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Former schoolhouse to open as museum in SE Wash.

WALLA WALLA, Wash. - A one-room schoolhouse that served students in rural Columbia County during the early 20th century is set to open this weekend as a museum.

The Walla-Walla Union Bulletin reports the historic Smith Hollow School in Dayton, Wash., has been renovated by the Blue Mountain Heritage Society. The museum will showcase the history of education in the county and serve as a meeting place for the society and other community groups.

The former school once served students in first through eighth grade in rural Columbia County before becoming a meeting center and eventually falling into disrepair. It was closed in 1933.

The building was moved in 2010 downtown Dayton, about 30 miles northeast of Walla Walla.

The school will be dedicated Friday.