Villa Park's Roots
Once prairie land and Indian Trails, Villa Park now looks much different from it did in the early 19th century. By about 1850, there were at least 15 families settled in the area. Most of these early settlers were of German descent and several of their farmhouses still stand today on East Jackson, West Madison, and South Ardmore Streets. Some of this land was actually slated to become a cemetery, but instead Villa Park was created officially in 1908. It started out as two separate subdivisions, but eventually became the small village it is today.
Places of Worship
Members of most large faiths have at least place of worship they can call home in Carpentersville, including a non-denominational church. Aside from the many Christian denominations, you will find an evangelical church, several synagogues for those of the Jewish faith, and Islamic centers for the ever-growing Muslim community in town. So many different houses of worship exist due to the sheer amount of religions that call this area home. Most initial inhabitants were of European descent, but in recent times Carpentersville has taken on the great melting pot label that so much of America holds.
Villa Park Bicycle Tr
If you love to bike, then Villa Park is a perfect little town for you. Biking paths are numerous and often connect to other paths in other small communities. One of the most famed paths is the Illinois Prairie Path and Great Western Trail. Biking is also allowed in the forest preserve. Other popular trails include the Fox Valley Trail, the Grand Illinois Trail, and the I&M Canal trail. In addition to this, bicycles are allowed on the Metra trains during off-peak hours for travel to other bicycle paths. Bike racks are also included on the PACE buses to allow riders to travel with their bicycles.