Hamilton Primary School



The roof has been repainted at a cost of $5,350. Necessary maintenance such as painting exterior trim including windows is needed. The front doors are in disrepair also.

If you would like to donate and help preserve this beautiful, historic building, please make check payable to Otter Creek Historical Society, Inc. and mail to 107 E. Main, Otterville, IL 62052.

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Hamilton Primary School
107 E. Main
Otterville, IL  62052

Hamilton Primary School was the first free school in the
State of Illinois and the first integrated school in the nation.

The Hamilton Primary School has been named to Landmarks Illinois' annual Ten Most Endangered Historic Places list, which was announced at a press conference in Springfield, Illinois on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.


The original bell from the school is on display on the front lawn of the school for all to see.