White County Courthouse in 1903
White County, Arkansas
White County Historical Society

Society Publications

Send orders, information or inquiries to White County Historical Society, P.O. Box 537, Searcy, AR 72145.

White County Vittles, Our fourth book is a collection of 350 down-home recipes and stories, is available for $10, or, if to be mailed, $15.00.The cover photo shows an outdoor birthday party beside a country road at Romance in the mid-1930s. Each of the ten sections begins with a black-and-white photo from White County.A few goodies you will find include a recipe for homemade mayonnaise from Wilma Tomlinson McPhail of Judsonia, one she learned to make in home economics class at McRae High School; a recipe for Hoppin’ John from Pat Best, which should be eaten on New Year’s Day for good luck; several recipes from old Searcy Citizen newspapers; a couple from an old “Book of Desserts” by Mrs. W. H. Wilson, provided by Mrs. Mary Reynolds of North Little Rock. A few “not so cookable” recipes are included (for fun) such as “Dewey’s Elephant Stew” from Dewey Spencer of Judsonia.

“White County Cookin’”  is full of old pictures, stories and more than 300 family recipes with roots that run deep in our local soil.   It’s a great gift and a must for your cookbook collection.   You can  pick up a copy for $15 at Historical Society meetings and other outlets in the Searcy area, or for $18.00 by mail by writing WCHS, P.O. Box 537, Searcy, AR 72145.



 White County's Cookin' Again is the perfect companion to White County Cookin' and both are excellent as gifts.  Either cookbook may be purchased for $10 at WCHS meetings.  Mail orders add $3.50 for postage.  Send order and check to WCHS, P.O. Box 537, Searcy, AR 72145.




“Guardian of the Memories: Searcy.” Dr. Frank W. Brown, 2007. Award-winning collection of memories of a young man growing up in rural White County who goes from illiteracy and poverty to becoming a scholar and physician. Paperback, 172 pages, 6x9. $23.50 postage paid.



Cover of A Severe and Bloddy FightA Severe and Bloody Fight, The Battle of Whitney’s Lane & Military Occupation of White County, Arkansas, May & June, 1862. Scott H. Akridge and Emmett E. Powers, 1996. Perfect bind, 168 pages. $17.50 postage paid. $15.50 for each additional book.

Chips from the wood yard

Chips From The Wood Yard,  is a collection of true stories written by the late Adele Meacham Wood of Little Red.This award-winning book was produced by Mrs. Wood’s daughters, Mariola Payne of Dover, Arkansas, and Laquita Kent of Washington, DC. It may be ordered for $25 postage paid from Mariola Payne, 1259 Terra Villa Road, Dover, AR 72837. There are 52 stories, 59 old photographs and 207 pages in the book.

A Humorous History of White County. Claude Johnson, 2006 reprint. Written by a former president of the White County Historical Society in 1976 and out of print for several years, this rare history has been reprinted with some 20 old photographs added. Pioneer customs, stories, lists and statistics. Perfect bind, 152 pages. $17.50 postage paid.

Humorous History Index

Send membership dues, orders or inquiries to White County Historical Society, P.O. Box 537, Searcy, AR 72145.