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Fairgrounds (Poor House-Fairgrounds) Cemetery
White County,
Arkansas

*County Farm Cemetery.
Searcy, AR

This Cemetery is also known as: Fairgrounds Cemetery

Legal description: SE, NW, SW, Sect. 1, T7N, R7W
GPS Location: 617206-3902024
Arkansas Archeological Survey site #: 3WH0615


Photo by Gerald Torrence

Gerald Torrence of the White County Historical Society first recorded this cemetery on July 27, 2001. He had heard stories from White County employees about the “poor house cemetery” located at the White County Fairgrounds and how the graves had disappeared over the years. Only two tombstones remain. In an article in the Searcy Sun February 9, 2006, Leroy Blair of the White County Historical Society wrote, “Where the White County Fairground is presently located, there was a place called the Poor Folks Home. I have traced its operation from 1859 to 1972. People who were poor or handicapped lived there. The people who died at the home and others were buried in a cemetery that was located about where the livestock display building is now located at the fairgrounds. The cemetery was called the County Farm Cemetery. I have been told that there may have been more than 200 hundred graves in the cemetery. Most were not marked. According to fair personnel there were two graves with tombstones – Charles Wilson and C.R. Wright. The two tombstones were moved up the hill near to the country garage. In going over death records in the county I have been able to find the names of some more people who were buried in the County Farm Cemetery. I was told that at least one grave was moved to Oak Grove Cemetery on Moore Street in Searcy. What became of the other hundred or so graves – were they moved to other cemeteries or are they still at the fairgrounds unmarked?”
If you have corrections or additions to this list or other information on this Cemetery, Contact the White County Historical Society, P.O. Box 537, Searcy, AR 72145. Or phone 501-278-5010 or Email Leroy “Lee” Blair at lblblair74@gmail.com
Following is a list of known burials in this cemetery.

Wilson, Charles – July 11, 1909 – May 7, 1941 – County Farm Cemetery, Searcy, AR

Wright, C.R. – August 15, 1849 – December 23, 1914 – County Farm Cemetery, Searcy, AR

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Contributed on 12/4/21 by hawkinsdonna48
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Submitted: 12/4/21 • Approved: 12/4/21 • Last Updated: 12/7/21 • R1404423-G0-S3

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