58th Annual Corn Fest and Period Music Jam
Randolph County Historical Society
If good food, good music, and a good time are on your to-do list don't miss the 58th Annual Corn Fest at the historic eight-sided, one-room Charter Oak School. Charter Oak School is one of the few remaining octagonal one-room schools still standing in the United States and the only known example in Illinois. When built, the school represented the latest in architectural design. Daniel Ling, a Michigan schoolteacher, designed the building with windows on 8 sides to offer better interior lighting and wind resistance during storms. School was held in the one-room schoolhouse from 1873 until 1953 when it closed due to consolidation. After it closed a former teacher purchased the building and began a local effort to restore it. The school was then purchased by the Randolph County Historical Society in 1970 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
The Randolph County Historical Society prepares a feast of fried chicken, unlimited corn on the cob (on-site), tomatoes, Indian corn pudding, ice cream, and drink. Serving begins at 4 p.m.
Ages 4-10: $5
Under 4: Free
For more information, please call 618-366-2633.
Charter Oak School
9272 Schuline Road
Sparta, IL (Map)