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