Evening shade AR

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Evening shade AR

Evening Shade, located on U. Highway in northern Arkansas, served as the seat of Sharp County for approximately ninety-five years. The once thriving community saw a slow decline in importance after the seat of government was removed in Today, it is best known as the setting for the s sitcom Evening Shade. Louisiana Purchase through Early Statehood Until aboutthe small settlement was known as Shanty. It is believed that the present name was derived from the afternoon shade provided by a small stand of tall pine trees Evening shade AR the post office.

At least for a short period of time, it was known as Hook Rum. Evening shade AR versions of a local story say that, in abouta group of locals took advantage of an intoxicated man. William Thompson, a War of veteran, may have been the earliest settler in the area. He lived near Batesville Independence County before settling on land near the present town.

With the establishment of a post office inthe town began a slow growth around this water supply. Civil War through the Gilded Age By the outbreak of the Civil War inthe town of about citizens consisted of three stores and a saloon. During the war, many local men served in the Confederate forces, though some, including county namesake Ephraim Sharpsupported the Union. Union forces moved through the settlement inwith one Union group breaking into stores and causing considerable damage. On October 7,Confederate forces were defeated in a skirmish near the town. Prior toEvening Shade was located in Lawrence County.

Instate representative Ephraim Sharp, an early area settler, and his brother introduced legislation to create a new county from part of Lawrence County. For approximately twenty-six years, Evening Shade served as the lone county seat, with a courthouse being constructed in After it burned inspace was rented. Bythe population was approaching almost With the development of nearby Hardy Sharp Countythere was a push to move the county seat. Instead, the county was divided into two districts inwith Hardy as the northern district seat.

Early Twentieth Century through the Modern Era The splitting of the county into two districts had no measurable negative effect on the growth of Evening Shade.

Evening shade AR

The population slightly increased during the next decade. Bya bridge had been constructed across the Strawberry Riverbetter connecting the town to the rest of the county. Many local black citizens owned some land and property, carrying out subsistence farming in the area. Some refused to leave, and a second round of notices reiterated the warning. Inthe first bank, under the supervision of John Medley, was opened. Though sold several times, it has always maintained the name Bank of Evening Shade. The town has been home to at least three newspapers: Evening shade AR Sharp County Herald started in ; the Sharp County Record began in and still continues; and the Sharp County Messenger started in The Great Depression seems to have had little negative effect on the town, with the population continuing to grow during the s.

Inlocal women formed a group to provide canned food to help the less fortunate endure the hard times. Devastation hit the town on February 20,when many of the businesses were destroyed by fire. As a result, those that were rebuilt were constructed of local stone. Four years later, Main Street was paved. Evening Shade and Hardy continued to serve as county seats until a consolidated seat of government was located at Ash Flat in InEvening Shade drew national attention when the town was used as the setting of a sitcom starring Burt Reynolds.

Many of the exterior shots were filmed in the town. The school opened in November with approximately twenty students. A few years later, town citizens collected money and materials and commissioned Edwin Smith to build a two-story frame schoolhouse just north of town. When the building burned inthe school was reopened the next day in the Methodist church. A new school was Evening shade AR in about a year. By the s, many rural schools were being consolidated. A new, larger school was built inbut the main building was destroyed by fire on November 29, Classes were once again held in temporary quarters until damaged buildings were repaired and new ones built.

As ofonly a K—4 campus is located in the town. Industry and Attractions Much of the business decline began with the growth of the nearby towns of Cave City and Ash Flat. Though the residential population increased, the removal of the county government was a severe blow to the town, as was the consolidation of the school in In the s, the Evening Shade Betterment Association initiated an annual event known as SummerFest, though it lasted only a few years.

Evening shade AR

Today, most of the Main Street buildings remain, but the center of town commerce has moved a few hundred yards to U. Highway The town has seven properties on the National Register of Historic Places. Lankford, Rose Mary. Moore, Caruth Shaver. Evening Shade, AR: C. Moore, Honor or memorial gifts are an everlasting way to pay tribute to someone who has touched your life. When a tribute gift is given the honoree will receive a letter acknowledging your generosity and a bookplate will be placed in a book. For more information, contact or calsfoundation cals. Read our Privacy Policy.

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