The County was organized in 1841 by a committee of pioneers, headed by Thomas Bullock who came to Walnut Grove (now Eureka) in 1835 from Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky, his birthplace. The County and its first County Seat, Versailles, were both named by Mr. Bullock in honor of his boyhood home. Court was held in a private home.
Abraham Lincoln was one of the early-day lawyers who practiced in the Versailles Court. Two years later, in 1843, the County Seat was moved to Hanover (now Metamora). A new Courthouse was built from home products. The bricks were burned from native clay, and the lumber cut and split from the adjacent forest.
The Hanover Company donated the ground, and the cost of the building was $4,400.00, paid for during the first two years.
The old Courthouse was abandoned when the county Seat was moved to Eureka in 1884. The old Courthouse, built at Metamora in the early 1840's, was purchased by the State of Illinois during Governer Len Small's administration; and is maintained as a memorial in honor of Abraham Lincoln, who tried many cases at the County Seat. Within its old walls are stored valuable relics contributed by the Woodford County Historical Society.
A board of three commissioners conducted the County's affairs until 1855, when the townships were represented by a supervisor elected annually. In 1930 the present four-year term came in vogue by a state law approved June 10, 1929.
Today the governing body of Woodford County is comprised of five elected officials from each of three districts of the County. District 1 includes Linn, Clayton, Minonk, Roanoke, Greene, Panola, Palestine, El Paso, and Kansas Townships; District 2 includes Partridge, Cazenovia, Spring Bay, and Worth Townships; District 3 includes Metamora, Cruger, Olio, and Montgomery Townships.
The current terms are still four years for all board members.
1st Floor Courthouse
115 N. Main St., Ste. 103
Eureka, IL 61530
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