Founded by John Reed Hilliard in 1853, Hilliard is bordered by Big Darby Creek on the West, and the Scioto River to the East. The railroad station for the Piqua/Indiana line was an ideal gateway between industry and agriculture. The original train station has been restored and is now a part of Weaver Park. Hilliard is a wonderful blend of old and new. Historic Old Hilliard invites you to enjoy a leisurely lunch in one of our excellent restaurants. Our green spaces call for you to experience the “Rails to Trails” walking path, or visit historic Weaver Park. Venture a few miles away and you will find cutting-edge businesses and industries dotting the I-270 interstate. Minutes from Ohio State University and Ohio Wesleyan University, education is important in Hilliard for all ages. Although the schools district is growing rapidly, the focus is on an excellent education.
Hilliard has an active community life, including a strong interest in the arts. The Hilliard Arts Council offers a summer concert series in the local parks, community theater productions, and the Old Hilliard Art and Street Fair. The home of the Franklin County Fairgrounds, which hosts a variety of events aside from a wonderful county fair, is an example of Hilliard’s efforts to remain true to its historical roots while moving forward with the current times. Quality of life is a key ingredient that accounts for Hilliard’s rapid growth in recent years. The families and businesses that call Hilliard home will attest to a community that preserves the past while seeking a new and better vision for its future.