Charter Oak School
The marker is located on Schuline Road (County Road 4) approximately 0.8 mile west of Schuline, Illinois.
Randolph County Historical Society and The Illinois State Historical Society
Charter Oak School is said to be the only octagonal one-room 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.
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