Phoebe passed away.

Rugby – Brownhelm Township
Post Office: 1897 – 1903
Location: 41.379381, -82.317049   
between Bank St & Vermilion Rd along the Vermilion River
Remnants: Rugby Cemetery on the south side of N Ridge Rd between Gore Orphanage Rd & Bank St, one room schoolhouse at the fork of Banks St & Morse Rd west of the GPS coordinates, Mill Hollow House on N Ridge Rd in the Vermilion River Reservation 
Description: The town was the location of Brownhelm Mills, currently in the Vermilion River Reservation, which had a saw mill & grist mill. The Mill Hollow House was built for Benjamin Bacon (1789 – 1868) & is on the National Register Of Historic Places. Residents were buried in Rugby Cemetery & Brownhelm (North Ridge) Cemetery on N Ridge Rd.

Seaman – Elyria Township
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Shawville (Ridgeville Station) – City Of North Ridgeville (formerly Ridgeville Township)
Post Office: 1874 – 1881
Location: 41.375602, -82.018754   
at the railroad crossing between Old Avon Belned Rd N & Old Avon Belden Rd S
Remnants: none known
Description: Shawville was founded by Samuel Shaw (1829 – 1918) from New York & Juliaett (Wiley) Shaw 1830 – 1923) from Pennsylvania. It had a train station on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. Samuel & Juliaett were buried with relatives in Ridgeville (North Ridgeville Center) Cemetery on Stoney Ridge Rd.

Spencer – Penfield Township
Post Office: 1834 – 1849
Location: 41.154202, -82.122825  
on Lattasburg – Elyria Rd (SR 301) at the intersection of Jones Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Calvin Spencer (1778 – 1857) & Mary (Hawley) Spencer (1786 – 1846) who moved to Ohio from New York in 1824 & had 6 children. Calvin built a saw mill & the town also had a school. They were buried in Penfield Cemetery on Medina – Norwalk Rd.

Trinity – City Of Avon
Post Office – 1898 – 1904
Location: 41.448269, -82.000237   
on Jaycox Rd at the intersection of Emory Dr
Remnants: Holy Trinity Cemetery on the west side of Jaycox Rd south of the intersection
Description: Trinity was settled by Catholic German immigrants. It had a school, shoe shop, a frame church built in 1843, & the cemetery was established in 1833. The congregation’s current church is over 100 years old & stands at the intersection of Detroit Ave (SR 254) & Nagel Rd.

Troxel – New Russia Township (formerly Russia Township)
Location: unknown
Description: It was founded by a branch of the Troxel family in the county.

Webbs Corners (South Amherst) – Amherst Township
Location: 41.357484, -82.240206   
on SR 113 (Milan Elyria Rd) at the intersection of S Lake St
Remnants: Evergreen Cemetery on the south side of SR 113, Pioneer Cemetery on the west side of S Lake St
Description: Webbs Corners was the original name of South Amherst. It was founded in 1816 by Reuben Webb (1770 – 1838) & Mary Webb. They had a a few children & built a tavern near Beaver Creek. They were buried with relatives in Evergreen Cemetery.

Lucas County Ohio Ghost Towns

Austerlitz
Location: unknown
Description: During construction of the Miami & Erie Canal, 15 towns were platted on a 15 mile stretch of the Maumee River. They were all hoping to eventually become the head outlet of the canal & basically strike it rich with that honor. Only a few of those 15 towns survived. Austerlitz wasn’t one of them. It was approximately 6 miles above the mouth of the Maumee River & a mile above Oregon.

Bowen – Richfield Township
Location: 41.715964, -83.797023
on Sylvania – Metamora Rd at the intersection of Richfield Center Rd along Tenmile Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded George L. Bowen (1823 – 1868) born in Ohio & Esther Bowen (1823 – 1892) from New York. They owned an 80 acre farm in the southwest lot of the intersection, had a few children, & donated land for a school on their farm. The small farming town didn’t have a village & fell into obscurity in the late 1800s. George & Esther were buried with relatives 4 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates in Wolfinger Cemetery on Woflinger.

East Marengo (Central Grove) – City Of Toledo (formerly in Adams Township)
Location: 41.606484, -83.592378
on River Rd at the intersection of Marengo St along the Maumee River
Remnants: none known
Description: East Marengo & its predecessor Marengo, just to the west, also had hopes of becoming the head outlet of the Miami & Erie Canal. Marengo was platted in 1836 with hefty expectations of quickly selling 300 – 500 lots. However, the lots weren’t nearly as immediately desirable as expected. The town was abandoned by order of court in 1838, which usually indicates that the proprietors failed to make sufficient payments on land debt. East Marengo was subsequently projected, but never fully evolved into what the founders had intended & was last spotted on the Adams Township map in the 1900 county atlas. By that time, the name East Marengo seems to mostly have been nostalgically used. The area was previously listed as Central Grove in the 1875 county atlas & still goes by that name today as a neighborhood of Toledo.

