The original Old Richmond School House built in 1896 was used from 1914-1924. This two-room wooden structure sat near Tobaccoville Road facing east. It was a consolidated school, replacing the schools at Tabernacle and Seward.
Old Richmond's architectural design featured a large central auditorium, classrooms built on open halls running the length of the building, two separate front entrances and the principal's office located between the front entrances. Of the three Forsyth County Schools designed on this plan, Old Richmond, Vienna and Rural Hall, Old Richmond was the last one still standing. In 1977 this Old Richmond building was demolished to make room for the new elementary school.
The original gym still stands and will continue to be a integral part in the physical education program for students. The old two-room school house also still stands on the property. From 1948-1976 the principal at Old Richmond, John Wood, lived in the old school-house. During that time the superintendent wanted to start a new plan of having principals live on the school grounds.
In 1980 renovation of the old schoolhouse was completed "so that children of today and tomorrow can get an idea of what schools were like in the past" (Kay Gambrell, former principal). Renovations included painting, refinishing the floors, patching holes and removing all traces of electricity and modern heating - things that were installed long after the building ceased to be used as a school. School equipment dating from the 1920s was brought in, including old-fashioned desks, a pot-bellied stove and slate boards.