Hamilton Primary School




Fred Nolan, co-owner of Fulkerson Mansion at Hazel Dell in Jerseyville, Illinois passed away on Friday, November 8th.

Fred was a member of our Society and his family graciously named our organization as his memorial.

To make a donation please make check payable to Otter Creek Historical Society, 107 E. Main, Otterville, IL 62052, Attention: Mary Drainer, Treasurer.

Annual Festival Information


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. 


If you attended the Hamilton Primary School and have not received a letter from the Society, please download the form, complete and mail to Gayle Rothe as indicated on the form. If you would like to become a lifetime member of the Society, please download the membership form. You can become an annual member or a lifetime member. Download and complete the appropriate form along with your check.