Located in what was once the township of North Greenfield, this cream city brick schoolhouse was erected in 1887 on the site of the first brick Honey Creek School, which was built in 1855. The schoolhouse combined both grade and high school when it first opened, and features a bell tower that was reconstructed in 1973. The building became part of the West Allis school system in 1902 and boasted a grade school up until 1923.
Since 1923, the building has been utilized by the city as a home for various organizations, including civil air patrol, the forestry department, and West Allis Hospital planning offices. In 1966, Garfield school was converted into the West Allis Historical Society Museum, which continues to be housed at the site today. Trace the development of West Allis from a tiny frontier settlement to a thriving city, and discover the charm of the pas,t in the museum’s collections and displays.
Visitors to this charming old schoolhouse will be able to explore a 1900’s dental office, tool room, pioneer room, general store and blacksmith shop. Ring the school bell and vote on an early 1940’s voting machine. View the schoolhouse’s extensive doll collection and an exhibit dedicated to the industry that once defined the area.