The Columns Museum - Exhibits and Artifacts

The Lincoln Room, in which the Lincoln flag and other important artifacts related to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln can be found.

The lives of the Gourlay family members who were witnesses to that event are displayed, The Columns also contains several other interesting exhibits and important artifacts

The "Civil War Room" contains an exhibit which depicts the lives of civilians who lived in Pike County during those turbulent times, as well as lives of soldiers from the area who were engaged in the conflict itself.

The Columns Museum - Exhibits and Artifacts


The Columns Museum - Exhibits and Artifacts

"Rural Hours: A Pike County Pastoral, 1860 -1950," interprets a century of Pike County history, a time when the pursuits of its people were mainly agricultural and the area was decidedly rural. It was a time when a majority of the area residents earned their living from the land, either by farming or extraction types of industry, such as quarrying and timbering. Featuring a slide presentation, many artifacts and pictures from the period, as well as detailed narrative explanations, the exhibit is a pastoral. It clearly and realistically depicts rural life during an era which is often forgotten.

One of the valuable artifacts on permanent display at The Columns is "The Mayflower Candlestick," brought to these shores aboard the Mayflower in 1620 by William Bradford, who was to become one of the first governors of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The candlestick was handed down through the Bradford family, eventually coming to Milford with his descendants.

The Pike County Historical Society is constantly reviewing its holdings and acquiring new items of historic significance. Periodically, new displays and exhibits are created to focus upon new areas of historic interest and importance.