Macktown Forest Preserve, 2221 Freeport Road, 280.8 acres, was the first non-indigenous settlement in Winnebago County. Stephen Mack, Jr. married Hononegah, and they settled in what was then called Pekatonic, now Rockton. Both the 1839 Stephan Mack Home and the Whitman Trading post are designated a National Historical District. The Macktown Living History Visitor’s Center and historic village are open for special events. There is also the 18-hole Macktown golf course, built in the 1930s, a popular site, as is its historic clubhouse. Source: Rockford Register Star, May 24, 2019
The Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve was donated to the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County by Seth B. Atwood in 1962 in memory of the Atwood family who settled there in the fall of 1840. There is also an 18-hole golf course. The forest preserve covers 338 acres. Source: Rockford Register Star, March 22, 2019
Ann Bloomfield is the first woman director of golf for the Rockford Park District, and only the third person to hold the position in 41 years. The last two years she was the head pro in charge of Sandy Hollow and Sinnissippi golf courses. Source: Rockford Register Star, April 9, 2019.