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Welcome to Woodstock, a picturesque Victorian town built around a town square. Originally called Centerville, Woodstock was selected as the county seat of McHenry County in 1843 because of its location almost exactly in the center of the county. Over the decades, Woodstock has welcomed those who came to conduct personal, legal, and civic business on the Woodstock square, to work in Woodstock's typewriter, die casting, and other factories, to attend theatrical productions at the opera house and band concerts in the park. Woodstock residents and those from surrounding towns gathered in Woodstock to see McHenry County's service men and women off to war, to welcome them home and celebrate their safe return, to mourn those who gave their lives, and to honor all who served.(Courtesy of McHenry County Historical Society.) Erastus E. Richards, a prominent Woodstock ... Upon his return, he was elected city clerk. Richards served several terms on the city council and also worked as a clerk of the circuit court.

Author:Nancy L. Baker
Publisher:Arcadia Publishing - 2006


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