Everett (Everett Station) – City Of Toledo (formerly in Adams & Waynesfield Township)
Location: 41.596663, -83.621048
on S Byrne Rd at the railroad crossing between Glanzman Rd & Copeland Blvd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was platted in 1876 by Civil War veteran Brayton O. Everett (1843 – 1915) & had a train station on the Wabash Railway in the southwest lot of the GPS coordinates.

Homestead – City Of Oregon (formerly in Oregon Township)
Location: 41.651305, -83.482282
on Seaman Rd at the intersection of Berlin Ave along Otter Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: Homestead was basically platted as an early suburb & had a train station called Oregon on the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad. John C. Klotz (1820 – 1899) from Virginia was a successful cigar manufacturer. Along with a few other proprietors, John wanted to build an addition for the average working person to be able to afford a house & a small chunk of land. The plat was on the north side of the GPS coordinates & was eventually annexed into the City Of Oregon. John was buried with relatives in Woodlawn Cemetery on SR 120 (Central Ave) in Toledo.

Lucas City – City Of Toledo (formerly in Oregon Township)
Location: 41.683953, -83.474403
on St Lawrence Dr at the intersection of John Q Carey Dr
Remnants: none known
Description: Lucas City was platted in 1836 by Willard Smith, Eli Hart, & George Humphrey. It consisted of 1500 lots & was founded in anticipation of getting the outlet of the Miami & Erie Canal. The lots didn’t sell well, to put it mildly, & Lucas City quickly went into foreclosure never having attained an actual existence aside from on paper.

Manhattan – City Of Toledo (formerly in Manhattan Township)
Location: 41.684844, -83.489101
on Summit St at the intersection of Suder Ave
Remnants: none known
Description: As it turned out, Manhattan received the distinction of getting the outlet of the Miami & Erie Canal. It was founded in 1835 & acquired several amenities such as a store, hotel, grist mill, & warehouses for unloading products from large steam-powered cargo boats crossing Lake Erie. However, most of the boats were stopping in Toledo, which had better railroad access, instead of Manhattan & the proprietors of Manhattan weren’t doing enough to persuade the boat owners to do otherwise. Of course, the warehouse owners were aware of that situation & moved their businesses to Toledo. It was a disastrous domino effect for Manhattan. The plat was vacated in 1848 by approval of an application to court from the few lot owners that were left. Toledo’s booming growth eventually annexed the Manhattan area. 

Midway – Swanton Township
Location: 41.588522, -83.825421
on SR 2 (Airport Hwy) at the intersection of SR 295
Remnants: none known
Description: Midway was a farming town with a train station on the New York Central Railroad & the Indiana Electric Line. It served as a shipping point for produce grown in the area & helped keep transportation costs down for local farmers.

Miami – City Of Maumee (formerly in Waynesfield Township)
Location: 41.573590, -83.627233
on River Rd at the intersection of Michigan Ave along the Maumee River
Remnants: Fort Miamis Park & state memorial on the south side of the GPS coordinates
Description: Fort Miami (Fort Miamis) was built by British troops in 1794 as a way to stall General “Mad” Anthony Wayne (1745 – 1796) from advancing on to Fort Detroit which was in possession of the British during the Northwest Indian War. Fort Miami was abandoned by the British in 1796. A community of American settlers occupied the area surrounding the fort in the early 1800s. British forces took control of the fort again during the War Of 1812, battling against the American forces at Fort Meigs across the Maumee River in present-day Perrysburg in Wood County. The British abandoned Fort Miami for their last time in 1814. Yet again, American settlers rolled in & turned the site into a town. The fort structure was eventually demolished & the town of Miami was annexed into Maumee as it rapidly grew through the early 1900s. The fort location was listed on the National Register Of Historic Places in 1975 & was designated as a National Historic Site in 1999. It’s currently part of the Toledo Area Metroparks system.

Neowash – Waterville Township
Post Office: 1882 – 1900
Location: 41.474056, -83.767088
on Neowash Rd at the intersection of Noward Rd
Remnants: old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: The town was never platted but formed a village of sorts around the Toledo, St. Louis, & Western Railroad, also known as the Clover Leaf, after it was constructed through the area. As with Midway, Neowash was a trading & shipping point for local goods.

Nero – Monclova Township
Post Office: 1881 – 1888
Location: 41.542862, -83.732917
on Waterville Monclova Rd at the intersection of the Wabash Cannonball Trail (South Fork)
Remnants: a couple of old houses in the area
Description: Nero was also on the 
Toledo, St. Louis, & Western Railroad (Clover Leaf) & formed after it was constructed through the area. Henry L. Jones was the postmaster. The Wabash Cannonball Trail is a paved recreational path along the former railroad track bed.

