Exhibits & Artifacts Inside the Museum

The Columns Museum, located at 608 Broad Street in Milford, Pennsylvania, welcomes visitors during regularly scheduled hours, 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday (April 1st to June 30th), (September 1st to November 30th) and Wednesday – Sunday (July 1st to August 31st).


The P.C.H.S. has been a repository for Pike County’s artifacts and archives since 1930. Their collection vastly expanded in the 1980’s when the Society purchased the stately manse on Broad Street known as “The Columns”. The house was built in 1904 as a summer home for Irish immigrant and wealthy businessman Dennis McLaughlin from Jersey City, NJ. The Society is happy to accept donations of items which are pertinent to the history of Pike County. Our exhibits center around the people, places and happenings that have made Pike County’s history so colorful and interesting.

Our Exhibits Include:

The Lincoln Flag

In 1996, Joseph E. Garrera, current president of the Lincoln Group of New York, an organization dedicated to studying the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, concluded an independent year-long study regarding the authenticity of a bloodstained, 36 star, American flag which played an important role in the events at... Continue Reading

Gifford Pinchot and the Pinchot Family

A legacy of forestry, preservation & conservation that started right here in Pike County.

Charles Peirce

The American born philosopher, logician, and scientist who is often proclaimed by his current followers to be one of America’s greatest minds.

Chief Thundercloud

The famous American Indian, believed to be the model for the nickel as well as the last five dollar gold piece minted in the United States, came right from our very own Dingmans Ferry in Pike County.

Schocopee Schoolhouse

This historic structure, was originally constructed in the late 1850’s just “out of town” on Schocopee Road and served as a one-room school until 1907, when it was replaced by the new, “modern,” school in Milford.

Summer camps in Pike County

Summer camps have be an integral part of Pike County’s history since the turn of the century. Our collection and exhibits represent several camps that existed all over the county.

World War II Posters

Our collection of more than 30 original World War II posters were found in the Museum’s attic several years ago and we have exhibited them in an effort to preserve them through sponsorship. Contact us if you’d like to help preserve them, and sponsor a poster.

World Trade Center

This steel girder donated to us by Fred Merusi was a part of the World Trade Center and collected from Ground Zero after the tragedy.

Books & Art

Our exhibits contain a collection of art works, books and other print resources, as well as historical photographs of life in Pike County during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Hiawatha Stage Coach

Under a pavilion to the west side of The Columns, visitors may look upon the Hiawatha, an original 19th century stagecoach, built during the late 1840’s or early 1850’s.

Vintage Clothing

We are noted for our outstanding vintage clothing collection, which includes gowns from many famed people such as Marquis de Lafayette, Jeannie Gourlay Struthers, William Jennings Bryan and many others.

Latest News & Events

January 5, 2018

Dinner and Lecture by Bill Thomas, Ph,D., Scientist and Explorer

On Saturday January 20, 2018 the Columns will kick off the New Year with dinner and a lecture by Bill Thomas. Bill earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University. Since 1988 with funding from the National Geographic Society, Conservation International, the Indo-Pacific Conservation Alliance, the Explorers Club and... Continue Reading
August 2, 2017

The Little Big Band Beef and Brew Dinner to Raise Money For Porch Repairs August 19th 7pm

Join us on Saturday August 19th for a night of swing under the stars as The Little Big Band returns to delight us all with their fabulous big band sound!  Tickets are $40 and include dinner, dessert, music and a little libation.  Proceeds will be applied towards the upcoming repair... Continue Reading

Pike County Historical Society at the Columns

608 Broad Street, Milford, Pennsylvania
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Museum Hours

  • MONDAY Closed
  • TUESDAY Closed
  • WEDNESDAY 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • THURSDAY By Appointment
  • FRIDAY By Appointment
  • SATURDAY 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • SUNDAY 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM