We research & explore the coolest ghost towns & historic locations in Ohio!
Arcole (Ellensburg) (Harper’s Landing) (Madison Dock) (Mascot) – Madison Township Post Office: 1837 – 1851, 1839 – 1841, & 1898 – 1899 Location: 41.849515, -81.008067 on Dock Rd at the intersection of Lakeshore Blvd along Arcola Creek Remnants: Dock Road Cemetery on the east side of Dock Rd between Cunningham Rd & Chapel Rd Description: The town had 2 iron furnaces, The Arcole Steam Hot And Cold-Blast Charcoal Furnaces. The first one was built in 1825 by Root & Wheeler & the second was built by Wilkeson & Co. in 1832. The Arcole Iron Works produced stoves, kettles, & several other heavy castings in the foundry. It was once the largest employer in the state. Ship building & fishing were also important industries in the area. The furnaces & foundry were along Arcola Creek south of the GPS coordinates with a post office from 1837 – 1851. Charles F. Swan was its first postmaster & was succeeded by John W. McGinnis. Ellensburg was platted at the GPS coordinates next to Lake Erie as the docking point for incoming supplies & shipping out finished products. It had a post office from 1839 – 1841 & was also known at various times as Harper’s Landing, Madison Dock, & Mascot with a post office from 1898 – 1899. Many residents were buried in Dock Road Cemetery.
Clarks – Concord Township Location: 41.650046, -81.241490 on SR 44 between Girdled Rd & Capital Pkwy Remnants: none known Description: Clarks sat along the Pittsburgh & Western Railroad (later bought by the B & O). It had a school (Condord Township No. 7) southwest of the GPS coordinates on the north side of Girdled Rd just west of Auburn Rd on land donated by the Woodruff family.
Hampshire – Concord Township Post Office: 1842 – 1843 Location: unknown Description: It was listed in the 1843 A Table Of Post-Offices In Ohio, Arranged By Counties, Townships, And Towns as being 3 miles from Painesville.
Heisley (Heisley Station) – City Of Mentor (formerly in Mentor Township) Location: 41.697267, -81.307327 on Heisley Rd at the railroad crossing between Hamilton Dr & Tyler Blvd Remnants: none known Description: Heisley had a train station on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. These days, a business zone on the southeast side of the GPS coordinates called Heisley Road Commerce Park & residential subdivision to its northeast still use the former town’s name.
Hobarts Corners – City Of Kirtland (formerly in Kirtland Township) Location:41.583910, -81.369054 on US 6 at the intersection of Hobart Rd Remnants: none known Description: It was founded by Joshua Hobart (1809 – 1892) & Lucy (Heath) Hobart (1814 – 1893). They moved to Ohio from New Hampshire & had at least one child. The town had a school on the south side of US 6 just west of Hobart Rd. Joshua & Lucy were buried with relatives in Waite Hill Village Cemetery on Waite Hill Rd 3 miles north of the intersection.
Hopkins (Hopkins Point) – City Of Mentor (formerly in Mentor Township) Location: 41.720486, -81.342134 on SR 283 (Lakeshore Blvd) at the intersection of Hopkins Rd Remnants: none known Description: The town was founded by Daniel Hopkins (1790 – 1867) from Vermont & Anna (Churchill) Hopkins (1804 – 1898) from New Hampshire. They got married in Ohio in 1820, had 11 children, & owned a 500 acre farm. The New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad rolled through the area in the late-1800s to early-1900s. Daniel & Anna were buried with relatives in Mentor Municipal Cemetery at 7881 Hopkins Rd south of the intersection.
Judds Corners – Concord Township Location: 41.661620, -81.196514 on SR 608 (Concord Hambden Rd) at the intersection of Girdled Rd Remnants: none known Description: Its proprietors were Samuel Judd (1792 – 1875) & Marcia (Welton) Judd (1795 – 1872) who moved to Ohio from Connecticut & had a few children. Samuel was the postmaster of the Concord office in 1852. They were buried with relatives in Welton Cemetery on Goodwin Rd in Burton, Geauga County. Justin N. Day (1812 – 1876) & Abigail (Briggs) Day (1816 – 1892) moved to Ohio from New York & owned a cabinet shop on the south side of Girdled Rd northeast of the GPS coordinates. They were laid to rest with relatives in Evergreen Cemetery on Main St in Painesville.