New Jerusalem – Jerusalem Township (formerly in Oregon Township)
Location: 41.638678, -83.302571
on SR 2 (Jerusalem Rd) at the intersection of Lyon Rd (Co Rd 185) along Cedar Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: It first appeared on the 1888 county map & was originally called Jerusalem. Although the area was never abandoned, it lost its town status while being squeezed out of existence by nearby Yondota & Bono. New Jerusalem didn’t make it onto the Ohio map in the 1901 Cram Atlas.

Presque Isle – Waterville & Monclova Township
Post Office: 1888 – 1906
Location: 41.536702, -83.714230
on Stitt Rd at the intersection of Black Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was a farming & postal town along the Toledo, St. Louis, & Western Railroad (Clover Leaf). Civil War veteran Frank K. Laha (1836 – 1922) from Monroe County, Michigan was the postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Wakeman Cemetery 3 & 1/2 miles south of town on the south side of Farnsworth Rd in Waterville.

Providence – Providence Township
Location: 41.418216, -83.872741
on Old US 24 (Lucas County Rd 53) at the intersection of Providence – Neapolis Swanton Rd
Remnants: Providence Historic District at the GPS coordinates, Ludwig Mill in Providence Metropark about 1/2 of a mile southeast of the GPS coordinates
Description: Peter Manor (1778 – 1847) settled in the area in 1816. He was a fur trader who previously operated a trading post for the Northwestern Fur Company. Peter built a saw mill in 1822 next to the Maumee River & expanded it with a grist mill in 1835. He platted the town of Providence in 1837 & had to sell off his mill to the state in 1838 during construction of the Miami & Erie Canal. Most of the 88 plats in the town, which were on five streets, were bought up & the town started to grow. Unfortunately a devastating fire swept through the business district in 1846. 
Peter died the next year while in the process of rebuilding his mill. Isaac Ludwig (1813 – 1906) & his wife Christenia (Ness) Ludwig (1819 – 1903) purchased the mill & completed its construction. Providence was hit by the cholera epidemic in the early 1850’s & the population decreased again. Then it lost its post office which ran from 1836 – 1868. The town never had a railroad station & the closing of the canal was pretty much the last straw for Providence. Lucas County removed it from their recording list in 1928, turning it into a ghost town at the time. With the success of Grand Rapids on the other side of the Maumee River in Wood County, originally platted as Gilead in 1833 & changed to Grand Rapids in 1868, the Providence area was never totally abandoned. Construction of Providence Metropark & its historic nostalgia made Ludwig Mill & former canal a neat tourist attraction. Although it presently has a Grand Rapids mailing address, Providence has basically regained its separate town status since then. It’s a populated place in Lucas County for census purposes & is listed on some maps as a current town despite technically being a ghost town. The Ludwig Mill is restored & has a general store in Providence Metropark at 13827 Old US 24 Grand Rapids, OH  43522. It’s open from May to October, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. On Sundays they do full demonstrations of the mill operations from 1 – 4 p.m. & run a canal boat that passes by the abandoned Miami & Erie Canal Lock #44. There are also some other old buildings in the Providence Historic District, including St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church built in 1845. Grand Rapids has many historic sites to check out as well. Isaac & Christenia Ludwig were buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Bailey Rd off of Providence Neapolis – Swanton Rd, about 3 miles north of town.
Mill & Metropark Info – https://metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/providence/

Richards (Ottawa Hills) – City Of Toledo (formerly in Adams Township)
Post Office: 1879 – 1901
Location: 41.660883, -83.641209
on Richards Rd at the railroad crossing between Bancroft St & SR 246 (Dorr St)
Remnants: Joy (Adams Township) (Bowen) Cemetery 1 mile northwest of the GPS coordinates on the east side of Underhill Rd
Description: Back before Ottawa Hills was established, the area was called Richards & had a train station on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. The station was on the north side of the tracks next to Richards Rd on the west side of the GPS coordinates. The proprietors were from a branch of the Richards family in the county with an E. Richards being the first postmaster. J. D. Bowen was the last postmaster. 

Rockwell Junction (Rockwell) – City Of Oregon (formerly in Oregon Township)
Location: 41.618535, -83.504938
on the south side of Oakdale Ave at the railroad junction west of Otter Creek
Remnants: intact train track junction
Description: The town had a train station at the junction of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway & the Hocking Valley Railroad & was mentioned in volume 1 of the 1910 Memoirs Of Lucas County And The City Of Toledo.

