On Saturday, May 25, Hampton will be celebrating the 175th anniversary of the platting of the village with day-long activities in Heritage Park. (Directly off Route 84 just north of East Moline's Empire Park.)
Cat Fish Tournament 6am register, 7am start, weigh-in 1:30pm. $15 per person. Cash prizes and bragging rights.
Fire Department PANCAKE BREAKFAST 7 to 11am inside the Heritage Center. Cost is by donation.
Kids Fishing Derby 10am-11:30am Bring your own poles and a parent.
Cruise-in Car and Motorcycle Show, 8am to Noon registration, judging 3pm
3D Sound provides music. Dash plaques & Can Koozies $10 per car.
Magic by Ricky Eugene on stage at noon.
Bags Tournament at noon ($5 per person)
Patty from Twisted Bouquet, balloon stage show followed by clown Daisy Dee starting 1pm
Chuck Murphy Live! Acoustical guitar and songs to entertain you 4 to 6pm.
Dirt Road Rockers on stage with live music and dancing 7 to 11pm.
2 free Bounce Houses for the kids, roving clown greeters, food vendors, beverage tent.
Heritage Center open to see exhibits and giant carved gingko tree sculpture inside.
Raffles, prizes and awards!
The Village of Hampton is taking applications until May 31 for a part time clerical worker.
Hours 10-2 Mon - Fri. Basic organizational skills, computer skills in Windows and Windows based programs. Payroll processing experience. Municipal experience is a plus.
Application can be made at the Village Hall, 520 1st Avenue, Hampton Mon - Fri 8-5 PM
Welcome to the Village of Hampton, Illinois. Through strong community leadership, the Village has strived to promote public health, safety, and the general welfare of its citizens and guide the continuing growth and expansion of the Village while protecting its natural, economic and scenic resources. The citizens of Hampton are proud of the small town atmosphere and the fiscally responsible government that provides excellent municipal services without creating an undue burden on its taxpayers. Hampton has evolved into a quiet bedroom community that is without a doubt the best kept secret in Rock Island County!
Hampton and Area Attractions
The bike path through Hampton is one of the most scenic on either side of the river. The path runs roughly parallel to Route 84.
The first attraction and favorite stopping place along the bike path is Heritage Park. Many drive to Hampton, park their cars and use their bikes to travel north as far as Cordova, Illinois. The rolling, open park land with a large pavilion located along side the river, runs beside the Hampton Heritage Interpretive Center. Inside the Center is a large carved Gingko tree commemorating not war but, the industry and courage of the pioneers settling this area and the Native Americans that lived here.
There are several histories published and numerous articles on our Historical Society's website detailing the arrival of our first founders in 1828 up until the centennial celebrations in 1938. The Village, first named McNeal’s Landing, then Milan and finally, Hampton, was founded by two young men who arrived by river to harvest the dense forests of hardwood trees. Hampton became a regular steam boat stop. The saw mills that sprang up provided fuel, raw material for household items and building materials for the pioneers heading west using the Hampton ferry to get across the river to new territories.