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Pike County has a rich and colorful history. Created in 1821, Pike County encompassed at the time all the land between the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers northward, including at the time the small village of Chicago. It was reduced to its present size in 1825. Pike County was home to Free Frank McWorter, the first African American to incorporate a town. John Hay and John Nicolay, two of Abraham Lincoln's personal secretaries, made their homes in Pike during the 1850s. Lincoln himself made several visits to Pike County, with many of the homes he frequented still standing, including the Shastid House.

The Historic East School building, home to the PCHS, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Become a member of the PCHS

The Pike County Historical Society invites you to become a member. Dues are just $10 per person for a year. The PCHS holds informative meetings and provides a quarterly newsletter featuring Society news and historical information. Click here for a membership form.

Publications for sale

The PCHS also has for sale various books and items focused on Pike's Past.

The History of Pike County by Jess Thompson

Stories of the county from its beginning. $40 (by mail $45)

1880 History of Pike County by C. Chapman

Includes bibliographical sketches of early settlers. $60 (by mail $65)

Schools of Pike County

Histories of rural and community schools with many pictures of buildings and students. $40 (by mail $45)

Contact us

Email: info@pikecoilhistory.org

Pike County Historical Society
P.O. Box 44
Pittsfield, IL 62363

View of the East School