We research and explore the coolest ghost towns and historic locations in Ohio!
Bairdsville – Brighton Township (formerly in Medina County) Post Office: 1836 – 1838 Location: 41.185430, -82.322075 on Peck Wadsworth Rd at the intersection of Baird Rd Remnants: none known Description: It was founded by a branch of the Baird family in the county.
Benton – Sheffield Township Location: unknown, was near Sheffield Description: none found
Brownhelm Centre – Brownhelm Township Post Office: 1835 – 1838 Location: 41.385917, -82.303917 on N Ridge Rd at the intersection of Sunnyside Rd Remnants: Brownhelm (North Ridge) Cemetery at the intersection Description: There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with the location but it couldn’t compete with previously settled towns which were already growing at good rates. Prior to the post office being established, Revolutionary War veteran and Boston Tea Party member George Bacon (1757 – 1834) and Hepzibah (Crease) Bacon (1762 – 1829) owned most of the land in the area. They were buried with many relatives and township pioneers in Brownhelm Cemetery.
Carlisle (Murraysville) – Carlisle Township Post Office: 1828 – 1847 and 1847 – 1855 Location: 41.336561, -82.122204 on Oberlin Elyria Rd at the intersection of Russia Rd along Black River Remnants: South Murray Ridge Cemetery at the intersection of Murray Ridge Rd and Russia Rd Description: The town was founded by Philo Murray (1789 – 1854) and Harriet (Minot) Murray (1797 – 1862) who moved to Ohio from Connecticut in the early 1820s and had 7 children. Its post office name changed to Carlisle in 1847. In the mid-1800s there was a saw mill, grist mill, general store, school, and about 25 houses. The town kept growing well on its own and was never abandoned, but was eventually absorbed by the City of Elyria. Philo and Harriet were buried with relatives and other township pioneers in South Murray Ridge Cemetery.
Ferguson Location: unknown Description: It was founded by a branch of the Ferguson family in the county.
Folger (Avon Station) – City of Avon (formerly Avon Township) Post Office: 1891 – 1918 Location: 41.478374, -82.019310 on Avon Belden Rd (SR 83) at the railroad crossing between Walker Rd and Chester Rd Remnants: old buildings in the area Description: Named after the Folger family in the township, it was on the New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad . The town had a train station and a fruit office which was mainly used for housing grapes that were ready for shipment. The store and post office was in the southwest corner of the intersection.
Hart’s Station – Carlisle Township Location: 41.285065, -82.081778 on Indian Hollow Rd at the intersection of Banks Rd Remnants: many remnants and foundations on the Windfall Quarry Trail in Sheldon Woods of the Lorain County Metroparks System Description: The town was founded by John Hart (1830 – 1896) and Caroline Hart (1838 – 1908) who had a few children, nice farm, and donated land for a train station on the Cleveland, Tuscarawas Valley, & Wheeling Railroad. John built a water-powered saw mill along the Black River that was later converted to steam. Farming and rock quarries were the main industries and the Grafton – Brunswick Railroad, built by the quarry company, was used to ship stones. There was also a school, blacksmith shop, general store, and creamery in the mid to late 1800s. John and Caroline were buried with relatives in Butternut Ridge Cemetery on Butternut Ridge Rd in Elyria.
Huff Location: unknown Description: none found
Hulberts Corners – City Of Amherst (formerly in Amherst Township) Location:41.398506, -82.226853 at the intersection of Milan Ave and Cleveland Ave Remnants: none known Description: Hulberts Corners was the former town at the location Amherst was built on. The Hulbert family was long gone by the time Amherst was founded.
Kishmans – Brownhelm Township Location:41.422545, -82.343679 along the northern set of railroad tracks between US 6 (Liberty Ave) and Vermilion Rd Remnants: none known Description: The proprietors were Albert Kishman (1868 – 1951) and Harriet (Henkes) Kishman (1969 – 1910). Albert was a farmer and fisherman who was born into a large and well known fishing family of German descent. The town was on the New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad from the late 1890s to early 1920s. Albert and Harriet were buried with relatives in Brownhelm (North Ridge) Cemetery on N Ridge Rd.
