Sunday, April 17, 2016

Looking for Another Ghost Town--Martinsburg Along Beaver Creek

 A few years ago, a former crew member gave me a copy of the map that was drawn by R. Max Gard and William Vodrey in 1950.  This Map came with a book both Gentlemen wrote, mapping out the Sandy and Beaver Canal, as was left in 1950.  

 One of the things that intrigued me found on the map is the location of a town called Martinsburg.  Martinsburg as a little village, similar to Sprucevale. Like Sprucevale, it vanished when the canal ended.
We are determined to find the remains of this little village.
We began our adventure at the Grist Mill at Sprucevale.
With me was Amanda and Jeremy Vantilburg and Nicholas Vantilburg.   Also my grandsons, Joshua and Tyme.
 You travel along the creek, keeping to the path, which is sometimes hard because it can be wet and swampy.
We saw a Bald Eagle.  It was gone too fast to get a pic, but it was fantastic to see.  We also came across a deer and that was a thrill, too!
The first thing we came acros was Lock 44.  I have not been over there to explore it yet, but it is in my future.
Somewhere around here, according to the map, is Lock 45 so a trip here will be a two for one deal!
 We encountered some people on horseback and was told that once we found the bridge, Martinsville was right beside it.  You can imagine how excited we were to find it!
Unfortunately, there was no sign of a little village.  I have seen pics from someone claiming they were foundations from Martinsburg.  They are out there somewhere~
WE did not find Marinsburg.  We did find Lock 46.  Again we are on the wrong side of the creek to explore it, but we did see it.

So where is Martinsburg?  If you know, please tell me how to get there!  My goal is to see all the remaining locks along Beaver Creek an any mill, ghost town, or anything else associated with it!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Whistling Soldier of River Road?

I heard a story about a soldier who returns home and is found often down along River Road. He made it through WWII and was hit by a car when he got home and killed.  His ghost has been seen down along River Road or heard whistling down in that area.  I am looking for more information about this legend.   I did a story a few years ago about a man who survived WWII and came home to his wife, only to be killed in a hit and run accident a few years later.  He and his family had a house on Daisey Alley.  It was an unsovled crime.  He is buried in Calcutta Cemetery.  I don't know if it is the same story or not.
If you have any information or just heard the story before, please email me at

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Lock 26 of the Sandy and Beaver Canal

My goal is to find all the remaining Locks in the Sandy and Beaver Canal System here in Columbiana County.  So far I have been to Locks 2-12; 24-30; 37-44 and 50-55.  I still have a few left to find!
This past weekend, I finally made it to Lock 26.  Finding it was an adventure all on it's own.   There is a sign and parking lot for Lock26 just outside of Elkton.  But there is no map, no sign or directions to tell you where the lock actually is at all.    If you don't know where it is to  begin with you may get lost.  I did.  But don't give up. In fact, here are some directions to help you find it.
If you follow the path that is on the very most left of the parking area, once you get clear to the bottom of the hill, GO RIGHT.  While there is an impressive bit of an old tow path down along that whole section, it leads to nowhere.   Go RIGHT and follow the path that is there.  It goes along the creek to a second large clearing area and this is where you will find Lock 26.
Most of the facing is gone, save for this little piece pictured here.  I can only assume the facing was carted out by boat since access to this area is so remote.  Not sure what it was like 100 years ago however, so for now I can only theorize as to what happened to it.  I did some research on line and found that most of Lock 24 was used for the remodeling of the Lisbon Courthouse, house foundations, and sidewalks.  Some was also used to make the restaurant Lock 24.
I can only assume some of Lock 26 met the same fate.
I was surprised to see that there was also a dam beside Lock 26.  A lot of it is still there.
To the left you can see the timbers that lay in the water.
There are a lot of timbers left in the water here and when the creek is low they can be explored.  The water is not deep here.  It was a bit swift today, though I did venture out there anyway. I had my muck boots on!
This area is definitely worth a look and awesome to explore!   Is is haunted?  The G12P will be going back to investigate the area to find out!