Kniffins Corners (Breakman) – Leroy Township Post Office: 1890 – 1901 Location:41.659667, -81.129540 on SR 86 (Painesville Warren Rd) at the intersection of Kniffen Rd Remnants: Brakeman (Peters) Cemetery on the north side of SR 86 between Kniffen Rd & Brakeman Rd, South Leroy Meeting House in the southwest corner of the intersection of SR 86 & Brakeman Rd, old houses & farm buildings in the area Description: Kniffins Corners & Proctor Corners are ghost towns within the current populated place of Breakman which is listed on Google Maps. We will try to get it all sorted out here as chronologically & cartographically as possible. South Leroy Meeting House, a Methodist church, was constructed from 1822 – 1832 by Henry Brakeman (1785 – 1869) from New York & his sons at what would become Breakman Corners at the intersection of SR 86 & Brakeman Rd. There were a couple of local blacksmiths in the mid-1800s. A grist & saw mill with a lumber yard was along Bates Creek at what would later become Proctor Corners at the intersection of SR 86 & Leroy Thompson Rd (County Hwy 203). They were owned by Otis A. Warner Sr. (1800 – 1885) & employed many residents. Hill House (Hillhouse) post office was originally at Kniffins Corners & moved to Leroy Center. In the mid-1800s to early-1900s, there were 2 local schools along SR 86, Leroy Township No. 1 at Breakman Corners & Leroy Township No. 7 at Proctor Corners. Sometime prior to publication of the 1898 county atlas, the Kniffin family moved to the area with brother & sister George W. Kniffin (born c. 1855) & Allie B. Kniffin (born c. 1860) owning around a combined 200 acres of land on the north side of SR 86 at the GPS coordinates. During that time period, Breakman Corners was was still centered around the intersection of SR 86 & Brakeman Rd. It had a post office from 1890 – 1901. Most of the Warner farm was bought by Edward Proctor (1841 – 1916), turning that area into Proctor Corners before 1900. Breakman ended up absorbing both Kiffins & Proctor while its center shifted further east in the mid-1900s. South Leroy Meeting House was added to the National Register Of Historic Places in 1979. A restoration consisting of new siding & a fresh coat of paint began in 2015 & has since been completed. Henry Brakeman & Otis Warner Sr. were buried with relatives in Brakeman (Peters) Cemetery. Edward Proctor was laid to rest with relatives in Maple Grove Cemetery about 4 & 3/4 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates on the south side of Leroy Thompson Rd in Thompson Township, Geauga County. The burial locations of George & Allie Kniffin are unknown. Their family surname was spelled as Kniffen in some branches & in certain historical records.
Marsh Settlement – City Of Mentor (formerly Mentor Township) Location:41.725800, -81.338800 on Harbor Dr in the Mentor Marina Remnants: historical marker at the GPS coordinates Description: It was platted in 1797 by Charles Parker of the Connecticut Land Company as the first settlement in Lake County. Mentor grew out of the settlement.
New Market (Skinner’s Landing) – Painesville Township Location: 41.740973, -81.260103
on Skinner Ave at the intersection of N St Clair St along the Grand River Description: The town was platted in 1803 by Revolutionary War veteran Captain Abraham Skinner (1755 – 1826) from Connecticut, who also founded & platted Fairport. In 1788 he married Mary (Ayers) Skinner (d. 1812) & had 5 children. They moved to New Market with Abraham in 1805 after he returned to Connecticut to get them. The town had 3 warehouses, a general store, 2 taverns, & a distillery, but was abandoned as other towns in the area were growing much more rapidly. Abraham & Mary were buried with relatives in Evergreen Cemetery on Main St in Painesville.
Pease Mill – Concord Township Location: 41.668845, -81.183901 on Girdled Rd at the intersection of Cascade Rd along Big Creek Remnants: none known Description: It was founded in 1852 by David Pease (1815 – 1890) from Massachusetts & Lucy (Dean) Pease (1817 – 1857) from Rock River, OH. David built a mill on Big Creek for turning wood to make furniture & small wares, selling items at fairs & expos in local towns & big cities to increase its profit. He also planted a maple & walnut grove in Pease Hollow to replenish the trees he used. The mill collapsed due to heavy snows in 1963. David remarried after his first wife passed away & was buried with relatives in Evergreen Cemetery on Main St in Painesville.
Rush Road – City Of Willowick (formerly in Willoughby Township) Location: 41.621437, -81.457893 on E 305th St (formerly Rush Rd) at the railroad crossing between US 20 (Euclid Ave) & N Marginal Dr Remnants: none known Description: The town was on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway & was named after the family of Richard Rush (1847 – 1919) & Ella (Gould) Rush (1857 – 1949) who owned land on Rush Rd & had a few children. They were buried with relatives in S.O.M. Road Cemetery in Willoughby Hills.
Wheeler (Trumbulls Mills) – Madison Township Post Office: 1834 – 1838 & 1889 – 1900 Location: 41.735035, -81.045272 on SR 528 (S Madison Rd) at the intersection of Griswold Rd Remnants: none known Description: Wheeler was originally called Trumbulls Mills & had a grist & saw mill on the south side of the Grand River owned by the Trumbull family in the early to mid-1800s. The mill site was in what is currently Hidden Valley Park on Klassen Rd. The post office called Trumbulls Mills operated from 1834 – 1838 with John Ransom serving as postmaster. A school was on the north side of River Rd between SR 528 & Bailey Rd. There was also a cheese factory at the mill site which was pinpointed in the 1874 county atlas. The mills were sold several times over the passing decades of the 1800s & the school from the mid-1800s was replaced with a newer one (Madison Township No. 6) at the same location. Edward P. Wheeler was the first postmaster of the Wheeler office. He was succeeded by Harriet (Marsh) Sparks (1846 – 1919). Harriet was buried with relatives in Fairview Memorial Park 2 miles north of the GPS coordinates on the east side of SR 528.
Worden – City Of Wickliffe (formerly in Willoughby Township) Location: 41.621324, -81.475000 on Worden Rd at the intersection of Elgin Rd Remnants: none known Description: The town was founded by Noah Worden (1778 – 1864) from Connecticut who moved to Ohio in 1809. He had 7 children & remarried after his first wife passed away. It was a farming town & had a school in the mid 1800s. Noah was buried with relatives in Willoughby Village Cemetery on Sharpe Ave.