Hartsgrove is more of a historical community than a ghost town, but aside from the cars rolling by, being in the town square feels more like the early 1900's than early 2000's. The township is also called Hartsgrove but was originally Gladding Township. In 1806, John Gladding (1782 - 1853) & his wife Mary (Ritter) Gladding (1783 - 1853) came from Hartford, Connecticut & settled a farm next to what today is Rt. 534 between Hartsgrove & Windsor. Their son Joseph Gladding (1809 - 1866) & his wife Thankful (Norris) Gladding (1798 - 1878) later settled a few miles north near Hartsgrove & had several children. Half of the township was a wedding gift to one of their descendants & sometime in the mid to late 1800's the township name was changed from Gladding to Hartsgrove. The town of Hartsgrove was organized in 1830 with a general store, school, & a post office that ran from 1830 - 1905. Today the town square has a restored general store, the last one room schoolhouse, an old church, a U.S. Presidents museum at the Hartsgrove Emporium, & a nice small park in the middle of it all. It's a great place for a day trip with lots of things to do. John & Mary Gladding were buried in Windsor Township Cemetery about 5 miles south of Hartsgrove on Rt. 534. Joseph & Thankful Gladding were buried with several of their ancestors in Hartsgrove Center Cemetery (Hartsgrove Township Cemetery) off of Rt. 534 just north of the town.
It may be that the primal source of all those pictorial delusions will be found among the oldest Hindoo, Egyptian, and Grecian sculptures. For ever since those inventive but unscrupulous times when on the marble panellings of temples, the pedestals of statues, and on shields, medallions, cups, and coins, the dolphin was drawn in scales of chain-armor like Saladin's, and a helmeted head like St. George's; ever since then has something of the same sort of license prevailed, not only in most popular pictures of the whale, but in many scientific presentations of him.