Cellar Holes and Ghost Towns

Cellar holes in the east exist in every state. But those empty holes are more than just vacant depressions in the ground.

The empty holes in the east are what remain of the old homes that once proudly stood there. If you love American history, try the adventure of locating these old towns. Everything you need to know on how to locate these old areas can be found on this page.

Many hikers, backpackers, and hunters have passed by these areas not knowing what they are, or their history.

An Eastern Cellar Hole Located

An Important Part Of American History

I believe that these lost towns that dot our eastern states are an important part of American History. And searching for them, is like searching for a lost part of our American heritage.

Before I continue to explain how you can search for the ghost towns in the east, it’s important that I mention that I will use the terms “cellar holes” and “ghost towns” interchangeably.

You may know of a ghost town near you. Or perhaps, like many others, you are not aware that they exist. 

You may have driven your car past a cellar hole but you were not aware of it.

This Page Is Your First Step

Much of the information that you will be reading on this page and throughout my website is based on my popular metal detecting, TV series “Ghost Towns Of The East”. 

Searching for these old areas is an exciting adventure that can lead to some interesting experiences and treasures.

Metal detecting the ghost towns of the east has uncovered some very exciting finds.

Whether you are a beginner in the hobby of metal detecting, or one that is experienced, the excitement of finding a relic from hundreds of years ago is one of the best adventures you can explore.

And, you don’t need a metal detector to enjoy this adventure.

Many times, while just walking through these areas I find pieces of history lying on the ground. These relics have been untouched for hundreds of years.

Old bottles and pottery often lay scattered on the ground.

Old bottles, and pottery found at cellar holes.

Be Aware Of The Law

Before you decide to pick up any item that is on the ground , be sure you are not breaking any law.

Often times you can hike, or backpack into remote areas, or just drive the back country roads searching for these ghost towns.

Many times I use an old topographical map, or topo for short, to locate them.

What's A Topo?

This page explains how I use a topo to locate the old towns.

Before You Begin Your Search

You should gather up both new and old maps of the area you want to search for the ghost towns. This is an important part in your search.

Compare A New Map With An Old Topo

Here is why it’s important to get an older topo.
All topos will designate structures by using little dots in the vicinity of any home or town. They will also show the old roads that may not be shown on your new map.

And sometimes the older roads have been either straightened or changed in some way.

You need to compare your old topo with your new county map to try and locate the area you want to search.

You should try and locate the nearest road or highway on your county map that is closest to the area you want to search in, and then try and locate that road on your topo. It sounds difficult, but it really isn’t.

Look for any similar roads on both maps.

Check the terrain on the topo and compare to the area you would like to search for the cellar holes.

If you cannot find the town name on the new map, then you may have a ghost town, and that’s what you want.

It’s now time to drive to the area.
Whenever you venture onto a backcountry road, whether it’s on State land or private property, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is an added plus.

It is not imperative that you have one. However, it will make your journey much easier, especially when the old roads become wet from rain or too steep to climb.

It’s not often that you’ll be able to see the cellar holes from your vehicle.

During the late spring and the summer months, vegetation becomes thick and overgrown.

Many times the vegetation hides the old structures, this makes it difficult to see them from your vehicle.

So, here are some clues for you to use when you are trying to locate ghost towns.

Watch for old trees, especially maple trees.

Old trees are a sign of a cellar hole close by

A cellar hole was located thirty yards behind the old trees.

And watch for the low growing myrtle plant. Most often they are dead give-a-ways that a cellar hole or an old abandoned town is nearby.

Cellar holes in the east exist in every state.

For A Complete Guide

My comprehensive ebook to help you locate the eastern ghost towns or cellar holes,  “Gone But Not Forgotten - Ghost Towns of the Eastern States” is filled with information I have used for almost four decades of searching for these abandoned homes.


And if you purchase my TV series, download, “Ghost towns of the East”, I’ll send you the ebook for FREE.

Thanks for visiting my page. Good luck with your search for those old towns in the east.



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