Where Tradition and Vision Meet
First settled in 1833, Batavia was originally named Big Woods because of the wild growth throughout the town. Early on Batavia was a manufacturer of the Conestoga wagons, making approximately 5,000 wagons per year and at this time was also one of the largest windmill producers around. The town was given the nickname, 'The Windmill City' because it was considered the top windmill manufacturer of the world. Today, Batavia is still home to many manufacturing companies as well as home developments, shopping and restaurants. Residents enjoy all that Batavia has to offer, from their annual Christmas Tree Lane in downtown Batavia held in December to their 4th of July Fireworks show, there are plenty of traditions that help to maintain that small town character that residents love. Batavia likes to live by their old high school basketball cheer which stated "we're from Batavia and we couldn't be prouder!" Top three employers in Batavia include; Fermilab, Suncast and AGCO. Batavia is also home to Aldi Headquarters.
2010 population census 26,045
In 1840, Batavia was renamed after the town's former judge's hometown, Batavia, New York.
Things to do/Events:
- Batavia Depot Museum
- Art in Your Eye Festival
- Windmill City FEstival
- Batavia Triathalon
- Red Oak Nature Center
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