Originally known as Henpeck, the Village of Hampshire began when Zenas Allen of Vermont became its first settler in 1836. From 1837 to 1845 Henpeck existed along the Chicago – Galena Stagecoach Trail at Old State (Route 20), Big Timber, and Brier Hill Roads. Hampshire Township was organized in 1845, and the village’s name was changed to Hampshire. In 1876, the village relocated so that it could be along the Chicago-Pacific Railroad line. Hampshire was officially incorporated that same year. In 1893, the farming community grew to become the second largest milk production and shipping station in Illinois. Hampshire was chosen for a prisoner of war camp for 250 German soldiers who worked at the Inderrieden Canning Company.
For parents who wish to explore options outside of the public schools in West Chicago, IL, there are 120 private elementary schools, 90 private middle schools and 21 private high schools within 20 miles of West Chicago. Approximately 22,990 students attend private school in West Chicago.
For parents who wish to explore options outside of the public schools in Hampshire, IL, there are 73 private elementary schools, 49 private middle schools and 17 private high schools within 20 miles of Hampshire. Approximately 10,960 students attend private school in Hampshire.
Things to do in Hampshire and the surrounding area
Donley’s Wild West Town
Lake Geneva Canopy Tours & Outdoor Adventure Center
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch
North Wall Rock Climbing Gym
Randall Oaks Zoo
Illinois Railway Museum