North Barrington

Welcome to North Barrington

North Barrington first documented home was built in 1857 and the village was incorporated in 1959. North Barrington is home to approximately 3,000 residents and 1,100 home sites. Approximately 40% is open space, vacant land, and water/wetlands.” The Barrington area encompasses approximately 95 square miles of unique glacial landscape and is located within the Fox River ecosystem. North Barrington is approximately 35 miles northwest of Chicago.

The first settlers arrived in the 1830s and in 1854 the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad built its first station in the Village of Barrington. Subsequent generations have been attracted to the area by its appealing natural resources, and its accessibility to the metropolitan area, which provides a unique opportunity for countryside living with a proximity to urban development.

The Barrington Area Historical Society has documented the first homes in North Barrington at 156 Kimberly (known as the Kimberly House c. 1857), 150 Old Barrington Road (c. 1860) and the Kuhlman House at 615 Miller (c. 1875). The Kimberly House has a particularly colorful history because it is claimed to have been visited on several occasions by President Theodore Roosevelt, cousin of the Kimberlys daughter-in-law.

As time passed, residents preferred the natural setting of North Barrington and made it their home. The original subdivision of the Honey Lake area occurred in 1926; it was called Biltmore Country Estates and included the Biltmore Country Club.

In 1959, area residents voted to form the unincorporated area into the Village of North Barrington so citizens could more directly influence their environment.

Reference Unknown, 2020, Village History, 08/19/2020

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