ABOUT PIKE COUNTY
Pike County was organized in 1821 and named for General Zebulon Pike of New Jersey. The county first encompassed 1,100 square miles and was so large that it was referred to as the “State of Pike.” After other counties were carved out, Pike County was left with 671 square miles.
Green Beachamp was one of the first settlers in the area. Monticello was the first county seat. Troy became the county seat in August 1838. At that time, it was called “Deer Stand Hill.”
Pike County’s population is 33,339 and mostly rural. There are 15 educational outlets in the county including Troy University.
Major agricultural crops in Pike County are poultry, cattle, timber, peanuts and cotton. Other crops grown are hay, corn, fruits and vegetables and nuts. Major industries include Wiley Sanders Trucking and Lead companies, KW Plastics, Lockheed Martin, Carter Brothers Manufacturing, Sikorsky, and Henderson, Black and Green.
Pike County is home to the Pocossin, an evergreen area that is home to unique tropical growth and reptiles (the Blue Indigo Snake). These plants only grow in this area and in desert areas. Other tourist attractions include Pike Pioneer Museum, Jean Lake Arts Festival, TroyFest, Troy University, College Street and Antique City.
The Pike County Extension Office has six-full-time employees. It has a very active and varied Extension program including agriculture, forestry and natural resources, family and consumer science, nutrition education, community leadership and development, 4-H, and emergency preparedness and disaster education. About 1,100 youth are involved in 4-H.