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The village of Boston was established in Hanover Township in 1832 by John Hoyt. Hoyt built a home and a grocery, which did very well. Hoyt's success led to several other homes and buildings being built in the area.[1] Boston was located near the intersection of State Route 146 with Toboso Road and Boston Road.[2] Unfortunately for Boston, the establishment of the railroad, which did not run through Boston, greatly hurt the town's businesses. John Hoyt decided to relocate and open a business in a more ideal location. Hoyt relocated in 1835 to what would later become the village of Hanover, which he also founded, in 1849.[3]



  1. N.N. Hill, History of Licking County, Ohio, Its Past and Present, (Newark, OH: A.A. Graham & Co., 1881), 462.
  2. Richard M. and Richard N. Helwig, "Boston," in Ohio Ghost Towns, No. 44, Licking County, ed. Richard N. and Richard M. Helwig, (Sunbury, OH: The Center for Ghost Town Research in Ohio, 1998), 41.
  3. Hill, History of Licking County, Ohio, 462.