In , Jeff Adams and his wife were living in Barrington, Ill. Jeff worked in wealth management and traveled quite a bit for his job, so they began a methodical search of lake communities that were within a two-hour drive of Barrington. Not long after they had purchased their first summer home there, Jeff discovered his connection to the Lauderdale Lakes went back much further than he knew. The Lauderdales were some of the earliest settlers of that part of Walworth County, and they bought most of the farmland on the east side of the lakes, hence the name. Jeff had inadvertently chosen the one lake or really, three lakes that his ancestors had lived on for generations. And much like his ancestors, Jeff and his family found they loved living on Lauderdale.