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William Robbins purchased land from Chicago Avenue to 55th and Madison Street to County Line Road in 1862, which eventually became incorporated as the Village of Hinsdale. Robbins platted the Village in 1865, and built roads and homes, and planted trees. He also built the first school on the site of the present Middle School property. He lived at 425 E. Sixth Street, which he named "Woodside".
William Whitney House / Hallmark House - built in 1869, the Late Victorian / Italianate house was one of the first residences in Hinsdale. The house was originally built by William Whitney, who helped with the incorporation of Hinsdale in 1893 and was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1870. In 1970, the house received its nickname, "The Hallmark House," when it was featured in a national television commercial by the Hallmark Greeting Company. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
Hinsdale in Lights will tell the story of Hinsdale and its residents via an immersive light show featuring outstanding Hinsdaleans, organizations, architecture, and events. Click here for more information and to register.
In celebration of the 150th Anniversary, the Hinsdale Fire Department and Hinsdale Police Department are wearing badges based on historic department designs.
Hinsdale residents recognize that trees are major capital assets in the community. Trees reduce air pollution, improve air quality, reduce wind speeds, reduce noise, screen and provide privacy. The Village’s healthy urban forest provides beauty, summer shade, spring flowers, and fall colors. The Village of Hinsdale will be celebrating it’s 31st consecutive year as a ‘Tree City USA’ with an Arbor Day/Earth Day celebration on Thursday, April 20th at Katherine Legge Memorial Park. Residents are encouraged to participate in tree planting and park clean up activities. Information on the event, Park Clean-Up Day, is available here.
To celebrate the 150th, 2023-2024 vehicle stickers will feature a special design using the sesquicentennial logo. For more information on how to purchase your annual vehicle sticker, please click here.