Cleveland June 02, 2017
The Creepy Small Town Near Cleveland With Insane Paranormal Activity
Boston Township is like much of Northeast Ohio: sleepy, historic, and quaint. Unlike much of Northeast Ohio, though, it has a sinister set of stories intertwined with its history. Comprised of the villages of Peninsula and Boston Heights, this town will simultaneously charm you and give you the chills. Now is the season of s’mores and ghost stories, so read closely, because you will want to pass on the tales of this creepy town when you next find yourself sitting beside a bonfire.
Boston Township is a small town with fewer than 2,000 residents.
The town can trace its history back to 1805, when it was first surveyed. By 1811, enough residents had flocked to the area to call for the formal organization of a township.
Beneath its charm, say the locals, is something darker.
According to some, the entire town is cursed. Rumors of evil rituals, disturbed hauntings, and even government cover-ups plague the town.
In fact, the region has earned an unusual nickname: Helltown.
The creepy history runs back to a time when tensions ran high. In 1974, the National Park Service obtained the ability to expropriate land to establish national parks. Boston Township was instantly targeted during the establishment of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and longtime residents were forced out of their homes. The parts of the town that remained unaffected suddenly felt hostile as the downsized town began to take notice of the quirky features of their region, such as a church featuring upside down crosses. Whispers of evil being attracted to the area began to pass through the town. Sightings of cults practicing black magic have since been reported throughout various locations in the township.
The mass evacuation uprooted many lives, and houses sat vacant for great lengths of time.
Rumors began to circulate of a chemical spill cover-up as sightings of mutated humanoids and other beasts (including the Peninsula Python) became prevalent. Abandoned barns and buildings are still standing in the area, and residents report seeing lights and movement through their windows. One in particular, the "House in The Woods," is purported to always have its attic light on despite standing empty.
They say Boston Cemetery is home to some unscrupulous characters.
Locals have spotted seated figures in the cemetery that stare ahead blankly, uninterested in interacting with the living. And, they purport, it is too easy to get turned around, for the trees move, cursed by an evil cult to confuse and scare visitors away from their dastardly secrets.
Nearby, the "End of The World" stands awaiting discovery.
Stanford Road was abandoned when its maintenance became too costly, but rumors persist that the real reason it was closed had to do with the supernatural number of car crashes on the eerie stretch. Just off the road was once the gutted remains of a school bus, and, though removed, the spirits of creepy children hang around so that you may hear their laughter and agonized screams float over the wind. Oh, and watch out for the hordes of robed figures that haunt the road.
As you travel along the "Highway to Hell," be careful to watch for a hearse.
Though Stanford Road is closed, you may encounter one slick sedan with only a single working headlight. This hearse, some report, is one you especially want to avoid riding in. It vanishes into thin air at the end of the road that the locals refer to as the "Highway to Hell," so it is safe to say that you probably don’t want to follow it to its final destination.
Oh, and be sure to avoid bridges in Boston Township.
Experts say spirits are attracted to water, and with the tragic backstory of Crybaby Bridge in mind, you will especially want to avoid waterways in this town. It is said that a distressed mother tossed her newborn off a bridge, and that one can still hear the disembodied cries at times. Supposedly, if you visit the exact over-the-water roadway where the tragedy took place, your car will inexplicably start when turned off, and small footprints will become visible around your vehicle.
The town is rich in its culture and lore.
Antique shops and family-owned restaurants fuel the cultural vibe of this historic area, but its lore persists. From an evil man squatting in the basement of a local church, to a haunted slaughterhouse, to axemen prowling the woods, there are a number of legends you will encounter in Boston Township.
With so many stories of paranormal activity, could it be that this town is truly cursed?
While these photos of Boston Township may seem creepy, the lore surrounding the area is just that: lore. There can’t truly be a monstrous snake slithering around town, waiting to capture its human prey… right?
What is your favorite piece of local lore? Tell us in the comments!