Ghost Towns of
Vinton County

Vinton County is probably the most heavily-wooded county in the state. Here you'll find artifacts from the mining and iron furnace industries, and many ghost towns with relics still intact. Today it's one of our poorest counties, but it is one of the most beautiful, with its own resort community--Lake Hope--and thousands of acres of the Wayne National Forest. The county seat is McArthur. Below is a list of ghost towns buried in the backwoods of Vinton County.

Brown Twp.
Ghost town located where Lake Hope is today, this place is the home of an abandoned iron furnace where arms and ammunition were manufactured for the Union Army during the Civil War. Today it's marked by Lake Hope Park.
Brown Twp.
Railroad town.
Railroad stop located down the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad from Moonville, this town was the home of a general store and site of the still-standing Mineral tunnel, which is made out of railroad ties.
Brown Twp.
Mining town and site of the impressive Moonville Tunnel, which is still standing and known as the haunt of the headless conductor of Moonville.