NW McHenry County Historic Building Survey Completed

A press release from McHenry County:

McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission Rural Survey Results

WOODSTOCK, ILLINOIS — The McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission, with the consulting staff of the Public Service Archaeology & Architecture Program of the University of Illinois (UIUC) have completed a survey of historic structures in unincorporated northern and western McHenry County under the direction of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA). This program receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

Barn with candy canes in Hartland Township on Route 14.

This barn is on Route 14 northwest of Woodstock in Hartland Township.

The survey work was undertaken between September 2014 and May 2015, and the survey analysis and report was written and reviewed during the summer and fall of 2015.

This project updates previous surveys conducted during the 1970s and 1980s but in a more comprehensive manner and takes stock  f the changes that have occurred over the years.

This survey also adds to surveys of the southern and eastern townships undertaken in 1998-1999 and 2002-2003.

Townships surveyed for the 2014-2015 project include Alden, Chemung, Dunham, Hartland, Hebron, Marengo, Riley, and Seneca, giving us a better understanding as to what historic structures still remain in our county and to portray this “snapshot-in-time” historically as we ascertain how these old farmsteads and rural sites have evolved through time.

If you have any questions, please contact Sean Foley at the above address or phone number. You may also email him at hpc@co.mchenry.il.us with your inquiry.

The report of completed survey, as well as past survey reports, have been posted to the County’s website ww.co.mchenry.il.us/HPC – then click on the “Rural Survey” button in the left column.


NW McHenry County Historic Building Survey Completed — 2 Comments

  1. This is a very large and comprehensive survey.

    Many rural homeowners and renters are able to read and view a picture of their dwelling through the links below.

    As noted in the above article 8 of the 17 McHenry County townships were surveyed.

    Those surveyed are in the western portion of the county.

    Would be helpful to see a complete cost of the survey itemized by grants and revenue sources.


    Main website for current and past surveys.

    McHenry County Rural Structures Surveys


    http://www.co.mchenry.il.us > County Government > Departments J-Z > Planning & Development > Commissions, Committees & Boards > Historic Preservation Commission


    2014-2015 Rural Intensive Survey

    Same URL & path as above.


    Survey Report Narrative

    Intensive Rural Structures Survey in Alden, Chemung, Dunham, Hartland, Hebron, Marengo, Riley, and Seneca Townships, McHenry County, Illinois

    (170 pages with pictures)



    List of sites surveyed

    McHenry County Rural Intensive Survey (2015)

    (39 pages, sorted by township, includes address and date of structure)



    Maps and data sheets (These are large files).

    They show pictures of structures, description of each structure including style and building materials, and arial maps of properties.

    Alden Township (499 pages)

    Chemung Township (590 pages)

    Dunham Township (425 pages)

    Hartland Township (421 pages)

    Hebron Township (326 pages)

    Marengo Township (332 pages)

    Riley Township (392 pages)

    Seneca Township (509 pages)


    The following statement found in the first document is false.

    “Dairying is the principal agricultural activity, followed by poultry products and the cultivation
    of field and grain crops.”

    – page 6, which is page 17 of 170 pages in the pdf.

    There is not much dairy left in McHenry County, rather mostly crops.

    So the document should be edited.

    To pay all that money for an obvious false statement is ridiculous.


    Just think of all the opportunities for TIFs in rural western McHenry County, based on the intersection of 176 & 47 being declared a TIF.

  2. This is why we need a full interchange on the toll road south of Marengo.

    All of those barns need to go!

    We need more Randall Road strip malls!!

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