When the State of Illinois was established 200 years ago, what is now McHenry County was uncharted and was inhabited primarily by Native Americans, trappers and traders. Learn when and how McHenry County and Crystal Lake fit into the timeline of Illinois history. "Meet" some of our earliest citizens who will tell our chapter of the Illinois Story.
One room of the house, The Illinois Room, feature displays and information prominent people from Illinois, inventors, and more. The remainder of the house will focus on McHenry County and Crystal Lake history.
The Colonel Palmer House is open to the public through a joint partnership between the Crystal Lake Park District and the Crystal Lake Historical Society. Built in 1858, the Colonel Palmer House features Federal and Greek Revival-style architecture and sits on a unique cobblestone foundation. The Colonel Palmer House is the only structure in Crystal Lake that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.