Evening Shade is the oldest community in Sharp County and has its origins in a gristmill Captain James Thompson built in 1817 on Mill Creek, a tributary of the White River. The last quarter of the nineteenth century was the town’s period of peak prosperity, and after the railroad bypassed Evening Shade, it began a slow but steady commercial decline. This house, built by one of first permanent residents, a fur trader, is the oldest surviving dwelling in the town. It is a brick building, one-and-a-half-stories in height, with two prominent front gables and a central hall. Diagonally opposite on the south side of W. Main is the two-story wooden house built c. 1870 by Polk Jones, but known by its longtime owner Claude Coger, editor and publisher of the Sharp County Record. The central-hall house, with a one-story front porch, has its entrance flanked by wide sidelights and a large fanlight.
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John W. Shaver House
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