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From Downtown main street, uptown arts and close-to-town nature.

Let Searcy surprise you!

Welcome to the City of Searcy, where warm friendly smiles and greetings are as frequent as the sunshine. Searcy is a vibrant thriving city with a mixture of parks, lush green forest, art, culture, history, sports, and education nestled in the neighborhood of the Little Red River. We invite you to visit our city. Stop into our Courthouse in the newly revitalized Main Street District and say hello. You’ll be standing in one of the oldest working courthouses in the United States. Visit our Chamber of Commerce and let them tell you a story or two. And if you’re looking for a new community to call home, Searcy may be the unexpected surprise you’re looking for. Welcome.

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KATHY LIGHTLE Animal Lover Cardiology Patient Grandmother Searcy Neighbor

Welcome . . . . . . . . . 1 Make a Day of It . . . 2-3 City Map . . . . . . . . 4-5 History of Searcy . . . 6-7 City Adventures . . . . 8-9 Outdoor Adventures . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 Arts & History . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13

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HOSPITALS • CLINICS • SPECIALISTS We are friends, neighbors and caregivers. Together, we share a common bond. We love our community and those who make it what it is. Bonus Video

Little Red River Foldout Map . . . . 14-16 Main Street Revolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Local Retail . . . . . 18-19 Festivals . . . . . . . 20-21 Driving Tour . . . . . 22-23 Events . . . . . . . . 26-27 Facilities & Services . . . . . . . . . . . 29-30

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Greers Ferry Lake & Little Red River Tourism Association Photography by: Sandra Parham Turner (Cover), Al Fowler, Arkansas Parks and Tourism, Dewayne LaForce, Jeff Montgomery, Michelle Rohlman, and Tara Cathey. This brochure was paid for with a combination of state funds and private regional association funds. © Greers Ferry Lake & Little Red River. All Rights Reserved. Printed in the USA | 7,500 | 05/2019


Make a Day of It

Take an Adventure Cast your line or kayak down the cool waters of the Little Red River. Take a ‘Walk Through History’ tour, or stroll the fountains and flowers of Harding University campus. (See pages 8-11)

Downtown Treasures Charming brick walkways invite you to explore this quaint downtown, with stained-glass art, unique boutiques, cafes and coffee houses, treasure seeking vintage markets, and an abundant farmer’s market. (See pages 18-20)

Always Entertaining If you’re looking for hometown ‘feel good’ performances with uptown high-stepping reviews – grab your seat! Musicals, dinner theater, art galleries and handmade goodness abounds. (See page 12-13)







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Founded in 1838, Searcy has more than 170 years of rich history waiting to be discovered.

Founded in 1838, Searcy has always been a hub for family, new opportunity and a vibrant life. With abundant waterway access, steamboats carried pioneers and entrepreneurs who quickly called the city home. Named after Tennessee native and Arkansas pioneer, Richard Searcy, the town has roots from across the early U.S. In fact, city architect Israel Moore designed the community with the street names reflecting his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Through periods of economic downturn, and a couple of riverboat battles during the Civil War on the Little Red River, Searcy saw its fair share of trials and tribulation. Always resilient, Searcy quickly became a diverse economic nucleus for industry, agriculture, education and healthcare. Searcy is home to Harding University, which has been an integral part of the community since its origins as Galloway Women’s College in 1889, and today is home to more than 6,000 students from 50 states and 54 foreign countries. More than 170 years later, Searcy remains a symbol of family, faith and freedom. The city continues to thrive and welcome people from all corners of the world.



the stage – for your Searcy visit

with adventures in the city. Don’t miss the historic White County Courthouse, fly a kite in BerryHill Park or stroll the stunning Harding University campus.

Find unique city adventures while uncovering the story of Searcy.

HISTORIC HARDING UNIVERSITY Begin at the front-lawn fountain, and stroll around the beautiful campus with origins from the late 1800s. Be greeted by a myriad of flowers and captivating landscape design, unique architecture and plenty of history at the campus that greets students from 54 countries around the world.

Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology – With more than 100 artifacts displayed, the museum can be a resource for students to provide context and a better understanding of their biblical studies. The museum showcases items such as storage jars, perfume bottles, coins, weapons, wine skins and other artifacts from daily life in the ancient world. Other displays include excavation tools, and a timeline from 2000 B.C. to 700 A.D.

Take the fun indoors – Continue your adventure indoors at Searcy Skate, Super Bowl, Zion Rock Climbing Gym or the Searcy Swim Center for family-friendly fun.


Spring Park is a quiet oasis in the middle of historic downtown Searcy. Developed around the white sulphur springs and known as a health resort, the original town plot, including the park, was donated to the public in 1880. BERRYHILL PARK The Greens are Calling


Berryhill Park with a morning run on the lighted trail. Take to the tennis courts, volleyball pit and softball field for exciting competition. Pack a picnic basket and take advantage of the seven acres of luscious green grass.



Hiking and Biking – Hike

6 miles of trails showcasing boulders, cliffs, river views and river access at Riverside Park! Pack a picnic, take a board game break at the pavilions and relax in the sunshine. Feeling more adventurous? Try the Lercher 15 trails. This family-owned trail system features 17 miles of mountain biking/hiking trails. Daily and annual rates, the ranch features a break room, hot showers, picnic areas and a bike wash station.


Barnett –

Formerly known as White County Lake, Lake Barnett is one of the AGFC’s most picturesque fishing spots. This serpentine lake winds for nearly 3 miles through forested hills, with rock bluffs and ledges that tower over much of the shoreline. The lake is the perfect place for kayaking, canoeing and fishing.

GRAB YOUR GEAR Places to Play

Discover volleyball, disc golf, baseball and softball fields at Harding’s intramural fields. A perfect place for a competitive round of whiffle ball or flag football. If the greens are calling, head over to River Oaks Golf Course for a morning round.

Get outside! go kayaking or explore a biking/hiking trail to uncover the adventurous you!


The Little Red River’s cool, trout-filled waters run right through Searcy. Make a trip downtown to Beyond Boundaries Outdoor and Adventure, a locally-owned outdoor store, and find the perfect kayak to help you snag some well-awaited water time or even a feisty rainbow trout. There are several access points, the nearest being Riverside Road, Ramsey Access and Dripping Springs Bald Knob.


TAKE THE STAGE! Visual and Performing Arts

The always-entertaining Center on the Square and Searcy Summer Dinner Theater offer dinner theater shows, musicals and performances using local talent. Encore! Each Easter weekend, more than 12,000 people flock to Searcy for Harding University’s annual Spring Sing musical. The all-around-feel-good performances are produced and performed by students in social clubs, hosts, hostesses and ensemble.

Take a step back in time – The historic Rialto movie theater was built in the 1920’s and renovated in 1940. This Art Deco beauty is on the National Register of Historic Places and still shows movies daily and features weekly matinées.


Village – Step into a living

village, recreated as an 1800’s settlement, with items of historic interest gathered from across White County. Visit one of their three seasonal festivals a year.

YES, it’s a cozy town, but “WOW” is what you’ll be saying. Lively, authentic and creative works abound.

THE BLACK HOUSE Award-Winning and Awe-Inspiring


historic, Victorian-style Black House – a piece of art in itself – is home to the Black House Art Gallery with six major exhibits a year. Built in 1858, the house holds original furnishings and stunning woodwork with plenty stories to share. The gallery’s gift shop showcases local hand-made jewelry, woodcarvings, watercolor paintings and more.

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Downtown Eats – Start your morning


WINNER OF SEASON 4 Searcy has had a lot to celebrate this year after winning Season 4 of the Small Business Revolution Main Street Competition. The win will make Searcy and six local businesses the focus of the streaming series’ upcoming season four, as well as the recipient of $500,000. Small Business Revolution is a reality show starring Amanda Brinkman, Ty Pennington and experts from small-business marketing company Deluxe Corporation. In the show, Brinkman, Pennington and their team work with a different small town each season, providing marketing advice and other support to business owners in that community. The race to become the top choice for this season’s show began in the fall of 2018, when roughly 12,000 nominations were put forward. After a nationwide vote, Searcy was chosen. The businesses that were selected include: ARganic Woodwork, El Mercado Cavadas-Ethnic Grocery Store, NoomaLife, Savor + Sip, Wilma's Filipino Restaurant and Zion Climbing Center. Each will be featured in an episode of the show.

with a home-cooked breakfast at The Cookie Basket. Save room for a tasty lunch at Burrito Day or Daisy’s Lunch Box and ask about their homemade cinnamon rolls.


