Hempstead kicks off bicentennial celebration


Hempstead County, Arkansas is known for its watermelons.  But did you know that it’s also home to four governors?

That’s only a small part of history that will be highlighted this year as the area kicks off festivities for its two hundred year celebration.  

“It was established December 15,1818,” said Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse.  Tuesday, he shared more of the area’s rich history.  “Arkansas didn’t even become a state until 1836, so the county is actually older than the state of Arkansas.  It was home to the state capitol from 1863 to 1865 after Little Rock fell to the Union soldiers during the Civil War,” he said.  

A committee of about eighty people are working to make this year extra special.  Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce President Beckie Moore emphasized that every corner of the county will be included.  “Throughout the townships, it’s very very important too that we want to recognize each individual township.” 

This year, there are several commemorative pieces for sale.  Moore said proceeds will be used to fund events throughout the year.  A big celebration is planned for December 15, 2018, at the courthouse.

For more information, go to www.hempstead200.com

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