Barn Registration Program

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Thank you for your interest in the McHenry County Historical Society's Barn Registration Program.  Unfortunate as it is, this program may become the only record of barns that once predominated in McHenry County.

This registration program, which started in 1999, will continue over many years to collect information on all types of barns - be they dairy barns, carriage barns or abandoned barns. 

The registration forms will be kept on file at the McHenry County Historical Society Museum's Local History Research Library in Union where they will be preserved and made available for research.

A Certificate of Registration will be mailed as soon as the application is complete and approved.  Participants will be invited to the Society's annual meeting in June for recognition.

It is important to include as much information as possible on each of the barns and barn builders, so participants are urged to be as thorough as possible in filling out the form. Assistance is available through the Historical Society.

The Society does reserve the right to withhold the certificate because of insufficient information.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation offers these tips: Click HERE!

Barn Program Criteria

1. Any and all barns within the geographical limits of McHenry County qualify for listing.

2. No fee is charged for filling out the form with no certificate issued or for filling out the form on abandoned barns or barns that no longer exist.

3. If a frameable Certificate of Barn Registration is desired, there is a $5.00 processing fee for each one.

4. Only one barn listed on each form.

5. There is no limit to the number of barns submitted by an individual.

Contact the McHenry County Historical Society for further clarifications, additional information, and/or a willingness to help.