Searcy’s cafes, boutiques, and vintage markets are a favorite for locals and are bound to be some of your favorites, too.

Flawless Latte – A caffeine

boost is just what you need to keep up with your Searcy to-do list. Try Stews Brew, Savor + Sip, or Kibo Midnight Oil offers a traditional coffeehouse atmosphere with a meaningful mission. Their profits relieve poverty-stricken communities in East Africa.

Pull up a chair to enjoy a class – Take a break at Wellspring Spa and Yoga Studio. Head downtown for a class in stained glass art at Glass from the Past or try your hand at The Artistry.

LOVE LOCAL? Antiques and Boutiques

Looking for once-in-a-lifetime gems that reflect Searcy’s story? – Wonderflea Made, Freeway Emporium, The Monk’s Habit Antique Shoppe and The Bees Knees are some of the area’s most popular vintage markets and won’t disappoint.

In search of something more modern and adventurous? –


Searcy – Finding a family

favorite for dinner is easy at Rock House Grill or Whole Hog BBQ. Looking for a taste of a different culture? Fuji’s Steak House, Venezia’s Italian Grill, El Almacen, Whilma’s Filipino Restaurant and Greek House please any worldly tastes.

To watch, tune in this fall on HULU or visit

Chasing Poppies Hays 2, H & S, Sunrise Outfitters and Soul Mates Boutique boast unique collections for all occasions! You’re sure to find your new go-to tee and become part of the community fabric. Nothing better than local service, local shopping and local love.



& Eats – This Main Street

family-friendly festival celebrates all things local and loved. Held one Saturday a month on the courthouse square, enjoy local music, food, and unique creative in art, woodwork, painting, upcycled and vintage treasures.


Searcy celebrates our love for Arts with festivals our downtown arts district is

always brimming with excitement.

Down, Downtown Festival –

The Searcy Get Down Downtown is a free, fun-filled family event featuring musicians and artists from throughout the Mid-South. The weekend event is centered around the historic court square with a children’s area located in Spring Park that includes inflatables, games, rides and kid friendly entertainment. The event is held the last week in September.





Searcy transforms into a special place during this time of year. The city parks, court square, local businesses and Harding University are a glow with the holiday spirit from Thanksgiving until after New Year’s. The festival kicks off with a lighting ceremony that concludes with the opening of the ice skating rink located in historic Spring Park. A favorite of the young and old alike, the Searcy Christmas Parade features lighted floats, animals and cars. And what Christmas would be complete without a visit with Santa at the Santa Hut located on the Square.

ART ALLEY & Downtown Art Projects


Think ART Project is

turning our downtown area into an Art’s District. Art Alley has turned a downtown alleyway eyesore into a creative destination. You can walk the alley anytime, however one Friday night a month the Art Alley comes to life with local artist, musicians, and food vendors. Make plans to come out to watch the artists paint live, eat, listen and hang out with friends and family. You can also walk the downtown area and view one of the six downtown murals including the White County Title Building, Quattlebaum Music Mural, Veteran’s Mural, WC Assessors Historical mural, Bliss Salon’s Angel Wings and Wild Sweet William’s Mural. Two more are planned and if that isn’t enough, take a turn making some music on one of downtown’s painted pianos.

Smyrna Church Hwy 36 & Jaybird Lane The oldest church building in Arkansas, the Methodist Church was founded in 1856 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Spring Park 113 E. Pleasure Ave. See Page 9

Spring Park

Smyrna Church

Donated to the public in 1880, the park was developed around the white sulphur springs and known as a health resort.

