To those of a supernatural or conspiratorial mindset, Boston
Township is MECCA. To others,
particularly local residents and skeptical inquirers, its appeal is a constant
source of exasperation.
legends read like plot synopses of at least 4 seasons' worth of X-File episodes: hauntings, stalkings, serial murders, ritual killings and other satanic practices,
and just plain WEIRDNESS. Perfectly rational explanations--including verifiable
public records--have failed to overcome decades of unconfirmed and sometimes
non-credible oral accounts that have taken on lives of their own.
rumors, Boston Township nonetheless emanates a distinctive, eerie atmosphere
that cannot be so dismissively denied. It is one of the oldest
cities in Ohio, the oldest in the county, and has retained many of its historic
elements. Consider also the mass eviction in the 1970's of numerous residents
by the Federal Parks and Recreation Department (hey, how did you think the
Cuyahoga Valley Parks and Recreation System started?), which resulted in abandoned
houses and buildings that have remained neglected while under the care of
the parks system.
visits to this area did not--of course--substantiate any of the above-mentioned
stories. While I was followed by a strange gentleman while traveling
the "End of the World" road and trekking up the closed road to the
abandoned house, this person could have easily been another curiosity-seeker
like myself, or perhaps even a watchful local resident.
Nonetheless, this area is rich with history and atmosphere, and well worth
a trip for the scenery and hiking alone. But be reasonable. This is
a nice, quiet community better enjoyed during the daytime, so exercise some
common sense. Recklessly snooping around at night is not only stupid
and disrespectful, it can also be dangerous. Drive carefully, and resist
the temptation to speed along the "End of the World" road for the
safety of yourself and persons who have no choice but to walk in the road
due to the lack of sidewalks.
Finally, WORD OF CAUTION:
Enforcement-types do regularly patrol the area, so . . .
Be very, very quiet.