Restored Cover 2

Featuring 2 towns with 5 pictures from Fayette County, “Restored Ohio” was released on April 29, 2019. It’s the sequel of “Abandoned Ohio” (2018) & shows a different side of what physically remains of Ohio’s past. Many of the locations operate as businesses such as restaurants, hotels (former stagecoach stops), museums, & working mills.

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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.

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.

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.

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

Location: unknown
Description: none found

Hagler, OH – (1814 – present farming town with less residents than in the past)

Classification: small town

Location: Jefferson Township, Fayette County – On Old US Hwy 35 near the intersection of Harmony Rd

Hagler is an unincorporated village. It was first settled by War Of 1812 veteran Captain Isaac Hagler (1792 – 1830) & Susannah (Stookey) Hagler (1793 – 1887). They were farmers & had nine children. Their son Jesse took over the family farm after his father’s untimely death & went on to own over 1,000 acres of land. Farming, cattle, & horse ranching were the main sources of income. Hagler had a post office located on Township Hwy 87 (Inskeep Rd) from 1886 – 1906 & a train station on the the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad. The Hagler family cemetery is in a field on private property near US Highway 35. There are newer residences in the area & no known remnants of the original town aside from the cemetery.

Staunton – Mark Road Bridge

Staunton, OH – (1848 – present farming town with little growth)

Classification: small town

Location: Concord Township, Fayette County – On US 62 at the intersection of Vine St

Immediately behind buildings, bridges are our second favorite type of historical landmarks. On top of their wide range of architecture, their useful necessity keeps many old bridges intact & attracts restoration efforts. Mark Road Bridge crossing Sugar Creek off of US Route 62 in Staunton is a perfect example. It was constructed in 1883 & restored in 2007. The Mark family was the largest in the area & the road & bridge were aptly named after them. Half of the family lived in Jasper Mills in Jasper Township & the other half in Staunton, the only town in Concord Township.

The town was named by settlers from Staunton, Virginia. Michael Mark opened a blacksmith shop in the area in 1835. It was followed by a general store owned by Thomas Craig in 1842 & a post office in 1844. The town was platted in 1848. Residents had big hopes of getting a railroad someday but that never happened. As a result, the town’s peak population of around 100 citizens hasn’t changed much over time. Mark Family Cemetery is on the east side of Staunton Jasper Rd & more members were buried in Staunton Methodist Church Cemetery on US 62 in town.

Yankeetown, OH – (1810s – present farming town with little to no growth)

Classification: small town

Location: Madison Township, Fayette County – On SR 207 at the intersection of Cook – Yankeetown Rd

It was settled in the 1810s by several different families, mostly from the New England States, hence the name Yankeetown. It was never platted or incorporated & didn’t have a post office. The closest railroad was 5 miles north in Mt. Sterling, which had a train station on the B & O Railroad.

The first store was built in Yankeetown in 1815, followed by a church & blacksmith shop in 1823. Many other small businesses operated over the years, but the town didn’t have a lot of them at any given time, so the population always remained stagnant at around 100 or less. Yankeetown Cemetery is in a field down a short gravel road off of Cook – Yankeetown Rd, about 3/4 of a mile southeast of SR 207.

1888 Fayette County Map

Fayette County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1875 – Fayette County Atlas

1913 – Fayette County Atlas

1892 – Biographical Record Of Fayette Pickaway And Madison Counties Ohio

1914 – History Of Fayette County Ohio