What’s left of Richland Township’s College Corner schoolhouse in Madison County

Although Richland Township’s brick College Corner schoolhouse was erected in 18841, an older District 4 schoolhouse, likely frame, sat on the land of J.H. Chambers at the southeast corner of College Corner Road and North County Road 100-East even earlier2.

Photo taken December 5, 2021.

The District 4 schoolhouse was one of three that simultaneously bore the colloquial name of “College Corner” in Madison County3, but Richland Township’s was home to the county’s first graded schoolhouse. In fact, Madison County’s first rural graduation exercises were held at this College Corner schoolhouse in 19144.

In 1939, Richland Township officials began planning a larger structure to allow the Center, Thornburg, Wesley Chapel, Moonville, Burton, and College Corner5 schoolhouses to consolidate into one building. That six-room school, also known as College Corner, was completed in 1950. The abandoned schoolhouses were auctioned off two years later6.

The modern College Corner School as it appeared on January 4, 2020.

The modern school was expanded in 1958 in a project that added eight classrooms, a cafeteria, and a multipurpose room. In 1968, the modern school received third addition that consisted of an art room, kindergarten room, and general elementary classroom7.

The enlarged College Corner school, by then part of the Anderson Community School District, closed in 2005. Today, the old District 4 schoolhouse stands in ruins across the road.

Sources Cited
1 Jackson, S. T. (2019, March 1). What’s in a Name: The literal origin of Richland Township . The Herald Bulletin. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
2 Kingman Brothers. (1880). History of Madison County, Indiana with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches. Chicago, IL.
3 (See footnote 1).
4 Forkner, J. (1914). History of Madison County Indiana. A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People and Its Principal Interests, Volume 1. book, The Lewis Publishing Company. Chicago, IL.
5 Bond Issue for New School was Given Approval (1939, March 11). The Alexandria Times-Tribune. p. 1.
6 Notice of Sale of School Property (1952, July 22). The Anderson Herald. p. 14.
7 Okeh College Corner School $150,000 Expansion Project. (1967, July 15). The Anderson Herald. p. 1.

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