We research & explore the coolest ghost towns & 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 & it 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 & postal town. William Wallace was the postmaster & 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, & Samuel Hardenbrook. Some of the residential lots sold but the town never flourished & reverted back to farmland in the mid-1800s. George later moved out of the county & was buried with relatives in Maple Grove Cemetery in Findlay, Hancock County.
Friendsboro – Cardington & 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 & Worthington – New Haven Rd Description: Friendsboro was founded in 1822 by Asa Mosher (1771 – 1843) & Bethiah Mosher (1771 – 1856) who were Quakers. They moved to Ohio from Bristol County, MA & had 11 children. The land was surveyed by War Of 1812 veteran Colonel James Kilbourn who founded Worthington, OH & a few smaller towns. Friendsboro had a cabinet shop built by John Shaw on Whetstone Creek, but the water power was insufficient for its needs & the town never grew any. Asa & 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 & postal town had a saw mill & 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 & 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 & Miriam (Dicus) Kelly (1792 – 1849) from Delaware. Allen also opened a tannery & 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 & Trimbe Rd Remnants: Pleasant Grove Church & Cemetery on Williamsport Crestline Rd south of the GPS coordinates, former one room schoolhouse across the street from the cemetery, old houses & farms in the area Description: The proprietors were Rudolph Kelker (1841 – 1908) & Ida (Cook) Kelker (1836 – 1909) who had a few children, nice farm, & were prominent members of the community. Rudolph was the postmaster & the church, school, & cemetery all pre-date 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 & Benedict Rd Remnants: Morehouse Cemetery at the GPS coordinates Description: Morehouse was founded in the early 1830s by Stephen Morehouse (1771 – 1855) & Elizabeth (Steinbeck) Morehouse (1775 – 1868). They had 11 children & moved to Ohio from New Jersey. Some of their children came to Ohio too & some stayed behind. The town had a few saw mills over the years, two tanneries, & a school. Stephen & Elizabeth were buried with relatives in Morehouse Cemetery.
Moshers Mill – Cardington & 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 & Worthington – New Haven Rd Description: The proprietors were Asa Mosher (1771 – 1843) & Bethiah Mosher (1771 – 1856) who were moved to Ohio from Bristol County, MA & had 11 children. Asa was a township trustee & constructed a grist & saw mill on Whetstone Creek that was completed in 1821. Asa & Bethiah were buried with relatives in Union Cemetery.
Peerless (Peerless Station) – Bennington Township, Morrow County (formerly in Delaware County) & 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 & Moody Rd Remnants: old houses & farms in the area Description: Peerless was on the Toledo & Ohio Central Railroad. The train station was purchased by a local farmer in 1941 & 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 & farms in the area Description: This crossroads town had a general store, school, & 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 & school & was founded by War Of 1812 veteran William Queen (1789 – 1851) & 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) & Anna (Terry) Potter (1785 – 1849) but never grew any. Lemuel & 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 & 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) & Marian Stiner (1792 – 1874). It had two saw mills (one steam powered), a Methodist church, & a school in the 1850s. William & 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 & postal town had a school & was on the Big Four Railroad (Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis).
Steam Corners, OH – (mid-1800s – present farming & 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, & a blacksmith.
There isn’t much left in town besides a Methodist church that sits next to the last school the town had, the remains of the last store near the center of town, & maybe 15 – 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.