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The Wauconda Township Historical Society proudly celebrated the grand opening of the newly renovated Andrew C. Cook House and Museum on 

Sunday, August 24, 2014.


The Cook House was the first brick farmhouse built here between 1849-1850 by Andrew and Mary Cook.  Township Supervisor, Glenn Swanson, President Patricia Oaks, Board members and Directors were all on hand to cut the ribbon. 

Our guest of honor was the great great granddaughter of Andrew and Mary Cook, Betty Lusk Hughes.  Betty is herself an accomplished artist and a life member of the Wauconda Historical Society.  We were also happy to welcome Betty’s daughter, Lynn Hughes, great great great granddaughter who also joined in the festivities.


The house was opened from 12-3 pm and tours were offered all day. Punch, cake and Culver’s ice cream were a big hit on a hot August afternoon 


Come and see this house that dates before the Civil War and see displays of many original artifacts of the Village of Wauconda and the Township from years past.


In Betty’s words, “this classic 1850 farmhouse still stands, tall trees shading it, like a gentle guardian and proud symbol containing our area history”.



Recent Past Events:

 On Monday, October 20th , we welcomed Diana Dretske, Lake County Historian and Collections Coordinator for the Lake County Forest Preserves’ Discovery Museum.   Diana talked about Lake County’s history of the place names associated with our county’s communities in "What's In a Name" presentation.  

On Sunday, November 16th, we welcomed Laurel Mellien of Headstones & History.  Laurel presented “The Art of Civil War Commemoration”.  The program discussed the origins and symbolic meanings of the icons found on both monuments commemorating the Civil War as well as headstones of soldiers. 

"Christmas with the Cooks" was held on Saturday, Dec. 6th.  Thank you to those who came and enjoyed our festivities!