McHenry county was formed out of the northern half of Cook County in northeastern Illinois in 1836 but the final boundaries weren't set until 1839 when Lake County was created.
The county is named for Major William McHenry, a noted leader in the War of 1812 and the Black Hawk War in 1831-32.
The original county seat was located in the town of McHenry, moved to Centerville (present-day Carpentersville) in 1844 and subsequently to its current location in Woodstock.
The beautiful countryside includes some of the NE Illinois' Chain O' Lakes system as well as Moraine Hills State Park near McHenry.
The Chester Gould/"Dick Tracy" Museum is located in Woodstock.
The county population on July 1, 1999, was 246,812, an increase of 63,571 over the 1990 census.
For information on county government, contact the National Association of Counties Web site.
Additional information is available at these pages:
Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Belvidere) Boone County
(Chicago) Cook County
(Geneva) Kane County
(Waukegan) Lake County
(Woodstock) McHenry County
(Oregon) Ogle County
10/20 Coming to The Woodstock area
Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival Kenosha WI April20 This fun-filled event includes cheese from around the state of Wisconsin, some of the area’s finest beers and live music.
North Shore Unitarian Church Art Fair Deerfield IL April27-28 NSUC's annual ART FAIR is a juried show featuring the original works of 65+ talented artists and artisans. The fine art and fine crafts exhibited include photography, painting, ceramics, glass, paper, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, clothing and mixed media. Exhibiting artists come from Illinois as well as from several surrounding states.
Dutch Days Festival Fulton IL May3-4 Arts and Crafts Vendors; Food and Concession Stands; Windmill Tours; Dutch Dancing and Costumes; Antique Tractor Display; Dutch Treasures Display; Heritage Canyon w/Early American Crafters; Hindeloopen Painting Demo and Sales; Stippling Display and Parade.
Montello's Fish-n-Fun Montello WI May3-5 Fly over the city in a helicopter, paddle down the Fox River like Marquette and Joliet in a guided canoe, munch on cotton candy between thrilling carnival rides, send the kids fishing with the pros on Montello Lake.
Chocolate Fest Long Grove IL May3-5 Dive into three days of nothing but CHOCOLATE! Mmm, chocolate strawberries, donuts, and much more! Every spring, the Village of Long Grove celebrates the existence of the world's best tasting antioxidant.
Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair Lombard IL May5 The Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair is held annually on St. Charles Road between Main and Elizabeth in downtown Lombard. All of the proceeds received from the craft booth rentals are donated to local charities. Features 140 craft exhibitors and 4000 attendees throughout the day.