Friends of the Old Courthouse

The Old McHenry County Courthouse and Sheriff’s House will be closed for all of 2022 undergoing major renovations. As pictures are made available, we will be posting them on this website and our facebook page. Like and follow us at

More of the courtroom ceiling has been exposed!

Another exterior change in progress – the chimney is being removed in advance of the new elevator and foyer area. The building will finally be handicapped accessible!

The awkward addition has been removed and the original wing is now exposed!


The Old McHenry County Courthouse, built in 1857, is one of the oldest buildings on the historic Woodstock Square and together with the Sheriff’s House are among the Square’s most prominent features. Our mission is to preserve these historically significant buildings so they can become cultural and economic drivers for the City of Woodstock and McHenry County for generations to come.