Welcome to the homepage of the Newton County Historical Society. The offices of the Historical Society are located inside the Bradley House Museum, which is operated by the Historical Society.  We hope you enjoy our website! Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook by searching for the Newton County Historical Society.

Many folks visit Jasper, Arkansas to float the Buffalo River, see the sites, go hiking, view the Elk, or to visit the Bradley House Museum to search their family tree in the museum’s genealogical library. Our library includes: census records for Newton and surrounding counties, marriage records dating back to 1866 - in some cases earlier; cemetery records, and donated family histories.  Our research materials and books are for on-site use only and can't be checked out.

Our office manager is always willing to help anyone research their Newton County roots.

Several books about Newton County are for sale on this web site and in the gift shop inside Bradley House Museum in Jasper, AR.  A listing of available books is on the “Books for Sale” tab on the left side of this page.  There is also a tab for Newton County stories, some of which have been published in the Historical Society's Newton County Homestead newsletter.

The C. C. Madewell Store in Parthenon,
Newton County, Arkansas
Tidbit about the History of Newton County.

When Newton County was formed in December of 1842 from Carroll county,  the temporary seat of county government was to be at the home of John Bellah near the mouth of Shop Creek or what is now known as Parthenon.   In 1843, the county seat was established at Jasper, where it has remained every since.