Torch had its start when the railroad was extended to that point. According to tradition, the community was named for the fact local churchgoers carried torches. A post office called Torch was established in 1851, and remained in operation until 2002.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Torch, Ohio
- History of Hocking Valley, Ohio: together with sketches of its cities, villages and townships. Chicago: Inter-State Pub. Co. 1883. p. 661.
- Overman, William Daniel (1958). Ohio Town Names. Akron, OH: Atlantic Press. p. 134.
- "Athens County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
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