Poinsett County 175th Anniversary is Thursday

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Incorporated in 1838, Poinsett County will celebrate its 175th Anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 28.

A special program highlighting the heritage and history of Poinsett County will be presented at 10 a.m. at the Harrisburg High School Center for the Arts, located on Arkansas Highway 1 in Harrisburg.

In 1838, Governor James Sevier Conway, the first State Governor, approved by act of the Legislature to create Poinsett County.

The county was named after Joel R. Poinsett, Secretary of War under the Administration of President Martin Van Buren. Joel Poinsett, a native of Charleston, S.C., was an eminent statesman, scientist, and botanist.

Joel Poinsett is credited with the development and introduction to American Horticulture a plant from Mexico that is now known as the poinsettia.

The public is invited to come and learn about the early history of Poinsett County and its people with a special program that will entertain, educate, and promote the county's rich history and heritage.

For more information, contact the Poinsett County Judge's Office at 870-578-5333.

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