Founded on March 26, 1814, the county called "Pike" in Pennsylvania was named for Zebulon Montgomery Pike, who is credited with discovering Pike's Peak, located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. As the monumental year approaches, there are several celebratory events already planned and more are currently being planned.
Zane Grey, the famous western novelist who spent much time in Lackawaxen, will be honored on his birthday-January 31st. The event will take place at the Pike County Historical Society in cooperation with the Zane Grey West Society and the National Park Service – Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River branch.
The evening will include a visit from Zane Grey himself, as portrayed by Darren Fouse, and our County Commissioners will declare the day "Zane Grey Day," in Pike, by official proclamation. A birthday bash complete with cake, snacks and libation will be served. Admission is free and the party starts at 7 p.m on January 31st, 2014 at the Pike County Historical Society located at 608 Broad Street in Milford.
Also on the calendar is a commemorative banquet on the very day which marks the 200th anniversary of Pike County-March 26, 2014. The banquet will be held at Woodloch Lodge east of Hawley, and State Senator Lisa Baker will be the keynote speaker. In close proximity to Woodloch Lodge is the very site where Dan Beard, founder of the Boy Scouts, once ran his outdoor school for boys. Guests are in for a dose of history and guaranteed a "campy" experience.
As Pike County's origins lie with outdoor life and experiences, an open fishing derby will commence on opening day of the 2014 fishing season and winners will be awarded prizes in several categories at "Zane Grey Days", a yearly event hosted by the National Park Service at Zane Grey's home, a National Historic Site located in Lackawaxen at the conflux of the Lackawaxen and Delaware Rivers, on July 12th.
Also, on the 12th and 13th of July, the Shohola Historical Society will host a re-enactment and historical event in commemoration of the Civil War. These events should make a trip to this part of Pike County, on this particular weekend, an educational and fun filled trip with lots to see and do. (Official Derby Rules, and rulers with which to measure your catch before you release it, will be made available at various locations throughout the region. More details to follow.)
The Pike County Commissioners have created two keepsakes of the anniversary. A 13-month calendar, depicting scenes from Pike's 13 municipalities, and a commemorative coin are both available for a minimal fee of $5 each and can be obtained at many locations throughout the county, including the Pike County Historical Society, 608 Broad Street, Milford. Call 570-296-8126 or email with your order, or stop by. Museum Hours: Wed., Sat., and Sun 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information about this event, The Columns Museum, or the Pike County Historical Society, please visit or call 570-296-8126.