Images: Icons of Hampshire

 
 
Updated 11/8/2015 2:31 PM

A lot has changed in Hampshire and Hampshire Township since Zenas Allen was the area's first settler in 1836. Progress has brought the village and the surrounding areas to have a much more modern look than the Hampshire of old, when milk factories and other agriculture-based businesses drove the area's economy.

Established as a village in 1876, there's rich history in Hampshire that blends perfectly with today's newer structures.

Not many towns still have a thriving car dealership right in the middle of the business district. That's just part of what makes Hampshire unique.

The village itself, according to the 2010 census, had a population of 5,563 which was a 123 percent spike from the 2000 census.

Hampshire has always had a rich tradition of high school athletics, highlighted by three football state championships.

We took some time recently to roam around the community, taking photos of things both historical and modern.

Look for a new "Icons of ..." town gallery every Sunday at dailyherald.com/galleries and on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. On our social media sites, share your favorite Hampshire photos with us by using #shareyoursuburb.

The new Hampshire water tower next to the new high school.
The new Hampshire water tower next to the new high school.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
Hampshire was established as a village in 1876.
Hampshire was established as a village in 1876.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
Hampshire Village Hall on State Street.
Hampshire Village Hall on State Street.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
The former Hampshire High School, built in 1948, became Hampshire Middle School when a new high school was opened west of the village in 2008.
The former Hampshire High School, built in 1948, became Hampshire Middle School when a new high school was opened west of the village in 2008.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
The new Hampshire High School opened in 2008.
The new Hampshire High School opened in 2008.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
Gehringer's Welding Service on the north end of State Street was established in 1933.
Gehringer's Welding Service on the north end of State Street was established in 1933.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
Looking south on State Street in Hampshire.
Looking south on State Street in Hampshire.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
The Rose Garden Restaurant on State Street was for many years the Wilcox Pharmacy.
The Rose Garden Restaurant on State Street was for many years the Wilcox Pharmacy.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
Fenzel Motors on State Street still thrives today despite auto malls and larger dealerships in the area.
Fenzel Motors on State Street still thrives today despite auto malls and larger dealerships in the area.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
Fenzel Motors on State Street still thrives today despite auto malls and larger dealerships in the area.
Fenzel Motors on State Street still thrives today despite auto malls and larger dealerships in the area.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
The Hampshire Fire and Rescue Department on Washington Ave.
The Hampshire Fire and Rescue Department on Washington Ave.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
The U.S. Post Office on Washington Ave. in Hampshire.
The U.S. Post Office on Washington Ave. in Hampshire.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
Allen's Corner Restaurant opened in 1921 on the corner of Allen Road and U.S. 20. In 1836, Zenas Allen became Hampshire's first settler.
Allen's Corner Restaurant opened in 1921 on the corner of Allen Road and U.S. 20. In 1836, Zenas Allen became Hampshire's first settler.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
Block's Country Market, at 199 Maple Street in Hampshire, has an actual butcher shop inside a grocery store.
Block's Country Market, at 199 Maple Street in Hampshire, has an actual butcher shop inside a grocery store.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
The Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library on State Street in Hampshire.
The Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library on State Street in Hampshire.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
Dreymiller and Kray, a full service butcher shop, on State Street in Hampshire.
Dreymiller and Kray, a full service butcher shop, on State Street in Hampshire.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
Tuscany Woods on Illinois 72 was one of the first residential developments outside of Hampshire.
Tuscany Woods on Illinois 72 was one of the first residential developments outside of Hampshire.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch is a popular destination for many from miles afar. It is located on Illinois 47 just east of Hampshire.
Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch is a popular destination for many from miles afar. It is located on Illinois 47 just east of Hampshire.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch is a popular destination for many from miles afar. It is located on Illinois 47 just east of Hampshire.
Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch is a popular destination for many from miles afar. It is located on Illinois 47 just east of Hampshire.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
The Doty Cemetery on Allen Road in Hampshire.
The Doty Cemetery on Allen Road in Hampshire.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
The Hampshire town cemetery on Getzelman Road.
The Hampshire town cemetery on Getzelman Road.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
The Hampshire Center Cemetery on Harmony Road.
The Hampshire Center Cemetery on Harmony Road.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
Small but still vibrant, the Fredrick Funeral Home at 284 Park Street in Hampshire.
Small but still vibrant, the Fredrick Funeral Home at 284 Park Street in Hampshire.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
Zion United Methodist Church, 170 years old, is at 157 W. Jefferson Ave. in Hampshire.
Zion United Methodist Church, 170 years old, is at 157 W. Jefferson Ave. in Hampshire.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
The First United Methodist Church at 207 E. Grove in Hampshire.
The First United Methodist Church at 207 E. Grove in Hampshire.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
Bruce Ream Memorial Park in Hampshire.
Bruce Ream Memorial Park in Hampshire.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
The Red Ox Restaurant is a popular gathering place on Illinois 72 in Hampshire.
The Red Ox Restaurant is a popular gathering place on Illinois 72 in Hampshire.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
You can't go through Hampshire without stopping at the Chick N Dip on the corner of Illinois 72 and State Street.
You can't go through Hampshire without stopping at the Chick N Dip on the corner of Illinois 72 and State Street.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
This home on the corner of Walker and Allen roads was the first Hampshire school house, built in 1890.
This home on the corner of Walker and Allen roads was the first Hampshire school house, built in 1890.
John Radtke | Staff Photographer
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