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Preserving Your Past

Common sense approach – always start with the least invasive treatment but if you aren’t sure what to do, don’t do anything. Instead, contact the McHenry County Historical Society.

Quilted Barns Program

Nothing is more beautiful than seeing the sunset behind a McHenry County barn.

Quilted Barn Application

Information supplied by this application will be housed at the McHenry County Historical Society Museum and kept as a historical record. Information may also be used in the creation of self-guided maps of this county's quilted barn sites.

Barn owner criteria and eligibility information:

  • McHenry County barn owners interested in being part of the Quilt Barn Project should complete and submit the form. Include photo of completed Barn Quilt Square.
  • The barn should be visible without obstruction of trees, crops, or other buildings during all seasons.
  • The quilt block must be visible from two directions.
  • The barn should be a stable, permanent building large enough to frame the quilt square appropriately.
  • Quilt blocks are generally 8’ x 8’ or 4' x 4.'
  • The structure must be located along a road, either hard-surface or gravel, that is well-maintained during all seasons.
  • No labeling or advertising will be permitted on the structure.
  • Quilt installation is the responsibility of the owner.
  • The McHenry County sign ordinance does not permit painting a Barn Quilt design directly on the barn nor does it allow for any signage.


Three Bay Threshing Barn

This was a prevalent Northern Illinois style barn from time of settlement in 1830's through probably the 1860's while wheat was grown and before dairying took over in 1870's.

Historic Site Plaquing

Begin Historical Plaquing Application