FOTOC’s 7th Annual Gingerbread House Walk is back this 2023 Holiday Season!

Visit the Old Courthouse Center during open hours until 12/22/23 to see 23 fantastic Gingerbread displays. Thank you to our judges Brad Ball and Brenda Grisolia from the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Amanda Kempf from The Records Department, Julie Callahan from Makity Make, Julienne Samuels from Seleta Scents, and Kelsey Hazzard from Events at Ethereal.


The Ribbon Cutting

The City of Woodstock held a ribbon cutting on August 17, 2023 to celebrate the newly renovated Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House, now called the Old Courthouse Center. Many Woodstock supporters joined us and had a great time viewing the buildings and taking mugshots!

The Old Courthouse through the years.

Here’s a look at some famous inmates of the Old Courthouse Center.

Have you wondered why the parking lot on Throop Street has been closed? It is part of the new GeoThermal system for the Old Courthouse Center!


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 educate, raise awareness, and 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.