We research & explore the coolest ghost towns & historic locations in Ohio!
Adamsville – Adams Township Location: 41.170127, -82.976485 on SR 18 at the intersection of CR 21 (County Rd 21) Remnants: Block (English Evangelical Lutheran) Cemetery on the west side of CR 21 north of the GPS coordinates, Zion Lutheran Church & Adams Lutheran Cemetery at the intersection of CR 21 & E Township Rd 128 Description: It was platted in 1846 by Daniel Kistler (d. 1858). The current Zion Lutheran Church was built in 1885 & the town also had a school & Evangelical Lutheran church on land donated by Joseph Neikirk (1806 – 1887) from Maryland & Barbara (Noel) Neikirk (1804 – 1869) from Pennsylvania. Daniel was buried with relatives in Adams Lutheran Cemetery & the Neikirks were buried with relatives in Block Cemetery. As Adamsville faded away into history, Cooper (Cooperstown) sprang up barely south of the location.
Butternut Ridge – Adams Township Post Office: 1851 – 1867 Location: 41.255256, -82.980900 on SR 101 (Portland Rd) between E County Rd 62 & N Township Rd 179 Remnants: Butternut Ridge Chapel & Lay (Butternut Ridge Church Of Christ) Cemetery at the GPS coordinates Description: The town had a school & cooper shop. The post office was on the north side of E Township Rd 178 between CR 21 & Township Line Rd.
Castina – Thompson Township Post Office: 1828 – 1839 Location: unknown Description: It was listed in The Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guide in 1841 as 18 miles from Tiffin, 4 & 1/2 miles from Bellevue, & 9 from Republic.
Elizabethtown – Bloom Township Location: 41.066573, -83.068471 on SR 67 at the intersection of CR 16 (E County Rd 16) Remnants: none known Description: The town was founded by Dr. James Fisher (1801 – 1888) & Elizabeth (Boyer) Fisher (d. 1878) who moved to Ohio from Maryland in 1832. It was named after Elizabeth & had a saloon, wagon shop, & blacksmith shop. The Fishers moved to Missouri & were buried in Maple Park Cemetery in Springfield.
Fitz Henry Post Office: 1850 – 1852 Location: unknown Description: It was listed in the 1853 W. W. Reilly & Co.’s Ohio State Business Directory.
Hedgetown (Sulphur Springs) – Pleasant & Adams Township Location: 41.235732, -83.075459 on Township Rd 169 (Tr 0169) along Beaver Creek between E County Rd 34 (Cr34) & Tr 0164 Remnants: none known Description: Hedgetown was founded by Josiah Hedges (1778 – 1858) & Eliza (Hammerly) Hedges who moved to Ohio from Virginia in 1820. The town had a church, school, saw mill, & a grist mill. Josiah also served in the state legislature & founded Tiffin. The Hedges were buried with relatives in Greenlawn Cemetery on E County Rd 36 (Cr36) in Tiffin. Some residents of Hedgetown were buried in Bunker Hill Cemetery on the south side of E County Rd 44 (Cr44) west of N Township Rd 169.
Hopewell – Hopewell Township Location: 41.123513, -83.247008 on W Township Rd 112 (Center Rd) at the intersection of Tr0113 Remnants: former school at the intersection, Hopewell Cemetery in a farm field on the east side of Tr0021 south of Cr48 Description: It had a grocery store, church, & the school.
Jackson Station – Jackson Township Post Office: 1868 – 1870 Location: 41.196094, -83.356650 on W Township Rd 84 (Ecker Rd) at the intersection of N Township Rd 65 (Tr0065) along the former railroad path Remnants: none known Description: Jackson Station was on the Fremont & Lima Railroad. The former railroad path can be seen on satellite maps.
Leamansville Post Office: 1832 – 1845 Location: unknown Description: It was listed in the 1843 A Table Of Post-Offices In Ohio, Arranged By Counties, Townships, And Towns as being 15 miles from the county seat.
Linden (Maple Grove) – Liberty Township Post Office: 1874 – 1875 & 1885 – 1909 Location: 41.217275, -83.226588 on N County Rd 41 at the intersection of Cr42 Remnants: old houses & farms in the area Description: This small farming, railroad, & postal town sat at the crossing of the Pennsylvania Railroad & Nickel Plate Road. It had a train station that served both tracks.
Middleburg – Liberty Township Location: 41.234568, -83.254350 on SR 12 (Fostoria Fremont Rd) at the intersection of N Township Rd 69 Remnants: none known Description: It was platted in 1832 & disappeared in the late 1830s.
