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Sharp County

Sharp County is named for Ephraim Sharp, who was an early settler in the area.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Fulton County and Oregon County, Missouri

E – Randolph County and Lawrence County

S – Independence County

W – Izard County and Fulton County


Created:  July 18, 1868                          Map of Arkansas highlighting Sharp County

County Seat:        

Evening Shade  1870 – 1967

Hardy                 1894 – 1967

Ash Flat              1967 – present


County Courthouse – Ash Flat


Location:  718 Ash Flat Drive / Court Road

Built:  1966 – 1967

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Stuck, Frier, Lane & Scott Incorporated of Jonesboro

Contractor:  Charles Lovell Contractor of Searcy


Description:  The building faces west and is a one story buff colored brick and concrete structure.The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Ash Flat. The complex is comprised of six sections joined by breezeways. The roof is hipped. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 3rd Judicial District. 


Old County Courthouse  – Hardy



Location:  Main Street / Kelly Avenue

Built:  1883 – 1884

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Alexander W Rush and Moses Kempton

Contractor:  Alexander W Rush and Moses Kempton


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story stone structure. The building is located in the center of Hardy. The first story has an entrance at ground level on the south side. There are one story stone wings on the east and west sides. The roof is hipped. The building served as the courthouse from 1894 to until 1997.


See:  The 3rd Judicial District includes Jackson County,  Randolph County.


History:  The county was created in 1868 and Evening Shade was selected as the county seat in 1870. The first courthouse was built in 1870. The building burned in 1879 and the second two story courthouse was built in 1895 at a cost of $5000. In 1894, a second county seat was established at Hardy. The third courthouse was built in Hardy in 1883 to 1884 and served the northern district from 1894 to 1967. The building is still standing. Both closed in 1967 when the county seat was moved to Ash Flat and the fourth and present courthouse was constructed. The Evening Shade courthouse was demolished.



County Courthouse – Ash Flat









Old County Courthouse – Hardy





Photos taken 2011