Located west of downtown Columbus, Hillard began in 1853 as a rural railroad station dealing mainly in agricultural products. A commercial district and a few houses were built around the station. A housing boom in the 1950’s changed the town from rural to somewhat suburban when 3 housing developments were built. The completion of I-270 created a second, greater housing boom, bringing Hilliard from village to city status. Still a mix of residential and commercial use, it’s easy to see the progress the city has made over the last 150 years by looking at the architecture from the historic district to the outer edges of the town.
Hilliard retains enough of its rural roots that it makes a wonderful family neighborhood, with lots of family-friendly festivals and fairs, and plenty of parks, a pool, and play spaces. It’s a restful escape from working in the capital city, and attracts Central Ohioans for exactly that reason. Hilliard homes run the range of the architectural styles from 1852-modern day. There’s a perfect home here to fit any taste or budget.
Arts & Culture
Hilliard has family centered arts and culture and citizens love their county fair, Hilliardfest, plus local holiday celebrations. Must visit Hilliard attractions include Early Television Museum, the 1800s Historic Village, and First Responders Park.
Family shopping is easily done at the many shopping centers in Hilliard. The Mall at Tuttle Crossing is nearby and there’s a great selection of unique shops to explore in the historic district, too. For more sophisticated tastes, Polaris Fashion Place and Easton Town Center are easily reached after a short drive on I-270.
Hilliard has an eclectic dining scene, the Starliner Diner is locally famous for amazing breakfasts and brunches, Hale’s Ales and Kitchen, Daruma Japanese Steakhouse, and Habeneros are also popular in town.
Hilliard is served by Hilliard City Schools, a district serving 16,000+ kids in 3 high schools, 3 middle schools, 2 6th grade schools, and 14 elementary schools. Hilliard offers AP classes, Learning Pathways for high school students who are interested in particular areas of focus, an eschool for secondary students who need a different learning environment, and a large array of sports and other co-curriculars.
Hilliard is a warm, welcoming, friendly town with plenty of simple pleasures to offer. Just a short drive from the capital city amenities, Hilliard offers a breath of fresh air and is a great place to make a home.
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