White County Courthouse 300 North Spruce Street The 1871 Courthouse, the oldest Arkansas courthouse still being used for its original purpose, houses an 1855 clock tower bell resembling the Liberty Bell.

White County Courthouse

Rialto Theater

Rialto Theater 100 W. Race See Page 12 This 1923 movie theatre landmark was renovated in amazing art deco style with 1940’s neon lighting. One of a few historic theaters showing films daily.

Black House 300 E. Race See Page 13

Black House

The historic Victorian-style Black House is a piece of art itself, holding original furnishings, woodwork and presents the Searcy Art Galley exhibits as well.

Oak Grove Cemetery 601 E. Moore Ave

Oak Grove Cemetery

Oak Grove is a cultural and historical cemetery, established in 1889. The confederate civil war general Dandridge McRae is buried here.

Pioneer Village 1200 Higginson St See Page 20

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Pioneer Village

This recreated 19th-century village features a log house, little red school, post office, smokehouse, barn and blacksmith shop.


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Junior Auxiliary of Searcy Charity Ball

Chairman’s Memorial Golf Tournament

White County Fair Davis Drive

Pioneer Village Open House 1200 Higginson Street


Classics & Antiques on the Square Court Square

Get Down, Downtown Music Festival Court Square

Holiday of Lights Festival Begins City Wide

Beat’s & Eats Music Festival Main Street Parking Lot


The Living Nativity Benton Ave

Harding University’s Spring Sing Event Benson Auditorium on the Harding University Campus Annual Glow Run 5K



Beat’s & Eats Music Festival Main Street Parking Lot

Pioneer Village Open House 1200 Higginson Street

White County Business EXPO

65 Roses Bike Tour City Wide Arkansas Special Olympics State Competition Harding University Campus

AUGUST Beat’s & Eats Music Festival Main Street Parking Lot

Welcome to our Community

Bison Stampede 5K Beat’s & Eats Music Festival Main Street Parking Lot

DECEMBER The Living Nativity Benton Ave Pioneer Village Old Fashion Christmas 1200 Higginson Street

Trick or Treat on the Square Court Square

NOVEMBER Beat’s & Eats Music Festival Main Street Parking Lot

Beat’s & Eats Music Festival New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Main Street Parking Lot


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Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce 2323 S. Main St Searcy, AR 72143 (501)268-2458

AgHeritage Farm Credit Services 2620 South Main Street Searcy, AR 72143 (501)268-3524 First Community Bank 2401 West Beebe-Capps Searcy, AR 72143 (501) 207-6000

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce 2323 S. Main St Searcy, AR 72143 (501)268-2458

First Security Bank 314 North Spring Searcy, AR 72145 (501)279-3400 RiverWind Bank 411 Hartsfield Drive Searcy, AR 72143 (501) 278-3082

EDUCATION Harding University 901 E Market Ave Searcy, AR 72143


2323 South Main . Searcy AR 72143 (501) 268-2458 or

Astrid Rose Event Center 411 Llama Dr Searcy, AR 72143 (501)368-8279

GOLF River Oaks Golf Club of Searcy, LLC 1 Golf Course Drive Searcy, AR 72143 (501)279-4653

HEALTH CARE SERVICES Unity Health 3214 East Race Street Searcy, AR 72143 (501) 268-6121

HOTELS Best Western Plus Searcy Inn 501 Willow Street Searcy, AR 72143 (501) 279-9191 Hampton Inn Searcy 209 South Poplar St. Searcy, AR 72143 (501) 278-9922

RESTAURANTS Daisey’s Lunch Box 311 North Spruce Searcy, AR 72143 (501) 281-0927

RETAIL Greenway Equipment 1601 Wilbur D Mills Kensett, AR 72082 (501) 742-3373 RV Fog Doctor 2210 Dodge Avenue Searcy, AR 72143 (501) 278-3015 Sowell’s Furniture 207 West Arch Street Searcy, AR 72143 (501) 268-8100

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Searcy Visitors Guide  

Welcome to Searcy, where you'll find an unexpected surprise around every corner.

Searcy Visitors Guide  

Welcome to Searcy, where you'll find an unexpected surprise around every corner.