Friends of the Old Courthouse


ARE BACK – BEGINNING MAY 1, 2021 FROM 11am-1pm!

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:


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


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.