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Welcome to the Wauconda Township Historical Society!

Wauconda Township Historical Society’s purpose is the preservation of the history and genealogy of Wauconda Township in Lake County, Illinois. Wauconda Township, located in southwestern corner of Lake County, includes the communities of Wauconda, Volo, Lakemoor, Port Barrington, Lake Barrington and the eastern portion of Island Lake, Illinois. Together in partnership, Wauconda Township maintains and leases the Andrew C. Cook House in Wauconda, while the Historical Society offers programs and events funded only by dues and donations. The house is open from May through December annually.

Wauconda and Volo (settled ca. 1840), were the first villages established. Wauconda was formally organized in 1849 by its earliest settler, Justus Bangs. In 1850 Andrew and Mary Cook built Wauconda’s first brick home on their farm at the north end of the village, now 711 N. Main Street. In the 1970s the house, vacant and run down, was saved from destruction and restored by the newly formed Wauconda Township Historical Society (WTHS). Over the years since, dedicated volunteers have realized the importance of preserving this home and its rich heritage. In 2014, Wauconda Township funded a major restoration to the house keeping in tradition of the year of the house 1850.

In 1992, the Illinois State Historical Society designated the Cook House a historic site and presented an ISHS marker to signify that honor.

The house now showcases the history and lifestyle of the original Cook family in their farmhouse of the early time. Additionally, WTHs has a collection of more 2,000 inventoried and catalogued historical artifacts and documents used in changing displays pertaining to historic events and subjects of local and area interest. The primary goal of WTHS is to Engage the community, use our resources and programs to Educate visitors of all ages, and to Enrich their knowledge of area history and culture.


In early February, Jeff Carlisle of the Carlisle and Lewis Families donated an antique square grand piano manufactured between 1852 and 1855 to the WTHS! It had been in their family in Virginia for well over 100 years and is believed to have been transported into the Shenandoah Valley from Baltimore by wagon train.

We are proud and excited to be able to share with our visitors this new acquisition. Come and visit us and learn more about the piano in its new home in the Cook House Parlor.




A  fundraiser that benefits the Wauconda Township Historical Society is a beautiful print depicting Andrew and Mary Cook’s farm circa 1895 for only $35.00. Betty Lusk Hughes, the great, great, granddaughter of Andrew and Mary Cook, painted and signed this watercolor. She is an accomplished artist and her award winning paintings have been shown in countless juried shows. Come and see Betty’s watercolor, now hanging in the parlor of the Cook House, or purchase one yourself or for a unique gift!  Notecard packs are also available.


Please remember that we are a non-profit organization and consider a tax deductible gift to help us move forward with our preservation, educational programs, research and events. Please become a partner in the historical preservation of your community! Find our Membership/Donation information at or on Facebook.

For other interesting historical information please visit our website page- or follow us on Facebook and Twitter: Waucondahistory