Scotts Corners – Swanton Township
Location: 41.589170, -83.863614
on Scott Rd at the intersection of Brindley Rd along Ai Creek
Remnants: East Swanton (Swanton Township) Cemetery on the east side of Scott Rd south of the GPS coordinates
Description: Scotts Corners was founded in the mid-1830s. Its first businesses were a wagon shop owned by Chester Scott (1792 – 1868) from New York & a blacksmith shop operated by James Williams. Reuben Hastings opened the first general store & ran a hotel & tavern in 1844 – 1846. In the late 1850s, D.B. Scott donated land for the track path of the Northern Indiana Air Line. It was completed in 1858 & later became part of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. The town also had a school on the north side of the East Swanton Cemetery on land owned by Dr. William A. Scott (1823 – 1907) & Elanor (Johnson) Scott (1823 – 1892). They were buried in the cemetery along with several other family members, including William’s paternal grandfather, Revolutionary War veteran Joel Scott (1751 – 1835) from New York.

Searles – City Of Toledo (formerly in Adams Township)
Location: 41.652817, -83.621141
on SR 246 (Dorr St) at the intersection of Searles Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Its proprietors were the family of William Searles (1815 – 1881) & Catherine (Williams) Searles (1823 – 1886). The town had a school on the north side of SR 246 near the GPS coordinates that was listed in the 1875 county atlas. The Searles family was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery on Central Ave in Toledo.

Tondaganies Village – Waterville Township
Location: 41.466754, -83.767138
on US 24 (S River Rd) at the intersection of Noward Rd along the Maumee River
Remnants: none known
Description: This Native American town was founded by Ottawa Chief Tontogany (Tondaganie), nicknamed “The Dog”. The town of Tontogany, a few miles south across the Maumee River in wood county, was platted in 1855 & named after him.

Treadway (Tredway) – Richfield Township, Lucas County & Amboy Township, Fulton County
Location: 41.712161, -83.880181
on Fulton – Lucas Rd at the 4-way intersection of Sylvania – Metamora Rd & Co Rd U along Tenmile Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: 
The town was founded by the Reuben Tredway (1803 – 1886) from Jefferson County, New York & Nancy (Smith) Tredway (1800 – 1885) from Rutland County, Vermont. The married in 1825 in New York, had 9 children, & owned a 90 acre farm in the southwest lot of the intersection. Garret Vrooman (1818 – 1899) & Salley (Tredway) Vrooman (1826 – 1897) owned a cooper shop on a 97 acre farm on the east side of the Tredway homestead. There was a school in the northwest corner of the intersection on the Fulton County side in the late 1800s & another one a mile east of the GPS coordinates in the northwest corner of the intersection of Sylvania – Metamora Rd & Lathrop Rd. Most of the Tredway family was laid to rest in Amboy Township Cemetery 3 & 1/2 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of SR 64 & County Rd S in Fulton County.

Madison County Ohio Ghost Towns

Carters – Canaan Township
Location: 40.065024, -80.222021 
on Carters Mill Rd (Co Hwy 39) between Amity Pike & Hayden Run Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: John P. Carter moved to the township with family members in 1866. He owned & operated the grist & saw mills built by Isaac Fuller.

Darby Crest – Jefferson Township
Location: 39.947167, -83.236227 
on Riverside Dr along Darby Creek & Darby Dr south off US 40
Remnants: none known
Description: The old town is long gone but the current neighborhood of Darby Crest Estates hangs onto the name.

Deer Creek Village – Somerford Township
Location: 39.968402, -83.474909   
on Arbuckle Rd near Deer Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: Deer Creek Village was a native Shawnee town founded in 1794 by Tecumseh, mostly used for riding out winters.

Deersville – Stokes Township 
Location: unknown
Description: It was listed in the Ohio Gazeteer And Traveler’s Guide from 1833 – 1841.

Guilford
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Johnstons – Range &  Oak Run Township
Post Office: 1828 – 1844
Location: 39.789593, -83.415279 
on Yankeetown – Chenoweth Rd at the intersection of Johnston Rd
Remnants: Johnston – McClimans Cemetery on the west side of Yankeetown – Chenoweth Rd about 2 & 1/2 miles south of Johnston Rd, Old Johnston Cemetery on the southeast side of Johnston Rd near Bradford Branch
Description: The town was founded by William Johnston (1781 – 1866) & Margaret (McClimans) Johnston (1784 – 1862 who moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania around 1805, residing in Ross County for a while & settled in Madison County in 1813. They had 8 children & a large farm. William & Margaret were buried with relatives in Johnston – McClimans Cemetery.

