Hesperian Village was incorporated in 1989 by its developer, Robert C. Powell Development. There are 72 homes in Hesperian Village. Front yard maintenance, exterior painting of homes and exterior fences, streets, gates, and street lights are maintained by the association and is included in the monthly dues. Hesperian Village and Maidu Village share HOA oversight.
"Hesperian", from the Greek word for the evening star, was the name of the first periodical published by and for women in California. From 1858 to 1863, the journal of art and literature also offered housekeeping and fashion news to transplanted Eastern women homesick for familiar culture.
California women searched for employment and fulfillment, while being vastly outnumbered by men and restricted by nineteenth century ideas of proper behavior. Many women found writing served as an outlet for loneliness, a means of self expression and communication with family and friends, and occasionally a way of making a living. While generally limited to socially accepted fields such as teaching, laundering, cooking, or housekeeping, a hardy few tried mining, stagecoach driving, and even armed robbery. The creative arts also provided personal satisfaction without outraging society. Hesperian Village recognizes these women and their contributions to the West.