Counties

Poinsett County

Poinsett County was formed on February 28, 1838, from parts of Greene and St. Francis counties. The county was named for Joel Roberts Poinsett — a diplomat, statesman and competent amateur botanist. The county seat is Harrisburg. The landscape of the county is rich, flat, delta farmland in the east and west and rolling hills in the center of the county. Crowley’s Ridge splits the county. East of the ridge is cotton and soybeans, and west of the ridge is rice. Along the ridge are beef and dairy cattle. The economic base of the county is agriculture. The St. Francis Sunken Lands Wildlife Management Area features hunting on sunken lands that were created by the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811 and 1812, that sank the land between 15 to 20 feet in places, destroying the St. Francis River’s channel and creating the St. Francis swamps and the Sunken Lands. After the earthquakes, the federal government instituted its first “Disaster Relief Fund” by issuing New Madrid Certificates entitling displaced landowners to new acreage in the Louisiana Purchase Territory. Lake Poinsett, Lake Poinsett State Park, Lake Hogue, and Bayou Deview Wildlife Management area all offer fishing, hunting and other water activities. A unique feature of Poinsett County is the sight of one river running under another. The Riverdale Tunnel carries the Buffalo Ditch under the water of the left-hand chute, a branch of the river. The courthouse building is constructed mainly of Bedford stone, although the large columns on the east and west entrances, as well as the other columns and accents, are sandstone. The courtyard is enclosed by evergreen privet shrub. The tower clock has four faces, and the tower-arches and brass trim accents the red tile roof. The date of construction in Roman numerals is inscribed over both entries: MCMXVIII.

401 Market St.
Harrisburg 72432

(870) 578-5333

County Judge
Bobby Cantrell
Phone: (870) 578-0600
Fax: (870) 578-4401
pcjudge@poinsettcounty.us

County Clerk
Teresa Rouse
Phone: (870) 578-4412
Fax: (870) 578-2441
countyclerk@poinsettcounty.us

County Circuit Clerk
Misty Russell
Phone: (870) 578-4420
Fax: (870) 578-4427
mistyr@poinsettcounty.us

County Sheriff
Kevin Molder
Phone: (870) 578-5411
Fax: (870) 578-4417
kevin.molder@poinsettcounty.us

County Treasurer
Tammie Stanford
Phone: (870) 578-4405
Fax: (870) 578-4408
treasurer@poinsettcounty.us

County Collector
Kevin Molder
Phone: (870) 578-4415
Fax: (870) 578-4407
pjharper@poinsettcounty.us

County Assessor
John Hutchison
Phone: (870) 578-4432
Fax: (870) 578-4429
hutch@poinsettcounty.us

County Coroner
F.P. Davis
Phone: (870) 578-5270
Fax: (870) 578-2116
harrisburgpd2002@yahoo.com

Justices of the Peace
Randy Jones, Elizaabeth Schwarz, Carmack Sanders, J.C. Carter, Gary Anderson, Gene Terry, Donnie Taylor, Jeffrey Jones, Jerry Carter, Larry Steakley, Harold Blackwood

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