We research and explore the coolest ghost towns and historic locations in Ohio!
Aaronsburg – South Bloomfield Township (formerly in Knox County) Location: 40.398394, -82.695172 on SR 229 at the intersection of Columbus Fredericktown Rd Remnants: none known Description: It was platted in 1824 by Aaron Macomber who had a wood bowl making business with a turning machine run by horses. The town also had a wool hat shop owned by Hugh Hartshorn. The residential lots in Aaronsburg never sold and the idea was quickly abandoned.
Barcelona – North Bloomfield Township (formerly Bloomfield Township in Richland County) Post Office: 1833 – 1834 Location:40.667542, -82.718524 on Williamsport – Williamsburg Rd at the intersection of Iberia – Bellville Rd Remnants: none known Description: Barcelona was a small farming and postal town. William Wallace was the postmaster and the office moved to Bloom Grove when it was platted.
Centerburg Location: unknown, was 8 miles southeast of Mt Gilead Description: none found
Florida Grove – Franklin Township (formerly in Knox County) Location: 40.550729, -82.776623 on Cardington Williamsport Rd at the intersection of Morrison Rd Remnants: none known Description: The town was founded in the early 1820s by Reverend George Van Eman (1786 – 1870) from Pennsylvania, Plumb Sutleff, and Samuel Hardenbrook. Some of the residential lots sold but the town never flourished and reverted back to farmland in the mid-1800s. George later moved out of the county and was buried with relatives in Maple Grove Cemetery in Findlay, Hancock County.
Friendsboro – Cardington and Gilead Township (formerly in Marion County) Location: 40.516561, -82.864181 on US 42 at the intersection of Cardington – Edison Iberia Rd along Whetstone Creek Remnants: Union Cemetery on the south side of US 42 between Furbey Rd and Worthington – New Haven Rd Description: Friendsboro was founded in 1822 by Asa Mosher (1771 – 1843) and Bethiah Mosher (1771 – 1856) who were Quakers. They moved to Ohio from Bristol County, Massachusetts and had 11 children. The land was surveyed by War of 1812 veteran Colonel James Kilbourn who founded Worthington in Franklin County and a few smaller towns around Ohio. Friendsboro had a cabinet shop built by John Shaw on Whetstone Creek, but the water power was insufficient for its needs and the town never grew any. Asa and Bethiah were buried with relatives in Union Cemetery.
Grays Corners Post Office: 1858 – 1865 Location: unknown Description: It was founded by a branch of the Gray family in the county.
Indigo – Peru Township Post Office: 1854 – 1864 Location: unknown, was in the southern portion of the township near Indigo Creek Description: This small farming and postal town had a saw mill and school.
Jamestown (Kelly’s Corner) – Franklin Township (formerly in Knox County) Post Office: dates not listed Location: 40.538664, -82.777821 on SR 95 at the 3-way intersection with Pulaskiville Rd and Criswell Rd Remnants: none known Description: The town was platted in 1824 by James Bailey who built a general store near the GPS coordinates. Appleton Rich owned a blacksmith shop. Bailey’s store was bought by Allen Kelly (1785 – 1871) from Pennsylvania and Miriam (Dicus) Kelly (1792 – 1849) from Delaware. Allen also opened a tannery and was the postmaster. The town faded out of existence after the Kellys sold the store. They were buried with relatives in Bryn Zion Cemetery about 2 miles north of town on Bryn Zion Rd in Gilead Township.
Kelker – Congress Township Post Office: 1898 – 1903 Location: 40.620061, -82.747180 on Williamsport Crestline Rd between Marion – Johnsville Rd and Trimbe Rd Remnants: Pleasant Grove Church and Cemetery on Williamsport Crestline Rd south of the GPS coordinates, former one-room schoolhouse across the street from the cemetery, old houses and farm buildings in the area Description: The proprietors were Rudolph Kelker (1841 – 1908) and Ida (Cook) Kelker (1836 – 1909) who had a few children, nice farm, and were prominent members of the community. Rudolph was the postmaster. The church, school, and cemetery all predate the establishment of the town. The Kelkers were buried with relatives including Rudolph’s parents in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Morehouse – Peru Township (formerly in Delaware County) Location: 40.407010, -82.901775 on SR 229 (Marengo – Norton Rd) along Turkey Run between Kilbourne – Cardington Rd and Benedict Rd Remnants: Morehouse Cemetery at the GPS coordinates Description: Morehouse was founded in the early 1830s by Stephen Morehouse (1771 – 1855) and Elizabeth (Steinbeck) Morehouse (1775 – 1868). They had 11 children and moved to Ohio from New Jersey. Some of their children came to Ohio and some stayed behind. The town had a few saw mills over the years, 2 tanneries, and a school. Stephen and Elizabeth were buried with relatives in Morehouse Cemetery.
