Preserving History for Future Generations

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Buel House in Golconda, Illinois
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Buel House
Welcome to our webpage!
  Free admission to the museum!  
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.
  Free admission to the museum!  
Donations accepted.
The county roads have been drastically improved since 1935.

Upcoming Events
June 25, 2024
6:00 pm
June Meeting
Our speaker is Mark Motsinger.  Ancient Fortifications - The Stone Fort Tradition of the Lower Ohio Valley Program Description Stretching across the hill country of ...

July 23, 2024
6:00 pm
July meeting
Plans are to have our meeting on PTF-26 near the Golconda Marina.  We are waiting on confirmation that the boat will be in Golconda in ...

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 may 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

Facts and Tips
In 1926, a steam shovel of the United Gas Improvement company which was building a dam on the Ohio River below Golconda, uncovered a two feet long piece of ivory mammoth tusk. It is currently on display at the Pope County Historical Society Museum. Come see it!
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Pope County was created on 10 December 1816 from Gallatin and Johnson Counties. The first permanent settlement in what became Pope County was the modern-day site of Golconda in 1798.
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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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