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There are 75 Counties in the State of Arkansas which vary from the rich Delta farmlands of the Mississippi River valley to the rolling hills and gently sloped mountains of the Ozarks and Ouachitas

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Hempstead County, Arkansas

Hempstead County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Hope
Year Organized: 1818
Square Miles: 729
Court House:

400 S. Washington Street
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Hope, AR 71801-5045

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Hempstead is named for Edward Hempstead, a delegate to the United States Congress from the Missouri Territory. Edward Hempstead (June 3, 1780 – August 10, 1817) was an American lawyer, pioneer, and one of the early settlers in the new Louisiana Purchase in 1805. Born in New London, Connecticut, Hempstead was the delegate in the U.S. House for the Missouri Territory from 1812 to 1814.

Demographics:

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County History

Created in December 15, 1818, from parts of Arkansas County and was named after Edward Hempstead, Missouri Territory's representative to Congress. Hempstead County was one of the first counties organized under the laws of the Territory of Missouri. The landscape is rolling hills. The economy is made up of food processing, poultry and egg production, along with beef cattle, soybeans and fruit. Each summer the Hope Watermelon Festival is held and draws not only local citizens but also hundreds of tourists. The county had two Wildlife Management Areas, Bois D'Arc and Hope, along with Millwood Lake, which features camping, picnicking, and swimming as well as hunting and fishing. The towns of Washington that includes the Old Washington State Park hold lots of history for the county. It was a stopover for Sam Houston and Davy Crockett on their way to Texas and the Alamo. A Washington Blacksmith made Jim Bowie's famous knife and such is still being crafted at the same site. The largest magnolia tree in Arkansas, planted in 1839, grows in Washington. Hope, the county seat is also the hometown of President William Jefferson Clinton where his boyhood home has been restored and is open to the public. Hundreds of visitors pass through this town each year.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Pike County
  • East: Nevada County
  • South: Lafayette County
  • Southwest: Miller County
  • West: Little River County
  • Northwest: Sevier County; Howard County
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