Moshers Mill – Cardington and Gilead Township (formerly in Marion County) Location: 40.517152, -82.866701 on US 42 at the intersection of Mosher Rd Remnants: Union Cemetery on the south side of US 42 between Furbey Rd and Worthington – New Haven Rd Description: The proprietors were Asa Mosher (1771 – 1843) and Bethiah Mosher (1771 – 1856) who were moved to Ohio from Bristol County, Massachusetts and had 11 children. Asa was a township trustee and constructed a grist mill and saw mill on Whetstone Creek that was completed in 1821. Asa and Bethiah were buried with relatives in Union Cemetery.
Peerless (Peerless Station) – Bennington Township, Morrow County (formerly in Delaware County) and Porter Township, Delaware County
Post Office: 1881 – 1910 Location:40.350617, -82.765175 on Peerless Rd (Mt Vernon Olive Green Rd) at theformer railroad crossing between SR 656 and Moody Rd Remnants: old houses and farm buildings in the area Description: Peerless was on the Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad. The train station was purchased by a local farmer in 1941 and converted to a corn crib.
Penlan – Harmony Township Post Office: 1898 – 1901 Location:40.445441, -82.746309 on Penlan Rd (Co Rd 184) at the intersection of Township Rd 179 Remnants: Mt Pisgah Baptist Church at the intersection, old houses and farm buildings in the area Description: This crossroads town had a general store, school, and the church that was constructed in the mid-1870s.
Queen Settlement – Canaan Township (formerly in Marion County) Location: unknown Description: The town had a church and school and was founded by War of 1812 veteran William Queen (1789 – 1851) and Elizabeth Queen (1795 – 1879). They were buried with relatives in Glendale Cemetery on Glendale St in Cardington.
Rome – South Bloomfield Township (formerly in Knox County) Location: 40.408755, -82.705301 on SR 314 (Chesterville – Sparta Rd) at the intersection of Prospect Mt Vernon Rd Remnants: none known Description: It was platted in 1827 by Lemuel Potter (1778 – 1860) and Anna (Terry) Potter (1785 – 1849) but never grew any. Lemuel and Anna were buried with relatives in Bloomfield Cemetery on Rich Hill Bloomfield Rd.
Sandusky Cross Roads (Sandusky X Roads) – Chester Township (formerly in Knox County) Post Office: 1824 – 1836
Description: It was a small farming and postal town. Allen Kelly (1785 – 1871) was the last postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Bryn Zion Cemetery on Bryn Zion Rd in Gilead Township.
Steiners Corners (Stiners Corner) – Lincoln Township (formerly in Delaware County) Location:40.481369, -82.820646 on SR 61 at the intersection of SR 529 (Cardinton – Chesterville Rd), Remnants: Asbury Cemetery on the south side of SR 529 west of the intersection, Buck Cemetery on the north side of SR 529 across from Asbury Cemetery Description: The town was founded by William Stiner (1772 – 1837) and Marian Stiner (1792 – 1874). It had 2 saw mills (one steam-powered), a Methodist church, and a school in the 1850s. William and Marian were buried with relatives in Asbury Cemetery. The Bucks were also a large family in the area.
Surprise – Washington Township (formerly in Marion County) Post Office: 1826 – 1903 Location: 40.610779, -82.842085 on Marion – Williamsport Rd at the intersection of Mt Gilead – Iberia Galion Rd Remnants: none known Description: This farming and postal town had a school and was on the Big Four Railroad (Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad).
Steam Corners, OH – (mid-1800s – present farming and saw mill town with less residents than in the past)
Classification: small town
Location: Troy Township, Morrow County – On Steam Corners – Lexington Rd at the intersection of SR 314 (Chesterville – Shelby Rd)
The town was first settled in the 1850s as a small farming community. It had population boom in the early 1860s when a steam-powered saw mill was constructed nearby, so they started to call the area Steam Corners. A post office moved into town in 1864 but was later discontinued. A new post office was built that ran from 1865 – 1901. The first store in town also opened in 1865. In the late 1800s to early 1900s, Steam Corners had a school, church, general store, tavern, wagon shop, and a blacksmith.
There isn’t much left in town besides a Methodist church that sits next to the last school the town had and maybe 20 homes. Its biggest attraction these days is the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course about a mile east of Steam Corners on Steam Corners – Lexington Rd.
Morrow County, Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources