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John W. Shaver House

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1854. W. Main St. at Cammack St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Ralph Wilcox, photographer)

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.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors



Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "John W. Shaver House", [Evening Shade, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 81-81.

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