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Near Sparta in Randolph County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Charter Oak School

 
 
Charter Oak School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
1. Charter Oak School Marker
Inscription.  Charter Oak School is said to be the only octagonal one-story brick schoolhouse in Illinois. It was built in 1873, in accordance with a design suggested by Daniel Ling, a teacher of the Charter Oak School district. It served as a school until 1953. The octagonal shape utilizes daylight and offers wind resistance. The first school in the district was a log building, erected three years after the Illinois Free School Law was passed in 1845. This was succeeded in 1863 by a frame structure in which Ling taught in 1872-1873.
 
Erected 1970 by Randolph County Historical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducation. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 5.357′ N, 89° 47.637′ W. Marker is near Sparta, Illinois, in Randolph County. Marker is on Schuline Road (County Route 4) east of Orchard Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is in front
Charter Oak School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
2. Charter Oak School Marker
of the schoolhouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9272 Schuline Rd, Sparta IL 62286, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The American Bottom (approx. 8 miles away); Kaskaskia (approx. 9.1 miles away); Founding of Steeleville (approx. 9.3 miles away); George Rogers Clark Campsite (approx. 9.9 miles away); Chester-Kaskaskia, Illinois (approx. 9.9 miles away); Mary's River Covered Bridge (approx. 9.9 miles away); Fort Kaskaskia Shelter (approx. 10˝ miles away); Kaskaskia Island (approx. 10˝ miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Charter Oak Schoolhouse on Wikipedia. This was one of 53 octagon-like schoolhouses in the United States, and one of three that still stand. Building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 (#78001181). (Submitted on November 30, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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