General Thomas M Harris School Museum  
  General Thomas M Harris School Museum  
Open Tuesday - Thursday
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
1:30 pm -4:30 pm
217 West Main Street
Harrisville WV 26362


Thomas M Harris

Golden Horseshoe Awardees

 Learn more about General Thomas M Harris
and the School Museum named after him
by watching this video.

 The two-story brick building housing the General Thomas M. Harris School Museum was originally a four-room school house built in 1878.

Some noteworthy dates in the history of the building are:
1878: The original four-room brick school building was completed.
1881: Robert Morris was the first high school graduate.
1904: Four rooms were added.
          Seven students graduated from high school.
1924: The building became Harrisville Grade School
1965: The building became the offices of the Board of Education
1995: Ritchie County Historical Committee begins the resoration of the building and The Thomas M Harris School Museum was created.

What is in the School Museum?

  • A classroom from by-gone years 
  • Displays and memorabilia of Ritchie County Schools
  • A geneology room
  • A military room with pictures and exhibits spanning from the American Revolution to the Iraq War
  • A community Hall featuring exhibits of former county businesses and organization
  • A dentist display
  • A large Golden Horseshoe display honoring the Ritchie County students who have won membership in The West Virginia Club through their excellence in the study of West Virginia history. Click here to see the names of the winners from 1931 to the present.





Donations are tax deductible and may be sent to:
Ritchie County Historical Museum, Inc
PO Box 163
Harrisville WV 26362