The creeks and streams that attract visitors to Stone County and the Mountain View area today are the same ones that provided a sourced of water for the fertile farmland carved out by the pioneers. Prior to settlement Stone County was part of the Osage American Indian hunting grounds which is apparent through the artifacts still found near springs, creeks and along the White River. Between 1817 and 1828 the area west of the White River, including Mountain View was designated as a Cherokee Reservation. Pioneer settlers began moving into the county by 1830 and the county was officially established in 1873. Although many men left their homes to join the Civil War effort there was very little war action in the county with the exception of a few Confederate hit-and-run attacks on Union troops throughout the war.
The first pioneers to settle the area made their homes along the bottom lands of the White River and slowly entered the rugged interior by way of its tributaries. They ventured into the hardwood forests practicing subsistence farming along the many creeks and streams in the “hollers.” Larger row crop farmers operated in the eastern and central sections of the county, and farms which specialized in orchards and livestock slowly took shape.
Today the agriculture roots of the area are still apparent. A drive through the winding country roads reveals rolling farmlands dotted with poultry houses and small herds of cattle.
Residents of the county work to preserve their heritage and many old-time practices are still used in everyday living today. Homemakers take pride in their home canned vegetables and fruits, quilting and other needle work. Builders take pride in handmade furniture and artisans in crafts perfected by old techniques.
Home to the famous Blanchard Springs Caverns and the Ozark Folk Center, the area is widely known as a cultural center of music and crafts/arts associated with the Ozark Mountain region. The area abounds with local attractions including music and comedy shows, dancing, folk music, music instrument workshops, craft and art shows, camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, antique shopping, and even tree top adventures. You can find festivals of all types including music, rodeos, car shows, motorcycle rallies, and of course our world famous Bean Festival complete with Outhouse racing in October and our spring Folk Festival in April.
The surrounding Ozark National Forest, teaming with wildlife, offers four complete seasons with stunning landscape scenery year round providing great opportunities for bird watching, photography or just some solitude with nature. The White River offers world class trout fishing and the 50 mile Syllamo Mountain Bike trail is ranked within the top 20 bike trails in the United States as an epic trail.
In town you will find plenty of hotels and bed and breakfasts to accommodate the most finicky traveler along with RV parks and primitive campgrounds for the more adventurists. Enjoy Mountain View’s slower pace and spend some time shopping on the Court House Square. You will find friendly folks along with many special treasures at all the quaint shops around the square. You may even want to stop and spend some time listening to some of the local musicians playing and singing at the Picking Park.
Whatever your reason for visiting Stone County and Mountain View you are sure to find something to satisfy everyone’s taste.