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ap Area.

The area of the Forest-Area Historical Society spans parts of three counties; Hardin, Hancock, and Wyandot which include or surround Forest. Hancock resides to the north and Wyandot to the east.


ardin County Communities.


  1. Armorsville - was platted in 1836 in Liberty township.
  2. Blanchard - established in 1892, was named for an early French settler.
  3. Blocktown - was located south of Dola and named for Charles Block who owned nearly the whole town.
  4. Foraker - originally established as Oakland, later changed to honor Ohio Governor Joseph Benson Foraker.
  5. Geneva - was originally planned about one-half mile south of Dunkirk.
  6. Grant - established during U.S. Grant's presidential term.
  7. Grassy Point - located in Hale township, was said to be the site of Chief Logan's Indian Village.
  8. Hepburn - was laid out as a summer resort.
  9. Holden - was located northwest of Roundhead on the Auglaize county line.
  10. Hudsonville - became a station stop on the Mad River and Lake Erie railroad in 1846, later became Silver Creek.
  11. Huntersville - was named for Jabez Hunter, first settler in Marion Township.
  12. Jumbo - was named for P. T. Barnum's elephant that died in 1885.
  13. Jump - gained its name for being a jumping-off place on the underground railroad, situated in Scioto Marsh.
  14. McGoldrick's Town - exact location unknown, most likely in Cessna township, platted in 1833.
  15. McVitty - was established by the Big 4 railroad as a shipping station for the Herzog Stone Quarry.
  16. Maysville - located on the Allen county line, was for a time the home of Jacob Parrott, the first Medal of Honor winner.
  17. Patterson - known as Petersburg and Sylvia, was named for Robert Patterson, secretary-treasurer of the Mad River & Lake Erie railroad.
  18. Peru - was platted in 1836 in Cessna Township.
  19. Pfeiffer Station - was named for former postmaster John Pfeiffer.
  20. St. Michael's - was platted in 1836 in Goshen Township.
  21. Yelverton - was named in 1858 to honor John Yelverton, a large stockholder in the Mad River & Lake Erie Railroad.