In November of 1976, only two months after the Pigeon Historical Society was organized, the former parsonage of the First United Methodist Church was leased for $1.00 per year to be used as a historical museum.
Collecting artifacts for later display was soon underway and the items were stored in the museum until they could be prepared for opening.
The June meeting of the Society was held at the museum with members sharing their talents in painting of the downstairs rooms, erecting shelves, placing display cabinets, etc. Members of the Pigeon Worth While Club assisted in the painting project.
The museum was open to the public on June 21st, 1987 with week-end hours during the summer.
After a few years, the Board of Trustees of the church found the maintenance of the parsonage/museum to be a burden, and plans were made to tear it down.
The Historical Society had to remove the artifacts and store them until a new museum could be found.
A coveted site was the vacant train depot in downtown Pigeon. Through numerous meetings with village officials who had secured the depot from the railroad companies a 100-year lease was finally negotiated.
The building was badly in need of a new roof, a new floor, and other repairs. With the cooperation of local businesses, Village officials, members of the Pigeon Historical Society, and area civic clubs the building was finally ready for public opening, and the dedication of the Pigeon Depot Museum took place on July 23, 1987.
The museum has a large collection of local artifacts including early farm tools, railroad memorabilia, school photos and records, antique furniture and much more. Efforts are made to feature changing displays each season to maintain the interest of visitors. In 1992 over 3,000 visitors toured the museum, coming from many states and several foreign countries.