settler to the area was Benjamin Crowley of Kentucky who arrived in
1821 and established a home about 12 miles west of Paragould.
Greene County was formed on November 5, 1833 out of portions of
Lawrence County, Arkansas
and contained portions of present
in 1859, and
in 1873. The county was named after
Revolutionary War hero Nathaniel Greene. The original county seat
was in Benjamin Crowley's home. By 1836 when Arkansas became a
State, the county seat was located at a settlement called "Paris."
1848, a national highway was put through and the county seat was
moved to the community of Gainesville, Arkansas which had a
reputation as a relatively lawless town. The county seat remained
there until 1883 when it was moved to the new town of
The residents of Gainesville opposed the move and it is reported
that shots were fired and tempers were high. A new court house was
built in 1888 and the building still survives in downtown Paragould.
A new court house was built in 1996 at 320 West Court Street.
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