Beaver Creek – Richfield Township
Post Office: 1840 – 1847
Location: unknown
Description: It was in the eastern half of the township & didn’t have a village. John Sowers was the proprietor & postmaster.

Cloverleaf – Liberty Township
Location: 41.471600, -84.076466   
on Co Rd V at the intersection of Township Rd 11
Remnants: former one-room schoolhouse a mile east of the GPS coordinates in the southeast corner of the intersection of Co Rd V & Co Rd 10, old houses & farm buildings in the area
Description: This small farming town was listed on the page 35 of the 1910 atlas published by the State Highway Department. The former one-room schoolhouse appears to be in good shape for its age with fitted cut boards covering the window openings, a rib steel covered roof, & a tall lightning rod rising well above the roof line over the door. There isn’t any missing bricks & the yard is also well-kept.

Damascus – Liberty Township (formerly in Damascus Township, Wood County)
Post Office: 1819 – 1868
Location: 41.411639, -84.009347  
on SR 109 at the 4-way intersection of Old US 24 & SR 424 (East Riverview Ave) between the Maumee River & North Turkeyfoot Creek
Remnants: Damascus Cemetery on the east side of Co Rd 8 about a mile northwest of the GPS coordinates, historical marker Old US 24 just east of the instersection
Description: Damascus was the original county seat & was platted at the site of a former Native American village from the mid-1700s called Prairie Du Masque (Prairie Des Mascoutins). The county seat was moved to the booming town of Napoleon in 1835. Charles Gunn was the first known postmaster of Damascus. He was succeeded by David Bucklin, Norman Mead, E. S. Dodd, John Burlin, J. R. Thompson, Benjamin A. High, D. C. Smith, & A. J. Wheeler. Damascus still had a saw mill on the south side of the main intersection & a school on the west side of Co Rd 8 just south of the cemetery listed in the 1875 county atlas. The town faded into oblivion prior to 1900. 

Durand – Liberty Township
Post Office: 1851 – 1866
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

Westhope – Abandoned Farmhouse

Westhope, OH (mid-1800s – present farming town)

Classification: small town

Location: Richfield Township, Henry County – On SR 65 at the intersection of Co Rd J

Westhope was never platted and didn’t have any major businesses besides farming. It really only found its way onto maps due to having a general store, church, and a post office from 1869 – 1919. The church is still in operation and is the only public building. An abandoned farmhouse next to State Route 65 between State Route 281 and County Road H1 has a very historic look and will hopefully get restored someday.

1888 Henry County Map


Henry County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1875 – Henry County Atlas

1910 – Henry County Map

1888 – History Of Henry And Fulton Counties Ohio