For the adventurous and the brave, ghost town hunting is an enjoyable hobby—for the rest of us, it’s just eerie. Ohio is home to several ghost towns with questionable stories of abandonment. The following are seven creepy ghost towns in Ohio just waiting to be explored (or, you know, avoided.)
1) Boston Mills ("Hell Town")
The people of the former town of Boston Mills (located in northern Summit County and now more commonly referred to as "Hell Town,") were mysteriously ordered by the US government to leave the town in the early 70s. Whether Satanic activity, government conspiracy or mutated citizens lead to the town's sudden evacuation, the abandoned homes, buildings and streets are said to be haunted today by the spirits of those who didn't want to leave.
Ever since 1929, when this small town displayed an unidentified body that was found on the side of the road, it's never been quite the same. "Eugene" was a strange roadside attraction in the town's local funeral home until 1964 when he was finally buried. Since then, this Clinton County town has experienced a slow and steady abandonment.
The abandoned coal mining town of Moonville in southeastern Ohio (Vinton County) was founded in 1856, when the Marietta and Cincinnati railroad ran through the area's woods. One structure of the town that remains today is the Moonville Tunnel; a haunted tunnel where legend has it the ghost of a man who was killed instantly by a train passing through the tunnel wanders along the track bed near the old tunnel at night.
Founded in 1873 among coal mines and once the largest town in Perry County, this town is well on its way to ghost town status. While there are still inhabitants of this small town, many of the buildings stand abandoned.
5) Carpenter's Mill
Very little is left of this early 1800s mill town in Delaware County. Stone bridge pillars and the skeleton of Bieber's Mill are all that remain of this long forgotten town.
Perhaps Ohio's most recent ghost town is the town of Cheshire in Gallia County, close to Point Pleasant, West Virginia. The town's power plant caused sooty residue, milky chemical fogs and an eventual buyout, quickly driving residents out of Cheshire completely. Pictured below are containers (...that are probably an EPA violation in and of themselves...) found in an abandoned bunker in Cheshire.
7) Findlay Ghost Town
Driving down St. Rt. 68, you might stumble across a sign that points the way to "Ghost Town." Created by the Galitza family, this unique roadside attraction in Findlay features a replica of an 1880s-era ghost town that was first open to the public in the 1950s. Today, the ghost town has an even more authentic ghost town feel due to a lack of upkeep and public attention.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to explore some of these? (Or are you good with just reading about them from the comfort and safety of your own home? Cause, you know, that’s an option too.)