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Geneva City

Geneva City Hall is located at 22 South 1st Street, Geneva, IL 60134; phone: 630-232-7494.

Elizabeth Place (Henry Bond Fargo House), ca. 1900, 316 Elizabeth Place, Geneva, IL, National Register

Photo: Elizabeth Place (Henry Bond Fargo House), ca. 1900, 316 Elizabeth Place, Geneva, IL. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. Photographed by User:ChicagoGeek (own work), 2010, [cc-by-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed June, 2014.

Beginnings [1]

Dutchman Daniel Shaw Haight is believed to have been the first settler on land that would become the City of Geneva. He built a cabin near the Fox River in 1833. In 1835 he moved on, selling his land to James and Charity Herrington.

Geneva was selected as the county seat in 1836 and is believed to have been named by the then famous abolitionist, Dr. Charles Volney Dyer. James Herrington platted the town, helped to establish the county seat, became the first sheriff and operated the first tavern, general store and post office.

By 1840 Geneva had a courthouse, a jail, a post office, a school, a bridge over the Fox River, a sawmill, several general stores, a furniture maker, a doctor, several blacksmiths, 2 hotels and a tavern. By 1855 the town had established free, public schools.

Geneva was incorporated as a village in 1858. It re-incorporated, as a city, in 1887. The first city mayor was James Herrington, a son of the town's original founder.

  1. City of Geneva, Illinois, History of Geneva, Illinois,, accessed August, 2011.
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