Browns Chapel, OH (Browns Run) – (1801 – present farming town with less residents now than in the past)
Classification: small town
Location: German Township, Montgomery County – On Browns Run Rd near the intersection of Oxford Rd
It was settled by Richard Brown, a fur trader & farmer, in 1798. The town was surveyed in 1801 & grew with a couple of schools, a church, wool mill, & some of the local farmers also did other things like blacksmith work & carpentry. Browns Run was never a large town but had a post office from 1894 – 1899 & was widely known to be some of the best farming land in Montgomery County alongside Browns Run Creek. Roads in the early days were rough & hard to pass through, to say the least, but construction in the 1900s made travel a lot easier.
The area still keeps its name today, partly due to Brown’s Run Country Club which is a private membership golf course that opened in 1956 with the promise of playing the game in a more natural setting. Richard Brown was probably buried in Brown Run Cemetery with other early settlers & families.
Tadmor, OH – (1851 – 1922 canal & railroad town abandoned & later flooded)