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. The historic village has a website. 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.

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Erie County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1863 – Erie County Map

1874 – Erie County Atlas

1896 – Erie County Atlas

1879 – History Of The Fire Lands

1889 – History Of Erie County Ohio

1916 – A Standard History Of Erie County Ohio – Vol. 1

1916 – A Standard History Of Erie County Ohio – Vol. 2