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WTXL Road Trip: The History of Boston

WTXL Road Trip: The History of Boston
Posted at 5:02 PM, Jun 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-29 08:03:24-04

All summer long, we're hitting the road to showcase communities in our area. We're kicking things off in Boston, Georgia, and will be live in Boston from Sunrise until 6:30 p.m. on Friday June 26th.

BOSTON, GA (WTXL) - Boston, Georgia: where people get more excited about their mini-marathon and festivals than the Red Sox or Patriots.

Mayor Danny Groover is one of the few home grown residents born here, he won't say exactly when but claims to be a Boston expert and historian of the community.

"I take a lot of pride in this town, I was born and raised here, I've lived here all my life and Boston is important to me and its history is important to me," says Groover.

Located in Thomas County, old Boston was originally a public transport company owned by J.J. Parramore. In October of 1870, Boston was incorporated by settlers.

The original settlement of Boston was the site of a stagecoach stop in 1837, however to take advantage of the new railroad in 1861, the town was moved 12 miles east of Thomasville.

Boston resident Betty Hosains explains, "The railroad was a big part of the town, and now we are a thriving community, you don't have to go anywhere else, you can get everything that you need for your household here."

Residents also say Boston is a huge agricultural community, living off the land since the early 18 hundreds back when the Creek and Apalachee Native Americans use to hunt and thrive in the area.