Sharp County Arkansas

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Date: 18 Jul 1868
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Welcome to the Sharp County, Arkansas Project!

The county was formed on July 18, 1868, and named for Ephraim Sharp, a state legislator from the area.

Maps and Boundaries


  • US 62
  • US 63
  • US 167
  • US 412
  • Arkansas 56
  • Arkansas 58
  • Arkansas 175



  • Ash Flat (county seat)
  • Cave City
  • Cherokee Village
  • Hardy
  • Highland
  • Horseshoe Bend


  • Evening Shade
  • Sidney
  • Williford

Unincorporated Communities

  • Ben-Gay
  • Ozark Acres
  • Poughkeepsie


  • Big Creek
  • Cave (Cave City)
  • Cherokee (most of Cherokee Village, small part of Highland)
  • Davidson
  • East Sullivan
  • Hardy (most of Hardy)
  • Highland (most of Highland)
  • Jackson (Williford)
  • Lave Creek
  • Lower North
  • Morgan
  • North Big Rock
  • North Lebanon
  • Ozark
  • Piney Fork (Evening Shade)
  • Richwoods (part of Ash Flat, small part of Horseshoe Bend)
  • Scott
  • South Big Rock
  • South Union
  • Strawberry
  • Upper North
  • Washington
  • West Sullivan (most of Sideny)

Military and War

Civil War

No large-scale Civil War actions occurred in the county. The most notable action was the January 7, 1864, Skirmish at Martin’s Creek. Another skirmish occurred the following month at Morgan’s Mill, located one mile west of Williford. A service commemorating the skirmish and dedicating a historical marker was held on November 27, 2004, several miles east of Hardy.

Historical Landmarks

  • Crystal River Tourist Camp (formerly Crystal River Cave Court, today Cave Courts Motel) is a motor inn built in 1932 in Cave City, Arkansas. It is the oldest operating motor court in the state.[2] It is built of fieldstones from the Ozarks. The motel was abandoned for several years before being purchased and restored. It is now reopened as the Cave Courts Motel.
  • The Poughkeepsie School Building is a historic school building in Poughkeepsie, Arkansas, between Arkansas Highway 58 and Cherry Street. It is a single-story fieldstone building in the shape of an H, with front-gabled wings flanking a central horizontally-ridged section. The school was built in 1929–30, and is a well-preserved representative of a rural Arkansas stone school of the period.

National Protected Areas

Cave City is located i the southern section of Sharp County and is widely known for its sweet watermelons. Cave City was known as Loyal in 1880, and the name was changed to Cave City because it sat above the Crystal River, which is accessible only through the Crystal River Tourist Camp. This is no longer open to the public but is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Little is known about Crystal River, but it is a unique river because of its inhabitants. In late 2002, scientists learned that the river was home to a rare species of freshwater shrimp. The shrimp was given the scientific name Bacturus speleopolis, the second word being Greek for Cave City. The river is also home to a type of eyeless fish called sucker fish.


Elwin Charles "Preacher" Roe (1916–2008) b. in Ash Flat; professional baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Brooklyn Dodgers. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Roe was one of the top pitchers in the game. inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1967, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1976, and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. Roe died on November 9, 2008.

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