The establishment of present-day Frankfort can be attributed to the arrival of New England and German settlers in the 1840s. Traveling from the east, these zealous pioneers laid down the foundation for what would be an enterprising community. By 1855, the Joliet and Northern Indiana Railroad constructed a line through the young settlement, naming the village “Frankfort Station.” Upon incorporation as a Village in 1879, the word “Station” was dropped from the name, making it simply Frankfort.
Today, much of Frankfort’s rich history has been preserved and can be seen in its vibrant Historic Downtown Business District and the well-maintained Prairie-style architecture of many homes and commercial structures around town.
While the Village’s heritage remains integral in community life, Frankfort has invested largely in its future. This progressive community of approximately 17,000 has experienced tremendous growth and development in all directions. Recognized as the “Jewel of the South Suburbs,” Frankfort enjoys healthy expansion in its residential, commercial and industrial sectors— a characteristic that has aided in distinguishing it as the premier community in Will County, one of the fastest growing counties in the nation.
The Village of Frankfort, “A Community With 1890s Charm,” invites you to explore all of the advantages that come with calling this attractive suburban area home.