Hilliard Florida is named after Guyler Walter Hilliard who co-founded the Hilliard & Bailey lumber company in 1881. The town was incorporated in 1947.
The second largest municipality in Nassau County FL, Hilliard is home to a 54,000-square-foot Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control Center that guides aircraft through approximately 160,000 square miles of airspace covering parts of five states. Since 1959, it has been Hilliard’s largest employer.
The Hilliard FL Airpark is one of Florida’s last public grass landing strips serving local and visiting pilots.
Hilliard's successful efforts in 2002 to build a junior Olympic-size swimming pool in earned the town a Florida Rural Community Award from then Gov. Jeb Bush. The pool is only part of the small town’s recreational offerings which include three parks, a gym and a skate park.
Ralph E. Simmons State Forest is the home of cypress and longleaf pine strands, ponds and swamps that create a natural habitat for various species of fish and wildlife native to the area. Pathways also give many views of the scenic St. Marys River as it winds along the northern boundary of the forest.
The citizen volunteers of the Hilliard Action Committee plan numerous events including the annual town clean-up and annual Christmas tree lighting.
Hilliard has a population of 3,109. The greater Hilliard FL zip code area, which includes the northwest Nassau communities of Boulogne FL and Kings Ferry FL, has a population of around 9,100.