Boston Town Historian, Frank Gamel
Welcome to the Beautiful Boston Hills!
A great place to raise a family and join a caring community.
Our 36 square miles of rolling hills and lush valley are home to some 8,000 residents.
Our first resident, a settler by the name of Charles Johnson and his brother came to the valley and knew it was a good and proper place to build a home and farm. The valley’s clear meadows and source of water from the 18 Mile Creek were the perfect place to bring their families.
More settlers came and purchased plots of land from the Holland Land Company, which, led by Joseph Ellicott, surveyed and split the valley and the hills into parcels that would one day produce grain, potash, corn, apples, potatoes and raspberries, and would be home to cows, sheep, pigs and chickens. A woolen factory grew, as well as a Bell Factory, the largest one in the United States at that time, churches, schools, lumber mills, stores, shops and anything else a community would need to work together as one.
The Town was formed from a part of the Town of Eden and incorporated on April 5, 1817.
The Town grew into 3 hamlets, Boston, at its southernmost point, Boston Center, later renamed Patchin, after a beloved resident who made a mark in the community as a teacher, preacher and business owner, and North Boston. Each hamlet had its own Post Office, Fire Companies and churches that were built in the valley and on the hills for the needs of the people.
Boston is bordered on the north by Orchard Park, on the east by the Town of Colden, on the south by Concord and Springville, and on the west by the towns of Eden and Hamburg.
Boston is one of the stops along the Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway, showcasing the beauty and warmth of a small town community.
Even though there are three distinct hamlets, we are all proud to live in Boston and urge others to join us in this great community.