If walls could talk—and some believe that, in this case, they do—the Dole Mansion would have quite a tale to tell. It has stood for nearly a century and a half. Yet, just a few years ago, this storied McHenry County icon was nearly lost to the wrecking ball. Saved by a grassroots fundraising campaign, this local landmark is now being restored room by room, and its annex is home to the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park.
With a wide-array of things to do, from outdoor recreation to downtown shopping and dining, Crystal Lake has the largest population of McHenry County and some of the most active residents.