Ghost Towns of
Guernsey County


Guernsey County is home to Cambridge, as well as Quaker City and Old Washington. It's a fairly rural county in which most of the towns are at least semi-ghost towns. Of course, there are lots of real ghost towns, as well. My thanks to Andrea McEnaney for compiling and sending me this list.



Aix
Washington Twp.
Post office town.
Birds Run
Wills Twp.
Originally called Bridgeville, this town was platted by Washington Shoff in 1848 on Wills Creek.
Birmingham
Monroe Twp.
Town platted in 1826 by William Carson. Originally known as New Birmingham, the name was later changed to Milnersville to honor Jesse Milner, the first settler. Later on it was changed back.
Brady
Jefferson Twp.
Post office town which also contained a store, blacksmith, mill, and covered bridge in 1848.
Cadwalader
Washington Twp.
Post office town.
Bridgewater
Oxford Twp.
Town platted in 1834 by William Orr on the National Road. It had a brick tavern which is still standing and one of Guernsey County's famous "S" bridges, as well as one of the four county tollgates.
Claysville
Westland Twp.
Town platted in 1828 by Ford Barnes. Mainly a tobacco town, it had a population of 205 in 1850. The railroad bypassed it, however, and it deteriorated from there.
Clio
Jefferson Twp.
Post office town.
Divide
Washington Twp.
Post office town which contained a store from the early 1860's through 1870.
Easton
Wills Twp.
Town platted in 1842 by David Drew. Its location was where the Guernsey County Fairgrounds are located today, at the east end of Old Washington.
Elizabethtown
Wills Twp.
Town platted in 1832 by Jacob Weller, located two miles east of Old Washington. Its greatest population was 217 in 1860, but today its population is zero, since I-70 runs right through the place where it used to stand.
Frankfort
Millwood Twp.
Also called Smithwood, this town was laid out in 1804 by Joseph Smith--the first town laid out in Guernsey County. Today it is referred to as Lost Town, since nobody can figure out where it was. Supposedly it was at the place where Putney Ridge intersects Zane's Trace, but since they don't intersect it's sort of confusing.
Frisco
Monroe Twp.
Post office town located on Rocky Fork Creek.
Londonderry
Londonderry Twp.
Town platted by Robert Wilken. Its greatest population was 93, achieved in 1850. It contained a general store, a harness shop, and a grist mill.
Middlebourne
Oxford Twp.
Town platted in 1827 by Benjamin Masters. It was originally known as Middletown, and it was once the site of the first tavern in Guernsey County, built by Thomas Hays. The site of the tavern has been partially excavated in a survey of the old National Road.
Odell
Monroe Twp.
Post office town.
Ohioville
Knox Twp.
Town platted in 1843 which never grew to any appreciable size.
Paris
Westland Twp.
Town laid out in 1827 by William Hunter, located eleven miles west of Senecaville on the McConnelsville-Cambridge Road. It was defunct by 1860.
Prohibition
Monroe Twp.
Post office town named after the strong temperance movement in the area.
Sugar Tree
Jefferson Twp.
Post office town.
West Barnesville
Westland Twp.
Town laid out in 1825 by Ford Barnes. It was defunct by 1860.
West Boston
Town platted in 1836 by Charles Phillis. It was gone by 1860.
Winterset
Madison Twp.
Town laid out in 1836 by Isaac Bonnell. It was originally called Winchester but was changed to avoid confusion with another Winchester, this one in Adams County. Its greatest population was 197. It was located on Route 22 and was a stop on the Underground Railroad. I wonder if they named it this because of the proximity of the town of Somerset.



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