Huntley's Woodstock Street
Few remaining examples of streets containing old paving bricks survive in McHenry County. Woodstock and North
streets in Huntley are two such vintage roadways. Woodstock Street, lined with mature trees and grand old houses,
was the main thoroughfare through Huntley. In the days when farmers brought their milk by horse and wagon to town
for processing, the steep hill in the street made paving necessary.
Brick paving was basically a fad of the times. Brick paved streets were â€œprized for their modernity, ease of
traffic movement and cleanlinessâ€ but not every town embraced this method of street paving during the later half of
the 1800â€™s and early 1900â€™s. The fact that Huntley did makes this feature rare in the county.
Stowell-Deicke Farmstead, Huntley
One of the earliest farmsteads in the area, the original Stowell property in Huntley was owned by several
prominent area figures through the years. Edwin Deicke, a highly regarded contributor to Huntleyâ€™s growth, owned a
group of farms that made up 1000 acres on the west side of the village. This farmstead would eventually become part
of a five-farm collective known as â€œSun Valley Farmsâ€.
Both barn and house were constructed of hand-hewn posts and beams with angled braces mortised and tenoned with
wooden pegs. Other outbuildings predate 1880 and have survived on the site, including the silo, a stone-lined well,
a stone smokehouse, a chicken coop, and the original grain/corn crib built with square nails.