Our History

In 1855 the community of Geneseo, Illinois was 19 years old, Abraham Lincoln was still an attorney, the Civil War was still years away, and James Manning Hosford founded an insurance agency in Geneseo.

Geneseo downtown 1909

In those early years, fire insurance was the main business. Over the years, the name changed and the lines of insurance coverage we offer has broadened. We have adapted to meet the changing insurance needs of our many clients and take pride in our superior service. Today, Hanford Insurance Agency, Inc. is an independent insurance agency serving thousands of clients in several states with the individualized attention and professionalism for which we are known.

Hanford Insurance Agency, Inc. offers Business Insurance and Bonds, coverage for Home, Auto, RV, Boat, Personal Liability, Agriculture and Agri-Business, Life Insurance, Health Insurance, Medicare Supplements, and Employee Benefits.

Our Locations

Hanford Insurance Agency (Geneseo)

119 S State St
Geneseo, IL 61254
Main office: 309-944-5151

Hanford Insurance Agency (Prophetstown)

312 Washington St
Prophetstown, IL 61277
Main office: 815-537-2301

Hanford Insurance Agency (Erie)

734 Main St
Erie, IL 61250
Main office: 309-659-2323

Cover Insurance Agency (Toulon)

107 W Main Street
Toulon, IL 61483
Main office: 309-286-2531

Bell Insurance Services (Cambridge)

210 N Prospect St
Cambridge, IL 61238
Main office: 309-937-3355

VanDeRostyne Insurance Services (Atkinson)

101 West Main St
Atkinson, IL 61235
Main office: 309-936-7220

Hanford Insurance Agency (Port Byron)

103 N. Main St.
Port Byron, IL 61275
Main office: 309-848-9172

Our Providers


"Hanford Insurance helps to minimize risk in my farming operations. Having them in my corner to offer expertise and understand my needs is a tremendous asset to my business."
I have been a client of Hanford Insurance Agency over the last several years and Every interaction with the agents has been more than positive. The personal attention you get from them is second to none. It is very rare these days to receive such excellent personal attention and customer service, I highly recommend them.
"You can take heart in the fact that the agent isn't just trying to sell you something, he legitimately cares about his clients and their well-being."