Cook House

In 1992, the Cook House was dedicated by the Illinois State Historical Society as an historical site. Located at 711 N. Main Street, Wauconda, it is maintained as a museum and open for tours, programs and special events from May–December. It is the home of the Wauconda Township Historical Society.


Mary Cook with her son, Arthur, and his children, ca. 1900.

The first brick house constructed in this part of the township was built and occupied by Andrew and Mary Oaks Cook, relatives of Wauconda founder, Justus Bangs.  The original floor plan was a single story farmhouse consisting of a kitchen, living room, parlor, and one bedroom.  The Cook house still stands, over 170 years later, renovated,  and is currently the home of the Wauconda Township Historical Society, open to the public according to appointment or schedule.

Although the Cook House has been extensively remodeled in the intervening years, the original structure is still standing. Today it is operated as a museum by the Wauconda Township Historical Society. Other parts of the original Cook property include what is now Homer Cook Park (home of the Wauconda Park District), and the lands occupied by Wauconda High School and the Wauconda Area Public Library.

A Look Into the Past at the Cook House      




Piano.jpgAntique Square Grand Piano

Knabe, Gaehle & Company- Baltimore
Manufactured between 1852 and 1855
Donated by Jeff Carlisle of the Carlisle and Lewis Families

For Group Tours or Private Tours:

Please call 847-526-9303 and leave a message and we will be glad to contact you to set up a time convenient for you or your group.