Markley – Somerford Township
Location: 39.932560, -83.515199   
on US 40 at the intersection of Markley Rd
Remnants: Diamond Rock Stock Farm barn on the west side of Markley Rd, old houses & farms in the area
Description: This small farming town had a school. Jonathan Markley (1780 – 1849) & Rachel Markley (1794 – 1820) moved to Ohio from Maryland & had 3 children. Jonathan married Mary Jane (Cryder) Markley (1800 – 1849) after Rachel passed away & had another child. They were buried with relatives in Somerford Township Cemetery on SR 56 (W Urbana – Loudon Rd). Daniel Lucy (1864 – 1923) was the proprietor of the Diamond Rock Stock Farm & raised hogs for market & built the German style bank barn in 1904. He was buried in Deer Creek Township Cemetery on US 40 in Lafayette.

Myers – Union Township
Location: 39.890221, -83.529241   
on Davis Rd at the railroad crossing between Old Springfield Rd & US 42
Remnants: none known
Description: It was on the Big Four Railroad.

New Hampshire
Location: unknown, was north of West Jefferson
Description: none found

New Hampton – Jefferson Township
Post Office: 1830 – 1833
Location: 39.939210, -83.268697 
on Frey Ave between Lilly Chapel Rd & Little Darby Creek
Remnants: Hampton Cemetery on Frey Ave, Ohio Historical Marker at the cemetery entrance, part of the first state road in Ohio (Ludlow’s Rd) on the south side of the cemetery
Description: The town was platted in 1822 with 93 lots on 8 streets by Samuel Sexton & Samuel Jones who came to Ohio from New Jersey. It had 2 stores, 3 taverns, & a Baptist church but just 7 families were living there at its peak. New Hampton was abandoned when the National Road (US 40) was built north of town & residents moved their houses & businesses to West Jefferson which was growing quickly. Samuel Jones & Samuel Sexton moved back to New Jersey after the town they founded failed.

Nioga – Pleasant Township
Post Office: 1887 – 1900
Location: 39.782838, -83.318805 
on London – Circleville Rd at the intersection of Robinson Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Pleasant Township School No. 5 was in the corner lot on the south side of Robinson Rd at the GPS coordinates. The Robinsons were the largest family in the area during the late 1800s to early 1900s.

Roberts – Jefferson Township
Location: 39.942561, -83.306305 
on US 40 at the intersection of SR 29 (Urbana – West Jefferson Rd)
Remnants: Pleasant Hill Cemetery on US 40
Description: The original proprietors were Thomas Roberts (1775 – 1864) & Susan (Boisel) Roberts (1779 – 1864) who moved to Ohio from Virginia in the early 1800s, had several children, & accumulated much of the land on the west side of West Jefferson. A portion of it was donated for tracks for the Columbus & Xenia Railroad. The land was split up between the Roberts children & they continued the family’s success in the area. Sebastian Roberts (1814 – 1869) platted Pleasant Hill Cemetery in 1864. Thomas was the first interment & most of the family is buried there.

Wahoo – Deer Creek Township
Post Office: 1852 – 1867
Location: 40.001451, -83.435227 
on SR 29 (Urbana – West Jefferson Rd) between SR 38 (Marysville – London Rd) & the northwestern township border
Remnants: none known
Description: Wahoo was a small farming town with a school, post office, & church. Land was donated in 1858 for the non – denominational church by Mary A. (Dun) Thurman (1812 – 1891). The Duns were the biggest family in the area & did most of the church construction. Mary was buried with relatives in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus.

Willows
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Wilson – City Of London (formerly in Deer Creek Township)
Location: 39.905616, -83.428530 
on US 42 (Lafayette Rd) between Braxton Blvd & Kenny Blvd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by a branch of the Wilson family in the County. James Wilson (1808 – 1886) & Elanor (Smith) Wilson (1818 – 1904) had several children & a large farm. They were buried with relatives in Deer Creek Township Cemetery on US 40 in Lafayette.

Mahoning County Ohio Ghost Towns

Amity – Berlin Township (formerly in Trumbull County)
Post Office: 1828 – 1838
Location: 41.054522, -80.922228
on Ellsworth Rd at the intersection of Weaver Rd (Township Hwy 49)
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by War Of 1812 veteran General Peter Musser Jr. (1782 – 1852) from Frederick County, Maryland & Nancy (Newcomer) Musser (1782 – 1866) from Pennsylvania. Peter’s parents previously founded Petersburg in Springfield Township. Amity had a tavern & inn at the Musser residence & Peter was the postmaster. Peter & Nancy moved after the post office was discontinued & were buried with relatives in Old Champion (Presbyterian) Cemetery at the intersection of SR 45 (Mahoning Ave) & Champion Ave W in Champion Township, Trumbull County.  

Bentley – Poland Township
Location: unknown
Description: It was named after the Bentley family in the county & was along the Lawrence Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad in the late 1800s to early 1900s. The town was last spotted on an 1898 railroad map.

