The Independence County Confederate Memorial stands as a proud sentinel in front of the Independence County Courthouse.
Because of its strategic location, Batesville was the headquarters for successive military forces in the region—three Confederate and two Union occupations, punctuated by periods of isolation. Although it was a prosperous trading center before the War Between the States, Batesville was left devastated and poor by the war, taking decades to fully recover.
In front of the Independence County Courthouse, and behind the Confederate Monument, you will find the Independence Bell. It is reminiscent of the Liberty Bell which, according to legend, rang out America's freedom in Philadelphia in 1776.
The Indepencence Bell was manufactured for Independence County's second courthouse, and the first which stood on this site. Since 1859 "This bell summoned citizens to meetings, warned them of danger, and called them to celebrate." Today it continues to symbolize Independence County's proud heritage.
Batesville, is the seat of Independence County, with a total population of 34,233 as of 2000,. It was formed on October 20, 1820 from a portion of Lawrence County and became Arkansas' ninth county. Since that time the county has been subdivided as new counties have been fromed from Independence. The county is named to honor America's Declaration of Independence, and to this day it is the home to a proud and independent-minded people.
The Independence County Courthouse, the best example of Art Deco design in Batesville, was designed by Little Rock's Wittenberg & Deloney firm and built in 1940. It replaced an 1880's vintage High Victorian Gothic structure that burned in 1939.