Preserving History for Future Generations

Welcome to our webpage!
  Free admission to the museum!  
We are located at 112 N Columbus Ave, Golconda, Illinois
Our purpose is to discover and preserve important artifacts and information related to one of the oldest counties in Illinois! Formed in 1816, Pope County is in the southeastern corner of Illinois.
Our museum in Golconda has several different collections throughout the various parts of our building. The large front room is devoted to county history including a variety of artifacts donated by various families through the years. This room also features the work of many local artists as well as portraits of prominent Pope Countians.
Among the most interesting exhibits is a mammoth tusk discovered along the Ohio River, an old Studebaker wagon, an egg crate machine, and a copper still.
A military exhibit area with items ranging form the War of 1812 to current times and a research library make up the rear section of the museum.
There is a schoolroom area and a meeting area. Several exhibits in the middle section of the museum deal with mercantile businesses in the county.
There is a sizeable collection of tokens which were used for trading at general stores in the Pope County communities. There are also several mercantile ledgers from various businesses.
Pictures of various graduating classes from Pope County High School adorn the hallway and other areas. Stop by and visit with us on weekends from April to November.
Pope County Illinois Circuit Court Records
The indexes are available on this website. 
The records hold valuable information about your ancestors. 
Buel House in Golconda, Illinois
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  Free admission to the museum!  
Donations accepted.
The county roads have been drastically improved since 1935.

Upcoming Events
July 23, 2024
6:00 pm
July meeting Cherokee Trail of Tears
The Cherokee Trail of Tears   The Pope County Historical Society will meet on Tuesday, July 23. Our speaker this month is Mr. Bill Tanner.  ...

August 27, 2024
6:00 pm
August meeting
Our speaker will be Krist Thodoropoulos.  Krist will speak about the levee that was built around Golconda. There will be pictures too.

September 24, 2024
6:00 pm
September meeting
Our speaker will be James Lewis. James will have an Open Discussion on history of New Liberty/ Hamletsburg area.

October 22, 2024
6:00 pm
October meeting

November 19, 2024
6:00 pm
Historical Society Meeting / Program (Meetings)
Our speaker will be Todd Carr. Todd will share the story of Ford's Ferry.

Facts and Tips
On 25 June 1816, Silvey, a 24 year-old Negro servant of John Morris was indentured to him for a period of 40 years for a payment of $400.00. This was the first of several such registrations entered at the courthouse in Pope County.
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In 1824, a vote was held on amending the constitution in Illinois to allow slavery. It was defeated by a margin of 1,638 votes. Pope County cast 273 votes for it and 124 against it.
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The Trail of Tears entered Illinois at Berry's Ferry in Golconda and passed along the trail James Lusk had earlier established past Allen Springs about a mile southwest of present day Dixon Springs.
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