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.

The monument was erected by a former slave, George Washington, to his former master Dr. Silas Hamilton, this is the only monument of its kind. No where in the world is there such a monument.

hamiltonschool3.jpg.w300h431The Monument reads as follows:


Created by George Washington

Born in Virgina a Slave

Died at Otterville, Illinois

April 18, 1864

A Christian Freeman

To the Memory of

Dr. Silas Hamilton

His former master

Born at Tinmouth, VT May 10, 1775

Died Otterville, Illinois November 19, 1834

Having his lifetime given freedom to Twenty-eight slaves and at his death bequeathed four thousand dollars for the erection and endowment of the Hamilton Primary School