History of Olympia School
This museum property, the “Original Olympia School” building,(1901) represents a significant contribution to mill village culture. Because many of the mill workers came from impoverished circumstances, they realized how valuable an education for their children would be. Throughout the 20th Century, thousands of productive Richland County citizens got their start here. This building represents the founding of a school that remained a vibrant part of the Olympia Mill Village until it was closed in 1992. The school reopened in 2000 as a district alternative school, and it is still in operation today.