White County has a diverse, beautiful landscape from the delta to the east to the foothills in north and west. The only thing more colorful than our landscape is the friends and neighbors who call White County home.
The northwest part of the county is part of the Ozark Mountain foothills and has several small towns for you to call home. The city of Pangburn is well known for its proximity to the Little Red River and its annual 4th of July Celebration. Visit Suzie’s Ice Cream shop for fantastic fried rice or tacos.
Rapidly becoming known in the state as a place to find terrific coffee, the city of Rose Bud is home to RoZark Hills Roasterie, Inc. They roast and grind their own beans on site and have eight signature blends not including espresso. While you’re there, check out the Rambler Café for outstanding steaks. Both cities are served by their own school districts, Pangburn and Rose Bud. The last town in this area is Letona, possibly the only town on earth with the name. No one really knows where the name came from, but the town was founded in 1908.
In the northeast part of the county lies the city of Bald Knob, the third largest city in the county. It is often promoted as "Where the Ozarks meet the Delta." Some of the finest bird watching in the US can be found at Henry Gray/Hurricane Lake Wildlife Refuge and Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge located nearby and after a day of bird watching, be sure to dine at the Bulldog Restaurant. If strawberries are in season, make sure to enjoy one of their famous strawberry shortcakes. Your trip would not be complete without a stop at the train museum.
After the Bradford Allen Railroad Station was built, the town of Bradford was formed. It quickly became a major shipping point for items such as strawberries, grapes, cotton, lumber, and pecans. Both cities have their own school districts. Today it is known for its fine waterfowl hunting and world champion dog trials. You’ll finish your trip on future Interstate 57 by visiting the small, incorporated town of Russell. Their homecoming is held every odd year and invites current and past residents to visit and catch up.
Most of the communities and towns in the central and southeast portions of our county were established based on their proximity to the Little Red and White Rivers. The centrally located town of Judsonia is one such town, resting on the banks of the Little Red River, and was founded in 1840. A great photo opportunity awaits you by visiting the Judsonia bridge. Built in 1924, it is one of three known swing bridges in the state, and the only one with a cantilevered swinging truss.
You can still hear and see the rumblings of trains in Kensett, which had its beginnings in the railroad boom. Born in 1872, the community was named for Thomas Harrison Kensett II, railroad investor. Stop at the country café to enjoy some southern comfort food.
Just on the outskirts of Searcy, you will find the town of Higginson. It was established in 1875.
Beebe is the second largest city in white county. Named for Roswell Beebe, president of the railroad that first ran through White County, it is centrally located near Little Rock and is within minutes of both the Ozarks and the Delta. Its chief industry is education, with Beebe Public Schools and ASU-Beebe being the major employers. While you are there, make sure to plan time to visit their antique stores and flea markets. A short drive away is the city of McRae, which was named for Confederate General Dandridge McRae.
Feel the romance by making the town of Romance your home. Each year their post office receives mail from all over the world, to be post stamped from the Romance, Arkansas Post Office. Your trip would not be complete without a visit to Romance Falls, a beautiful waterfall that the locals know about.
A drive east on Highway 13 will lead you to the town of West Point, a small community that sits on the banks of the Little Red River. A good boat launch is located here. Take a step back in time in the city of Georgetown. Overlooking the totally gorgeous White River, Georgetown is a tiny town with a population of only 126. Founded in 1789, it is also the oldest continuously settled community in Arkansas.
Farther south you will run into the town of Griffithville was established in 1898, and it is believed that the town is named after the Griffith family.
For a list of schools and contact for these community visit www.searcychamber.com