The earliest settlers to come to Winfield were Erastus and Jude P. Gary who arrived in 1832. In honor of them, the town was first called Gary's Mill and then Fredericksburg due to its high number of German-speaking inhabitants. By 1860, the population had shifted; half of the citizens were now from Germany and Alsace-Lorraine, whereas before 1850 most came from New England. The community preserved a German heritage until the 1920s, but later on, in the late 19th century regained its current name - Winfield - as a tribute to war hero Winfield Scott.
Despite receiving a land grant in 1845, James P. Doe of New Hampshire did not plat it as Fredericksburg until 1853. On railroad maps, however, Winfield appeared the following year.
Under another name, Winfield attempted to become an incorporated village in 1884, but the motion was denied since the town lacked the 300 residents necessary for incorporation. In 1921, when the village was finally incorporated, there were 310 people living there. The Village of Winfield is named after General Winfield Scott, who was also honored by the use of this name for Winfield Township which also includes part of the village.
At that time Winfield Creamery was the biggest business. In the mid-1850’s the first public school opened, however, when St. John's parochial school was opened in the early 1880's it was preferred over the public school. The public school remained a one-teacher school until 1939. After World War II enrollment in the public school took off.
Within the Village of Winfield, there are 19 parks and recreational facilities. Schmidt's Pond, Hedges Station's "Besch House," Samuel and Eleanor Himmelfarb's Home and Studio, and St John the Baptist Catholic Church are some of the historical places in the area. The oldest train depot in Illinois is Hedges Station, built in 1849. Winfield Township bought the station in 1977. The citizens wanted the oldest building standing to be preserved. Hedges Station was relocated to Winfield Road in 1981 and has been a museum ever since.
Winfield Park District has a number of parks and an Activity Center, as well as baseball fields, batting cages, a fitness center, basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball, fishing, playgrounds, picnic tables, and a badminton court.
The Village of Winfield is served by three school districts: District #33, #34 & #94 and District #200 Winfield has no public high school, students from Districts 33 and 34 attend West Chicago Community High School, and students from CUSD 200 attend Wheaton North High School.
To Downtown Chicago – 34.4 miles
Transportation – Metra trains are available in Winfield via the Union Pacific West Railway line.
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