Friends of the Old Courthouse

Now Available: Historic Windows from McHenry County’s Old Courthouse


FOTOC donates $20,000!


Thanks to our Dancing with the Courthouse Stars event, we were able to donate $20,000 tonight to help restore the Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House!  Pictured are FOTOC Board members: Jose Rey, Pat Kraft, Mayor Brian Sager, Julie Miller, Sue Stelford, Tom Ellinghausen, Darrell Moore, and Terry Willcockson.  Photo by Alberto Perez.

We couldn’t have done it without our Stars, Pros, Staff, and Sponsors so Thank You Again!  Stars: Brian Sager, Darrin Flynn, Dan McElmeel, Joe Diamond, Joe Cicero, Tina Bree, Kim Keefe, Arlene Lynes, Juanita Vega, and winner Jodie Kurtz Osborne.  Pros: Sarah, Caiden, and Mark from Fred Astaire Dance Studios – South Barrington, English Swanson, Bridget McMinn, Jane Howie, and Matt Mordini.  Staff: Alberto Perez, Kathie Comella, and Kyle McCoy.  Sponsors: Kingston Lanes Bowling and Sports Lounge Advia Credit Union Cesaroni’s Cafe & Deli Mark Mitchell Insurance Agency Inc Alliance Contractors, Inc. Phoenix Woodworking



Friends love to share their favorite things with others and Friends of the Old Courthouse is now offering to share their favorite building with all interested parties. Free public tours will be offered at the Old McHenry County Courthouse, 101 N. Johnson Street, on the Woodstock Square on the First Saturday of each month from 11am-1pm. The history and usage of the 1857 landmark building, and the adjacent 1887 Sheriff’s House, as well as the many architectural and design features not typically available for viewing, will be explained in detail by trained docents. Tours take approximately thirty minutes.

Friends of the Old Courthouse is dedicated to creating awareness and appreciation for the historic importance and aesthetic beauty of the Old McHenry County Courthouse and Sheriff’s House, and assisting the City of Woodstock in raising funds for the buildings’ restoration and repurposing. Donations to the buildings’ restoration, memberships to Friends of the Old Courthouse, or purchase of a variety of related creative merchandise, are welcomed, on site at the building, or through website or Facebook listings:


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.