Baddow Pass – 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 Railway but didn’t have a train station.

Carpenter – Mechanic Township
Location: 40.453336 -81.901339   
on SR 83 at the 4 way intersection with County Rd 150 & Co Hwy 19 along Doughty Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietor was a T. Carpenter from the large family in the county.

Charlesburg – Washington Township
Location: 40.646194 -82.114741   
on Township Highway 472 near the intersection of Township Highway 474
Remnants: none known
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: The town proprietors were members of the Dewitt family who operated a general store, post office, & other small businesses. Some residents & Dewitt family members were buried in Christian Church Cemetery in Glenmont at the corner of Main St & Depot St (SR 520). Others were buried in Barnes Cemetery on an unmarked road east off of Township Highway 7 just north of Baddow Pass Rd. A few others were buried in Dewitts Ridge Cemetery, listed on with no directions.

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.

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: Huston had a saw mill & a train station on the Cleveland, Akron, & Columbus Railway.

Johnville – Washington Township
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Jones Corners – Richland Township
Post Office: 1861 – 1890
Location: 40.476635 -82.128970   
on County Highway 25 at the intersection of Township Highway 13 & County Highway 75
Remnants: Union Grove Church & Cemetery east of the GPS coordinates on Township Highway 2 off of County Highway 25
Description: It was founded by William Jones (1787 – 1848) & Rebecca Jones (1786 – 1868). They had several children, accumulated a large farm, & donated land for a school. William & Rebecca were buried with relatives in the cemetery.

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) – Mechanic Township
Location: 40.453342 -81.901344   
on SR 83 at the intersection with County Rd 150 & County Highway 19
Remnants: none known
Description: In the 1870s it had a small town plat on the east side of the GPS coordinates & a school in the northwestern lot of the intersection.

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

Location: unknown
Description: none found

Salt Creek
Post Office: 1854 – 1874
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Wardsville (Wards) – Clark Township (formerly German)
Post Office: 1828 – 1836
Location: unknown, was near the middle of the southern portion of the township with New Bedford across the border in Coshocton County
Description: Wardsville was laid out in 1825 & lost a cross county battle for local business to New Bedford, which was quickly platted afterwards in Coshocton County as its rival.

Location: unknown, was on the west side of Killbuck Creek
Description: Wilmington was platted with 61 lots in 1815 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.


Holmes County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1861 – Holmes County Map

1875 – Holmes County Atlas

1907 – Holmes County Atlas