The Village includes 33 square miles of sheer beauty in its prestigious neighborhoods, rolling farms and growing business economy. We have over 10,000 residents and are growing at a faster rate than any other municipality in Brown County. In Hobart you will find yourself steeped in rolling land of lush greenery and lovely homes surrounding spacious golf courses and a growing commercial sector.
Hobart’s origins are rooted in the original Northwest Territory surrounding the Great Lakes. It is founded upon ancestral lands of the Menominee Indian tribe. While a Treaty of 1838 created a temporary reservation for then migrating Oneida tribal members from New York, the former reservation land was entirely ceded to the State of Wisconsin upon its statehood. In the late 1800's a majority vote of Wisconsin Oneida tribal members elected to have the reservation entirely allotted to individual tribal members through the Dawes Act of 1887.
Tribal members discovered during the allotment era that having land required roads, so from 1892 until 1908 Oneida tribal members pleaded with Brown and Outagamie County Supervisors to establish and incorporate towns, so that municipal tax could be collected for the creation of roads and schools. In 1908, the Town of Hobart was created and became local authority. By the early 1900's numerous European settlers obtained land within the Town of Hobart, joining with Oneidas for the area’s primary use of the land – farming.
As time passed and population grew, so did the needs of the residents. The local government responded by graduating to a village in 2002.
Today, the Village of Hobart is an important part of the Green Bay regional community, is located next to the Austin-Straubel Airport, and just minutes from rail and shipping resources along Lake Michigan.
The fortunate residents of Hobart enjoy the conveniences of urban life in neighboring Green Bay, while also enjoying the quiet rural lifestyle of a peaceful and beautiful environment that is the Village of Hobart. There is a long generational work ethic here, borne of farming, helping neighbors, celebrating family joys and community gatherings year after year. Hobart has a very stable population with third and fourth generations of family members choosing to make their homes here. Hobart receives an average of 29 inches of rain per year, and an average snowfall of 46 inches for winter recreation and sporting activities. Spring hustles in during April, and many tourists flock to the lakes during our summer months. Fall brings spectacular tree color and Green Bay Packer football!
A five-member elected Board of Trustees serves as the governing authority for the Village. Hobart is a council-manager form of municipal government wherein the council (Trustees) set and guide municipal policy and an Administrator implements and administers municipal policy. The Village Administrator oversees a full-service local government that includes the Hobart-Lawrence Police Department, Public Works, a Municipal Court, Clerk-Treasurer’s Office, Zoning and Utilities, and Department of Community Development.