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Melancthon (ghost town)

Discovered by clay70
Created Apr 10 2010
Recent status Abandoned
Category Ghost Town
City Melancthon, Ontario
Location # 1375

James Beachell set foot in the Melancthon area in 1848 where he met poor roads and forest. He opened a tavern/hotel and in 1851 the first post office. He became the 1st reeve of the township. Soon there were 3 hotels, a blacksmith, and a carpenter/undertaker.

Brown became the postmaster in the 1850(a)s. Deliveries were made on horseback from Melancthon to Dundalk, Markdale and Mulmer weekly (and later twice/week). He became the township clerk. Now the village could boast an Orange Hall, Grange Hall, school, churches, etc. The Anglican services were held at the Orange Hall and done by travelling ministers.

The Railway plans for the area brought more prosperity and with it a new hotel/store. The trains brought goods and liquor in 1870. Morey set up a liquor wholesale outfit and supplied the taverns.

A town hall was set up in 1874 when there were 4 taverns. 1876 saw a sawmill with homes built for the mill workers that lasted until 1900. A newer store was in place by the 1890(a)s (which lasted as a store until 2000 and demolished in 2007).

WWI saw the decline of the village as the lumber supply was depleted. The post office stayed in business until 1969. The Old Gravel Cemetery was moved and jammed into its present spot when Hwy. 10 was widened. The railway lines were lifted in 1997. And in 2006 the government opened a huge wind farm on the former town site.

_simplymemorable: Cool abandoned house. Covered in Vines. Didn't go inside. Watch your step, ground is uneven around the house & there are two big holes in the ground.

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chiller Found this place on the way back from a photo shoot in Owen Sound. I had a feeling it had been discovered before. LOL. The only odd thing when I was there was the Cat that was hanging out in the barn. Loved the upstairs window and the view from the old kitchen.

Jan 08 2015

white wolf Interesting place to visit and photograph.Have to watch where you walk, especially on main floor ,as floor has several holes.Felt safer walking on floor on second level.Interesting window at end of hall on upstairs facing front of house.Want to go back again soon in future.Might attempt to go in basement next time

Oct 21 2014

DogShapedBoy My sister and fellow Urban Explorer had her engagement photos taken at this location. Very interesting house. Very soft floors, one of our group members had his foot go through the floor in the living room/ kitchen. Watch your step.

Aug 30 2014

Nomad I wish this place wasn't so far away from me. The name of the town, "Melancthon", is one of the variations of my last name, "Melanson". Chances are that the founder/s of this town were of Acadian decent. Thanks all for the images - I didn't know that this place existed.

Mar 19 2013

Ian85 Looks cool!

Jun 20 2012

Adriana We looked in the outbuilding, wasn't anything special.

Apr 11 2012

doom vs Nah, didn't bother with that. No light source really. Didn't check the outbuildings either.

Apr 11 2012

Adriana You went into the basement too?? Ah! You gotta watch yourself lol

Apr 11 2012

doom vs No doubt...I tested each can see how sketchy they were...the small area at the top was wobbling. Had it been like the downstairs I woulda done a face palm.

Apr 11 2012

Adriana Ya the upstairs was pretty cool doom! Nice shots.... I definitely wasnt going to risk it after what happened haha.

Apr 11 2012

doom vs Yeah it was pretty run of the mill...what it had going for it upstairs was a pretty cool hallway and some interesting old school wallpaper with an indian motif which seemed to be hidden behind drywall. Looking at the pics of the stairs now I wonder what the hell I was thinking going up!

Apr 09 2012
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Unknown user The exterior was what really turned me off & I've seen plenty of trashed interiors. Besides we had to keep moving to get to the red saggy house while we had a good sky!

Apr 09 2012

Adriana I'll be the judge of your upstairs pics. hah

Apr 09 2012

doom vs I found the upstairs to be cool, the downstairs meh.

Apr 09 2012

Adriana I still found it pretty neat :)

Apr 09 2012