Nickel Plate – Lagrange Township Post Office: 1888 – 1895 Location: 41.264218, -82.157652 on Diagonal Rd at the intersection of Kipton Nickel Plate Rd Remnants: Rockwood Cemetery on the east side of Diagonal Rd north of the intersection Description: It had a cheese factory, general store, school, and a rock quarry operated by the Cleveland Stone Company in the late 1800s to early 1900s. There was a spur of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway on the east side of Diagonal Rd which was used to transport stone. Residents were buried in Rockwood Cemetery.
Oak Point – City Of Lorain (formerly in Black River Township) Location: 41.435597, -82.248489 on US 6 at the intersection of Oak Point Rd Remnants: none known Description: Oak Point was a shipping port for the Clough Stone Company which had a narrow gauge railroad running from the quarries to the New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad and the quarry wharf on Lake Erie. The town also had a hotel, bath house, and a community hall near the wharf.
Paradise Location: unknown Description: none found
Patterson (Patterson Station) – Carlisle Township Location: 41.319894, -82.102731 on Butternut Ridge Rd at the railroad crossing between Lagrange Rd and Indian Hollow Rd Remnants: none known Description: The town was on the Cleveland, Lorain, & Wheeling Railroad. Its proprietor William Patterson (1811 – 1901) held the offices of county sheriff and commissioner as well as every office in the township at one time or another. He had 3 children with his first wife Phoebe (Vincent) Patterson (1813 – 1856). They were born and married in Massachusetts in 1833 and moved to Ohio in 1837. William remarried after Phoebe passed away.
Rugby – Brownhelm Township Post Office: 1897 – 1903 Location:41.379381, -82.317049 between Bank St and Vermilion Rd along the Vermilion River Remnants: Rugby Cemetery on the south side of N Ridge Rd between Gore Orphanage Rd and Bank St, one-room schoolhouse at the fork of Banks St and Morse Rd west of the GPS coordinates, Mill Hollow House on N Ridge Rd in the Vermilion River Reservation Description: The town was the location of Brownhelm Mills, currently in the Vermilion River Reservation, which had a saw mill and grist mill. The Mill Hollow House was built for Benjamin Bacon (1789 – 1868) and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Residents were buried in Rugby Cemetery and Brownhelm (North Ridge) Cemetery on N Ridge Rd.
Seaman – Elyria Township Location: unknown Description: none found
Shawville (Ridgeville Station) – City Of North Ridgeville (formerly in Ridgeville Township) Post Office: 1874 – 1881 Location: 41.375602, -82.018754 at the railroad crossing between Old Avon Belned Rd N and Old Avon Belden Rd S Remnants: none known Description: Shawville was founded by Samuel Shaw (1829 – 1918) from New York and Juliaett (Wiley) Shaw 1830 – 1923) from Pennsylvania. It had a train station on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. Samuel and Juliaett were buried with relatives in Ridgeville (North Ridgeville Center) Cemetery on Stoney Ridge Rd.
Spencer – Penfield Township Post Office: 1834 – 1849 Location: 41.154202, -82.122825 on Lattasburg – Elyria Rd (SR 301) at the intersection of Jones Rd Remnants: none known Description: The town was founded by Calvin Spencer (1778 – 1857) and Mary (Hawley) Spencer (1786 – 1846) who moved to Ohio from New York in 1824 and had 6 children. Calvin built a saw mill and the town also had a school. They were buried in Penfield Cemetery on Medina – Norwalk Rd.
Trinity – City Of Avon Post Office – 1898 – 1904 Location: 41.448269, -82.000237 on Jaycox Rd at the intersection of Emory Dr Remnants: Holy Trinity Cemetery on the west side of Jaycox Rd south of the intersection Description: Trinity was settled by Catholic German immigrants. It had a school, shoe shop, a frame church built in 1843, and the cemetery was established in 1833. The congregation’s current church is over 100 years old and stands at the intersection of Detroit Ave (SR 254) and Nagel Rd.
Troxel – New Russia Township (formerly Russia Township) Location: unknown Description: It was founded by a branch of the Troxel family in the county.
Webbs Corners (South Amherst) – Amherst Township Location: 41.357484, -82.240206 on SR 113 (Milan Elyria Rd) at the intersection of S Lake St Remnants: Evergreen Cemetery on the south side of SR 113, Pioneer Cemetery on the west side of S Lake St Description: Webbs Corners was the original name of South Amherst. It was founded in 1816 by Reuben Webb (1770 – 1838) and Mary Webb. They had a a few children and built a tavern near Beaver Creek. They were buried with relatives in Evergreen Cemetery.
Lorain County, Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources