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Melancthon (ghost town)

Melancthon, Ontario

Location Owner clay70
Creation Date Apr 10 2010
Status Abandoned
Category Ghost Town
Location Melancthon, Ontario
Site number #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.

Latlng: (44.102549, -80.257401)

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Unknown User Interesting write up...very uninteresting house. Doubt I'll even post my pics!
Apr 09 2012
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doom vs @ Adriana...hilarious...did you guys see my shadow? Was there Friday!
Apr 09 2012