Pee Pee, OH – (1785 – present farming town abandoned for economic reasons & later repopulated)

Classification: ghost town

Location: Pee Pee Township, Pike County – On Songbird Land (Township Rd 450)

The town was named after Peter Patrick, the first settler in the area. He carved his initials into four trees that marked the future boundaries of the town before moving back to Virginia due to attacks from local Native Americans. Free black Americans later arrived at the location & named the town after Peter’s initials which still remained in the boundary markers. A church was built in 1824 followed by a school, town hall, & a few other public buildings. Runaway slaves were assisted by the citizens during the mid 1800s & Civil War. Pee Pee lost most of its population by 1900, as conflicts with white Americans drove the black Americans away. There are no known remnants left of the town & newer residences in the area.

Shyville, OH – (1861 – 1952 farming town abandoned during the building of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant)

Classification: ghost town

Location: Scioto Township, Pike County – On Shyville Rd south of SR 32

Shyville was settled by Henry George Shy (1832 – 1910) & Clara Katherine (Knaper) Shy when they bought a farm close to Shyville Rd in 1861 & had 12 children. They were both born in Germany & met in Germany, OH in Jackson County, about 5 miles east of their farm while Clara was visiting with some relatives. Henry was a farmer & a cabinet maker. Shyville was never a large town but had a general store, a church, & a post office that ran from 1888 – 1935. The general store was operated by Herman Shy (1866 – 1945) & was lost in a fire.

There wasn’t a lot left of Shyville when the U.S. Atomic Energy Program began construction of a plant there in the early 1950s. The plant produced weapons grade uranium for the cold war arms race & is currently on shutdown status. The town of Shyville isn’t much more than a memory now except for the fact that the road still bears its name. Henry & Clara Shy are buried with several of their family members in Mound Cemetery in Piketon just north of SR 32.

Pike & Scioto County - 1888 Ohio Map With Some Ghost Towns

Pike County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1910 – Pike County Map

1915 – Pike County Map

1884 – History Of Lower Scioto Valley Ohio