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.

Revenge, OH – (late 1800’s – present farming town with an interesting story)

Classification: small town

Location: Madison Township, Fairfield County – At the southern end of Revenge Rd (County Hwy 26) where it meets Clearcreek Rd (County Hwy 69)

The original general store still stands near the intersection & is now a private residence. As the story goes, the town was named by George T. Kocher (1856 – 1928) who was the general store owner at the time & later justice of the peace for a few years. He had a disagreement with another nearby store owner, probably about what the town should be named, & won some sort of contest to settle their differences along with the right to name the town.

George’s grave can be found a few miles north in Hopewell Cemetery. Revenge had a post office from 1883 – 1905. There isn’t much other info about the town, but in 2009 Lisa Harris published a fictional book called “Love Finds You In Revenge, Ohio”.

Royalton, OH (Toby Town) – (1810 – present farming & mill town partially abandoned over time)

Classification: small town

Location: Amanda Township, Fairfield County – On Royalton Rd at the intersection of Amanda Northern Rd 

Royalton was built on the site of a former native American village called Toby Town, named after the local tribe’s chief. The town sat next to Toby Creek which was later renamed Little Walnut. After the Treaty of Greenville was signed in 1795, the natives began leaving the area. Some stayed behind though & traded lead for other goods with newly arriving settlers. In 1799 Horatio Clark (1770 – 1835) & Mary Rebecca (Lane) Clark settled there with some relatives arriving shortly after. The natives were all gone by 1807 as most of them followed the Wyandots to Sandusky.

In 1810 William Hamilton surveyed & platted the land that Royalton would be built on, about a mile southeast of Toby Town. It was purchased by Dr. Silas Allen (1754 – 1825) who was a surgeon in the Revolutionary War. The Allen family was considered to be the founders of Royalton & named it after the town in Vermont that they came from along with 40 other settlers. Royalton quickly grew with a tavern & general store built in 1810, a grist & carding mill in 1814, & another mill in 1817. A post office was established in 1818 & the first church was built in 1837.

It’s tough trying to pinpoint when Royalton’s heyday was. The town never got a canal or railroad & didn’t have any businesses that could create a population boom. It could be said that Royalton’s heyday was in the 1830s or 1840s, before it lost out on opportunities that many other towns were granted to have a bigger future. Royalton’s post office closed in 1909 & the town is just a shadow of its former shape & size. There are still residences in the area, but the population density is less than it once was. Some the old town’s streets & original plats have been broken up to form what’s there now. There’s an old storefront at the intersection of Royalton Rd & Amanda Northern Rd. Royalton Cemetery is on private property north of Royalton Rd on the east side of town.

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Fairfield County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resrouces

1848 – Fairfield County Map

1866 – Fairfield County Atlas

1875 – Fairfield County Atlas

1889 – Fairfield County Map

1877 – A Complete History Of Fairfield County Ohio

1883 – History Of Fairfield And Perry Counties Ohio

1902 – A Biographical Record Of Fairfield County Ohio

1912 – History Of Fairfield County Ohio