Founded in 1833, Batavia is the oldest city in Kane County. The founder, Christopher Payne, also played a part in the founding of nearby Naperville and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Nicknamed “the Windmill City”, the city was known as the windmill manufacturing capital of the world during the turn of the century. Today, Batavia is home to hundreds of manufacturing, warehouse, and research firms. Batavia School District 101 serves the students of the area and is regarded as one of the most educationally advanced systems in Illinois. Established in 1969, the Batavia Park District spans over 400 acres and includes a skating/skateboarding park, aquatic facility, museum, playing fields, and tennis and basketball courts. The Batavia Riverwalk offers a beautiful additional recreational area.