We research, explore, & promote the preservation of the coolest ghost towns & historical places in Ohio. Our group also makes several trips a year to discover what's physically left of them. It's how we learn about our state's history & the people that lived through it. The interactive google maps below the town descriptions are best viewed on satellite mode. If you're planning a trip & would like more info or have any other questions, send us a message through the contact page. We also accept research requests for towns that aren't already on our list. Our group is interested in the potential for paranormal activity at some of the locations but that's a small percentage of the massive research that we do. It usually starts with the founding of the towns & some genealogy of those involved, then moves on the the town's heyday, & ends with what's still there today. This website & our other online pages are a treasure trove of info for history buffs, ghost hunters, & anyone in Ohio that's looking for the different than usual things to check out & do.
One of the best ways to learn about history is to go where it happened. The people that lived in some of the towns are long gone but the stories continue to be told through the buildings & items that were left behind.
Company Motto & Favorite Quote: "Hold this rope & pull me out if I start screaming."
Please take as many precautions as possible when exploring ghost towns & abandoned places. It can be a dangerous hobby at times with many different ways to get injured. Also always get permission to enter unoccupied buildings & houses on private property or at any location that might not be completely abandoned.
*Some things to keep in mind while exploring:*
- You can never be too prepared -
Have extra flashlights with you, at least a small medical kit, pack some snacks & water, & a cell phone. Many of the locations listed on this website are out in the middle of nowhere & a long way from main roads & hospitals. Carefully examine your trip route, make sure your vehicle is roadworthy, & take everything you might need to be prepared for any travel or exploring emergency.
- Rough terrain & dangerous indoor environments -
Watch every step you take & be mindful of any potential hazards. Don't go anywhere that looks harder to get out of than it is to get in. Pay attention to all exits or best ways back to a main trail. Look for landmarks & know the way back to your vehicle at all times.
- Take signs seriously -
Don't go past any no trespassing, do not enter, dangerous area, or closed trail signs at any location. It sucks running into them at cool places sometimes but they really are there for your safety.
- Encountering wildlife & vegetation -
Snakes, bees, spiders, & animals love ghost towns & abandoned buildings too. So do sticker bushes. Always wear pants or jeans & durable shoes or boots.
- Being a respectful & responsible explorer -
Give respect to all public & private property. Many of the places on this website have historical values that can not be replaced. Leave them the same or better than when you got there. Take a garbage bag when visiting ghost towns or cemeteries & pick up any trash you find. We don't expect anyone to clean up an entire location themselves but any bit helps & every bag counts.