The 1845 Historic Elgin/Cottrell House Museum in Clarksville, Missouri, is the oldest house in Pike County. Built by a founding father of Clarksville on a land grant from President Monroe, the 3000-square-foot home has been restored to the antebellum period and houses one of the largest collections of antique furniture, accessories and oil painted portraits of that period.Nicknamed “The Jewel of Pike County,” it has been featured in many national publications like Victorian Homes Magazine (three times), and on PBS-TV’s Illinois Stories: Elgin Cottrell House. There are 14 rooms open to the public and the house sits right on the Mississippi with great views from any of its five porches. Open for tours by appointment at $5 a person. Must make appointment one day in advance and have at least two in your party. Buses welcome, plenty of parking, no walking.There is a second floor that is not wheelchair-friendly; sorry.Call Richard Cottrell, owner/manager, to book your tour or get more information. Richard would be glad to help you arrange your visit to Clarksville: book meals, arrange artists to do demonstrations and whatever else needed to make your trip to this historic home more pleasant.