Mohawk – Eden Township Location: 41.066235, -83.173448 on SR 231 (Mohawk Rd) at the intersection of W County Rd 16 along Honey Creek Remnants: none known Description: Mohawk Tribe members John Van Metre (Van Meter), his wife Susan (Brandt) Van Metre & her brothers Chief Thomas Brandt, Isaac Brandt, & Paulus Brandt were awarded 1,000 acres for a reservation called the Van Metre Reserve in an 1817 treaty. John had been taken captive by Wyandots in West Virginia in 1778, later transferred to the Mohawks, & married Susan in a tribal ceremony. 25 Mohawk families lived on the reserve & John was buried there when he passed away in the mid-1820s. The reserve was sold in 1828 & what was left of the tribe moved west across the Mississippi River in 1829. These days a lake, golf course, & some businesses in the area still bear the Mohawk name.
Palo Alto – Seneca Township Post Office: 1856 – 1881 Location: 41.029018, -83.232457 on SR 53 at the intersection of Cr6 (County Rd 6) Remnants: old houses & farms in the area Description: Palo Alto was a small farming town with a blacksmith shop in the southeast corner of the intersection.
Raineys (Raneys) – Loudon Township Location: 41.142831, -83.343812 on Township Hw 47 at the railroad crossing between SR 18 & Township Rd 132 (Punk Hollow Rd) Remnants: none known Description: The town proprietors were Isaac Raney (1841 – 1897 & Susanna (Fox) Raney (1840 – 1914) who were both born in Seneca County. They owned a farm along the Mansfiled, Coldwater, & Lake Michigan Railroad & the B & O Railroad which ran parallel to each other through the area. Isaac & Susanna were buried in Loudon Township Cemetery on the south side of SR 18 in Fostoria.
Saint Nicholas (Frenchtown) – Big Spring Township Post Office: 1884 – 1885 Location: 41.014221, -83.339645 on Bloom Rd at the intersection of Clouse Rd Remnants: Saint Nicholas Catholic Church & French Town (Saint Nicholas) Cemetery north of the GPS coordinates on Cr6 between Clouse Rd & S Co Rd 591 Description: The town founders were the Lafontaine family & few others who arrived in the area from France in the 1840s. Farming was the main industry & a Catholic congregation formed in 1855 which was half German in the early days & more French as time went on. The impressive church structure was built in 1856.
Sheatenhelm – Pleasant Township Location: 41.212037, -83.088169 on E County Rd 44 (Cr44) between Lamalie Rd & N Township Rd 169 (Adams – Pleasant Township Line Rd) Remnants: Bunker Hill Cemetery on the south side of E County Rd 44 west of N Township Rd 169 Description: The town was founded by Grafton Shedenhelm ( 1813 – 1882) from Maryland & Mary (Shaul or Schall) Shedenhelm (1817 – 1849) from Virginia. They had 8 children & a 240 acre farm with a steam saw mill along the Big Four Railroad. After Mary passed away, Grafton married one of Mary’s sisters or cousins, Catharine (Shaul or Schall) Shedenhelm (1825 – 1880) & had another 7 children. They were buried with relatives in Bunker Hill Cemetery.
Steinerville – City Of Tiffin (formerly in Hopewell Township) Location: 41.109229, -83.201532 on Fair Ln off of Hopwell Ave Remnants: none known Description: It was platted in 1852 by Henry Steiner (Stoner) (1781 – 1857) who owned over 300 acres along the Sandusky, Dayton, & Cincinnati Railroad & stretching south across the current Seneca County Fairgrounds. Henry was buried with relatives in Fairmont (Stoner) Cemetery on the south side of Tyber Rd in Tiffin.
Thomsontown (Thompson Center) – Thompson Township Location: 41.211853, -82.898696 on E County Rd 32 (Cr 32) at the intersection of N Township Rd 81 Remnants: Thompson Center (Dunkirk) Cemetery on the south side of E County Rd 32 west of the intersection, old houses & farms in the area Description: Thomsontown had a school, church, & town hall in the mid to late 1800s.
Trumbo – Jackson Township Post Office: 1873 – 1874 Location: 41.199052, -83.343364 on Fostoria Fremont Rd at the intersection of Good Rd (Wertz Rd) Remnants: old houses & farms in the area Description: It was founded by Enoch Trumbo (1804 – 1894) from Pennsylvania & Elanor (Robertson) Trumbo (1812 – 1873) who had 6 children & a large farm. Enoch was a stone mason, farmer, county commissioner, justice of the peace, & township trustee. The town was along the Fremont & Lima Railroad (later bought by the Lake Erie & Louisville Railroad) but didn’t have a train station. Enoch & Elanor were buried with relatives in Zion Lutheran Cemetery at the intersection of W County Rd 592 (Cr592) & Cr39 south of town.