The John Seely School Site

This historic monument marks the location of the first English-speaking school in Illinois. It was opened in 1783 and taught by Samuel J. Seely. The school was an abandoned squatter's cabin, located on a tract of land known as the James Lemen Grant, later the Varnum Homestead. It is located 1.2 miles east on KK Road coming off of the Kaskaskia Road.


Latitude: 38.266667 Longitude: -90.129444 Elevation: 648 ft
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Seasons Open

visible year round

Visitor Fees


Accessibility Notes

This monument is visible from the road. No public parking is available at location.

Pet Friendly Notes


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