We research & explore the coolest ghost towns & historic locations in Ohio!
Bagdad – Medina Township Location: 41.170907, -81.829033 on Fenn Rd at the intersection of Huffman Rd Remnants: Medina Center (Badgad) Cemetery on the north side of Fenn Rd between Huffman Rd & Weymouth Rd Description: Bagdad was settled in the late 1810s & had hopes of contending for the county seat in the future, but it never grew much. The town had a saw mill, grist mill, general store, & a church. Bagdad faded away into oblivion in the mid to late 1800s.
Chamberlain – Montville & Lafayette Township Location: 41.129221, -81.878470 on US 42 (Lafayette Rd) at the railroad crossing between Ryan Rd & Oak St Remnants: none known Description: It was on the Cleveland, Lorain, & Wheeling Railway & was founded by a branch of the Chamberlain family in the county.
Crow Town (Crow’s Corner) – Litchfield Township Location:41.186807, -82.053314 on Crow Rd at the intersection of Yost Rd along Crow Creek Remnants: Crow Road (Crow Corner) Cemetery on the south side of Crow Rd between Yost Rd & Vermont St, old houses & farms in the area Description: The town was founded by John Crow (1790 – 1867) from Massachusetts & Nancy Crow (1794 – 1873). It had a school & the residents were mostly farmers. John & Nancy were buried with relatives & other early pioneers in the cemetery.
East Montville – Montville Township Location: unknown Description: none found
Fishermans Corners – Hinckley Township Location: unknown Description: none found
Geisingers Corners – Chatham Township Location: 41.074777, -82.024590 on Avon Lake Rd at the intersection of Shaw Rd along East Fork Black River Remnants: none known Description: The proprietors were John Geisinger (1827 – 1911) & Mary (Myers) Geisinger (1825 – 1907) who moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania & had a large family. John was a carpenter & employed a few workers in local construction. The town had a school & grist mill. John & Mary were buried with relatives in Blake Cemetery on Guilford Rd in Guilford Township.
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Hales Corners – York Township Location: 41.142291, -81.923649 on Branch Rd at the intersection of Columbia Rd Remnants: Branch Cemetery on the south side of Branch Rd east of Columbia Rd Description: It was founded by Samuel Hale (1812 – 1877) & Nancy (Cranmer) Hale (1817 – 1868). They moved to Ohio from New York in 1847, purchased 300 acres, & had a few children. Samuel was a farmer & brick maker but was very anti-Mason. The Hales assisted runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad who were headed to Canada & donated money for a Methodist church at York Center. Samuel & Nancy were buried with relatives in Branch Cemetery.
Lake Junction Location: unknown, was between Chippewa Lake & Lester along the Medina Subdivision of the B & O Railroad Description: none found
Newtons – Homer Township Location:41.027450, -82.149914 on US 224 (Greenwich Rd) between Firestone Rd & Camp Rd Remnants: none known Description: The town was founded by a branch of the Newton family in the county. It was along the B & O Railroad & had a school.
Pekin – Hinckley Township Location: unknown Description: none found
Pierces Corners – Granger Township Location: 41.155635, -81.756071 on Granger Rd at the intersection of Beach Rd Renmants: Ganyard Cemetery on the west side of Ridge Rd (SR 94) between Granger Rd & Wilbur Rd, old houses & farms in the area Description: Pierces Corners could have just as aptly been named Spencers Corners. Nathaniel Pierce (1813 – 1888) was a bee raiser, sheep trader, & wool dealer & moved to Ohio from New York. He met Harriet (Spencer) Pierce (1821 – 1910) in Granger Township & married her in 1841. Harriet was the only child of Thomas & Hannah (Phelps) Spencer. They were from Connecticut & became pioneers in Medina County upon their arrival in 1818. Harriet inherited the family land & had 2 children with Nathaniel. The town had a school & many fine farms. Nathaniel & Harriet were buried with relatives, including Harriet’s parents, in Ganyard Cemetery.
Pliny – Liverpool Township Post Office: 1901 – 1904 Location: 41.215331, -81.903470 on Abbyville Rd at the railroad crossing between Muntz Rd & E Law Rd Remnants: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church & Cemetery on the south side of the GPS coordinates Description: It was on the Cleveland, Lorain, & Wheeling Railway & had the church & a school. The church congregation was formed by German immigrants in the 1830s. Its current structure was completed in 1896 & replaced the old frame building that was nearly 60 years old.
Risley – Litchfield & Chatham Township Post Office: 1892 – 1905 Location: 41.136242, -82.044232 on W Smith Rd at the intersection of Bryenton Rd Remnants: none known Description: Risley had a school, general store, & a train station on the Northern Ohio Railway.
Sheldons Corners – Granger Township Location: 41.188464, -81.710106 on Remsen Rd at the intersection of State Rd Remnants: none known Description: The town was founded by David Sheldon (1794 – 1873) & Anna (Searles) Sheldon (1800 – 1855). It had a school & shoe shop. A tragic death occurred on the Sheldon’s property when Lyman Isbell (1764 – 1820) was struck by a 40 foot rafter log as it rolled off a barn that local residents were helping build for David. Lyman was buried in Coddingville Cemetery on the east side of Dunsha Rd & his family later moved out of the state. David married Rebecca (Green) Sheldon (1808 – 1885) after Anna passed away. They were buried with relatives in Reid Hill Cemetery at the intersection of State Rd & Reid Hill Rd south of town.
Silver Creek – Wadsworth Township Location: 41.011912, -81.711701 on Silvercrest Rd between Durling Dr & Silvercreek Rd Remnants: old houses & buildings in the area Description: Silver Creek was a coal mining town & had a train station on the New York, Pennsylvania, & Ohio Railroad with a branch running to the mines. It’s large residential section has a plat map in the 1897 Medina County Atlas. The mines & railroad branch stretched southeast along Silver Creek & employed much of the local population.
Steam Town (Steamtown) – Guilford Township Location:41.047034, -81.814598 on Tower Rd at the intersection of Blake Rd Remnants: Blake Cemetery on the west side of Guilford Rd between Blake Rd & Good Rd, old houses & farms in the area Description: It was named after a steam saw mill that was built there in the mid-1800s. The original one was destroyed by fire in 1867 & a second was constructed to serve the area through the late 1800s. The town also had two schools, a Mennonite church, blacksmith shop, & a wagon shop. Many residents were buried in Blake Cemetery.
Thompsons (Thompson’s Crossing) – York Township Location: 41.142319, -81.967604 on Branch Rd at the railroad crossing between Erhart Rd & Bachtell Rd Remnants: none known Description: The town was on the Northern Ohio Railroad & its proprietor was P. M. Thompson.
Weaverville – Wadsworth Township Location:40.994821, -81.692596 on Weaverville Rd west off of Medina Line Rd between Eastern Rd & Silver Fox Dr Remnants: old houses & buildings in the area Description: It had a mine owned by the Wadsworth Coal Mine Company & a school.