Boswell – Goshen Township
Post Office: 1850 – 1888
Location: 40.950638, -80.954836
on SR 534 (S Pricetown Rd) at the intersection of SR 14 (Cleveland – East Liverpool Rd)
Remnants: none known
Description: Boswell’s heyday was in the 1870s with a general store, blacksmith shop, shoe shop, & a school on the south side of town in the northwest corner of the intersection of SR 534 & SR 165 (S Range). William H. Arnold (1840 – 1893) was the last postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Canfield Cemetery about 15 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates on the south side of US 224 (E Main St) in Canfield.

Hillsville – Poland Township
Location: unknown
Description: I
t was named after Hillsville, Pennsylvania & was along the Lawrence Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad in the late 1800s to early 1900s. The town was last spotted on an 1898 railroad map.

Kirk – Jackson Township
Post Office: 1896 – 1901
Location: 41.068918, -80.823566
on Kirk Rd (Co Rd 146) at the intersection of S Lipkey Rd
Remnants: Covenanter Cemetery on the side of Kirk Rd east of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was founded by Irish immigrants Robert Kirkpatrick (1768 – 1847) & Catherine (Ewing) Kirkpatrick (1769 – 1856). 
Their surname was later Americanized & shortened to Kirk. Covenantor Cemetery started out on the Ewing family farm & dates back to at least the early 1820s. Catherine’s widowed mother, Ann Ewing (1738  – 1821), is the oldest known interment & made the journey to the U.S. in 1792 along with 4 of her children. The Kirkpatrick & Ewing families were related by several marriages. In the later 1800s, there was a church at the cemetery & a school on the east side of S Lipkey Rd north of the GPS coordinates. The school was on land donated by William Young (1804 – 1885) from Beaver County, Pennsylvania & his 3rd wife, Ellen (Wallace) Young (1818 – 1880). Everyone previously mentioned in this listing was laid to rest in Covenantor Cemetery. Nettie (Haun) Slabaugh (b. 1867) was the town’s postmaster.

Lake Shore Junction – Coitsville Township
Location: unknown
Description: The town name refers to the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad.

Loveland (Loveland Station) (Marquis) – Green & Canfield Township
Post Office: 1871 – 1890
Location: 40.988220, -80.763659
on W Western Reserve Rd at the intersection of Washingtonville Rd along Indian Run
Remnants: former railroad path on the northwest & southwest side of the intersection
Description: The original propritors were David Loveland (1801 – 1878) & Lydia (Pyle) Loveland (1808 – 1877) who donated land for a train station on the Niles & New Lisbon Railroad (later bought by the Erie Railroad). Its former track path heading north from the intersection is currently part of the Mill Creek Metroparks Bikeway. The track path heading south is getting reclaimed by nature. Loveland had a mill, an Evangelical church, & a school in the northwest corner of the intersection of SR 46 (Columbia – Canfield Rd) & W Western Reserve Rd. Its post office was called Loveland Station because there was already an office named Loveland in Clermont County. David & Lydia had a few children & were buried with relatives in Poland Riverside Cemetery about 11 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of US 224 (E McKinley Way) & Riverside Dr in Poland. Lewis Templin (1812 – 1899) from Berks County, Pennsylvania was the town’s only known postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Christian (Disciple Church) Cemetery 5 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates a the intersection of SR 165 (S Range) & Beaver Creek Rd. The area of Loveland now goes by the name Marquis.

Nebo – Poland Township
Location: 41.048563, -80.573925
on Loweville Rd between Narcissa St & Arrel Smith Rd at the confluence of Hines Run & the Mahoning River
Remnants: none known
Description: Nebo was a mining & railroad town on the Pittsburgh, Youngstown, & Ashtabula Railroad in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Iron & coal were mined from the area to help feed the iron works at Lowellville. Coal was also previously exported to Cleveland on the Pennsylvania & Ohio Canal.

Newport – Poland Township
Location: 41.053335, -80.573812
on SR 289 (Broad St) between New Castle Rd & Coit Rd along the Mahoning River
Remnants: none known
Description: It was directly across the Mahoning River from Nebo & first appeared as a platted town in the 1875 county atlas. Some of the lots sold for relatively high prices, as much as those in Lowellville at the time. However, Newport failed to attract businesses & enough residents to create the village that was once hoped for on paper.

Park Place – City Of Youngstown (formerly in Youngstown Township)
Location: 41.117948, -80.657318
on Belmont Ave at the intersection of Emerson Pl
Remnants: none known
Description: Park Place was listed in the 1875 county atlas & was eventually annexed by Youngstown. Flint Hill, Kyles Corners, & Lansingville are some of the other formerly separate towns that were also absorbed by Youngstown as it grew.

Scotts Corners – Milton Township, Mahoning County, & Palmyra Township, Portage County
Location: 41.073028, -81.002339
on Mahoning Portage County Line Rd at the 5-way intersection of Scotts Corners Rd, Ellsworth Rd, & Williams Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were Alexander Scott (born c. 1827) from Pennsylvania & Harriet Scott. They owned about 350 acres of land in southwest Milton Township & had several children.

Shaw Junction – Poland Township
Location: unknown
Description: I
t was was along the Lawrence Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad in the late 1800s to early 1900s between Bentley & Hillsville. The town was last spotted on an 1898 railroad map.

Snyder – Beaver Township
Location: 40.929323, -80.663668
on W Pine Lake Rd (Township Hwy 20) at the railroad crossing between SR 164 (South Ave) & SR 7 (Market St)
Remnants: none known
Description: John J. Snyder (1833 – 1906) from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania & Rebecca (Miller) Snyder (1835 – 1907) donated land for train tracks & a station between Columbiana & North Lima. They were buried with relatives in Good Hope Lutheran (Mount Olivet) Cemetery 2 miles north of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of SR 164 & SR 165 (S Range) in North Lima.

Subrosa – Springfield Township
Post Office: 1892 – 1904
Location: 40.943799, -80.541196
on SR 170 (Youngstown – Pittsburgh Rd) at the intersection of E South Range Rd
Remnants: Old Springfield United Church Of Christ & Cemetery on the northeast side of the intersection
Description: Subrosa had a school on the west side of SR 170 just south of the GPS coordinates. Jonathan Miller was the last known postmaster.

Williams Corners
Location: unknown
Description: It was about 6 miles northeast of Salem.

Marion County Ohio Ghost Towns

Beech – Claridon & Richland Township
Location: 40.557837, -82.976851 
on Marion – Edison Rd at the intersection of Salem Rd
Remnants: Salem Evangelical Church & Salem Cemetery on Salem Rd north of the intersection, Lutheran Cemetery on SR 746 (S Caledonia – Ashley Rd) north of Marion – Edison Rd, old houses & farms in the area
Description: It was a crossroads town named after the abundance of beech trees in the area & had a steam saw mill, school, blacksmith shop, & two churches in the mid-1800s to early 1900s.

Belvuron – Claridon Township
Location: 40.582088, -83.040201   
on SR 98 (Columbus – Sandusky Rd S) at the intersection of SR 95 (Marion – Mt. Gilead Rd)
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was platted in 1829 by War Of 1812 veteran Colonel James Kilbourne (1770 – 1850) from Connecticut. He was a minister, surveyor, & served in the US Congress & state legislature. James also founded a few other towns in Ohio & was buried with relatives in St. Johns Episcopal Church Cemetery in Worthington, Franklin County.

Bethlehem – Waldo & Pleasant Township
Location: 40.483731, -83.131743   
on Bethlehem Rd W at the intersection of Smeltzer Rd
Remnants: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran (Bethlehem) Church 1 mile north at the intersection of Smeltzer Rd & Newmans – Cardington Rd W, old houses & farms in the area
Description: The original group of settlers arrived in 1832. It had two churches, a blacksmith shop, & a school in the late 1800s.

Clyde Settlement – Tully Township
Location: 40.689658, -82.938946   
on Morral – Kirkpatrick Rd E at the intersection of Timpson Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: This first settlement in the township was named by Alanson Packard after the song “Banks Of The Clyde” referring to a river in Scotland, which was routinely sung by Samuel Hazlet.

Gurley (Gurleys Station) – Big Island Township
Post Office: 1879 – 1901
Location: 40.586169, -83.255751   
on Espyville Rd N at the intersection of SR 95 (Marion – Agosta Rd)
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded by John Gurley (1813 – 1892) & Hannah (Monnett) Gurley (1817 – 1880) who were prominent citizens in the township, had a 160 acre farm, & one son. The town had a train station on the Bee Line of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, & Indianapolis Railroad. There was also a school on the north side of SR 95. John & Hannah were buried with relatives in Marion Cemetery on Delaware Ave in Marion.

Harvey – Grand Prairie Township
Location: 40.652015, -83.119040   
on SR 4 (Marion – Bucyrus Rd) at the intersection of Linn – Hipsher Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietor David Harvey (1821 – 1902) from Pennsylvania accumulated about 1200 acres in Grand Prairie Township, Marion Township, & Crawford County. He farmed grains, wool, & dealt livestock. David had 7 children with his first wife Calista (Everett) Harvey (1829 – 1861) & helped raise his second wife’s children, Lucinda (Morris) Bell Harvey (1830 – 1887), who was also widowed. On top of that, his brother William Harvey (1819 – 1861) passed away of typhoid less than a month after being elected Marion County Sheriff & David looked after his widow & their younger children. He was buried with relatives in Marion Cemetery on Delaware Ave in Marion.

Holmesville (Parrtown) – Bowling Green Township
Post Office: dates not listed
Location: 40.542834, -83.359643   
on SR 37 (Richwood – Larue Rd) at the intersection of Guthery Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Thomas Parr (1814 – 1898) & Sarah Ann (Pitzer) Parr (1817 – 1899) who moved to Bowling Green Township from Licking County & had a few children. Holmesville had a tavern, wagon shop, blacksmith shop, a few stores, & a horse powered grist mill built by Thomas. It was abandoned as it couldn’t compete with La Rue, which drew away businesses & grew quicker. Thomas & Sarah moved to Illinois & were buried with relatives in West Serena Cemetery in Serena.

Hoover – Scott Township
Post Office: 1892 – 1898
Location: unknown
Description: It had a freight station on the Columbus, Sandusky, & Hocking Railroad.

Hords – Big Island Township
Location: 40.592558, -83.192971   
along the Marion Tallgrass Trail between Herr Rd & Marion – Williamsport Rd W
Remnants: none known
Description: This small farming town was founded by a branch of the Hord family in the county & was on the Chicago & Atlantic Railroad.

Kirbys – Grand Prairie Township
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Little Scioto
Post Office: 1842 – 1852
Location: unknown, was along the Little Scioto River
Description: none found

Logan – Marion & Claridon Township
Location: 40.605059, -83.073522   
on Pole Lane Rd at the railroad crossing & intersection of E Fairgrounds Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Logan was on the Bee Line of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, & Indianapolis Railroad.

Longville (Bryan Station) – Big Island Township
Post Office: 1873 – 1894
Location: 40.585613, -83.217416   
on SR 203 (Prospect – Upper Sandusky Rd S) at the railroad crossing & intersection of SR 95 (Marion – Agosta Rd)
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was named after Peter Long, had a school, & was on the Bee Line of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, & Indianapolis Railroad.

Middle Spring – Salt Rock Township
Post Office: 1837 – 1838
Location: unknown
Description: It was listed in The Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guide from 1837 – 1841.

Salem – Big Island Township
Location: 40.607753, -83.279143  
on Decliff – Big Island Rd at the intersection of Schmidt Rd
Remnants: Salem Cemetery at the intersection
Description: This small farming town had a church & school.

Slab Camp – Pleasant Township
Location: 40.483828, -83.102200   
on Bethlehem Rd W at the railroad crossing between Benzler Rd & SR 423 (Marion – Waldo Rd)
Remnants: Drake Cemetery on the east side of SR 423 next to Qu Qua Creek
Description: Newly arriving settlers  built temporary tents & cabins to reside in before purchasing lots in the area on the eastern edge of what would later be the town of Bethlehem. The land was owned by War Of 1812 veteran William Drake (1769 – 1850) & Rebecca Drake (1768 – 1855). They moved to Ohio from New York in 1808 & had 7 children. Their son Daniel Drake (1805 – 1881) inherited the property & kept the camp going. William & Rebecca were buried with relatives & other early pioneers in Drake Cemetery.

Slicks (Slicks Station) – Marion Township
Location: unknown, was northwest of Logan
Description: The town was on the Erie Railroad & founded by Philip Slick who operated a tavern & inn for travelers.

Smiths Mills – Richland Township
Location: 40.512865, -83.031435   
on Cardington Rd along the Olentangy River between Whetstone River Rd S & East River Rd
Remnants: Smith Cemetery on the north side of Whestone River Rd S between Mautz – Yeager Rd & Cardington Rd
Description: The patriarch & matriarch of the family were blackmith William Smith (1792 – 1835) & Elizabeth Smith (1792 – 1862) from Maryland who had a nice farm & a few children. Their son William Washington Smith (1821 – 1912) was the proprietor of the Smith & Co. mills. Titus King (1793 – 1868) & Margaret (Storm) King (1808 – 1861) from Vermont also owned a saw mill in town & were the namesake of the present day Kings Mills Golf Club. Their son George King (1832 – 1883) expanded the saw mill with a grist mill. Some of the town’s residents were buried in Smith Cemetery.

Stringtown – Tully Township
Location: 40.674503, -82.948518   
on Marseilles – Galion Rd E at the intersection of Lyons Rd
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area, Bruchlacher (Brooklocker) Cemetery north of the gps coordinates at the intersection of Morral – Kirkpatrick Rd E & Lyons Rd
Description: It had a school & church on Morral – Kirkpatrick Rd E east of the cemetery.

Stumptown
Location: unknown
Description: There are a couple references to it in the 1883 History Of Marion County Ohio with no location or town info.

Wilson
Post Office: 1848 – 1856
Location: unknown
Description: none found