Freda Cruse Hardison

Studio 6

1003 Sunset Valley Drive
Mountain View, AR 72560

 Freda’s writing centers on the history of Stone County—the places and the people.  She was recognized for this work receiving the 2017 Arkansas Arts Council Governors’ Award in Folk Life for her body of work contributing to the preservation of and representation of Arkansas life and history including the Historical Driving Tour and 3 books—Voices of our People, Places of Our People, and Frank and Jesse James: Friends and Family. Freda says: “People are referred to me mostly by word of mouth, the elders of our community and the Ozarks, ages 85-106; spending sometimes days with them I interview and in some cases audio tape and/or video their telling of stories about the people and places of the Ozarks. These stories were the basis of Voices of Our People, the places they told about became Places of Our People. While doing the research for those books people told me “I don’t know if its true or not, but we have a Jesse James story”. After years of collecting those the verification process became that of doing complete genealogy of the individual to determine the likelihood of their ancestor actually having had contact with the James brothers, which led to additional interviews and research in multiple libraries, museums plus sorting through hundreds of newspaper archives, resulting in Frank and Jesse James: Friends and Family which was called “the most accurate depiction of Civil War in the White River Valley of Arkansas”

Directions to

Freda Cruse Hardison

From the Junction of 5, 9, 14 at Sylamore/ Anglers Restaurant—continue on Highway 5 North 3.5 miles to the first paved road Sunset Valley, turn right, come 1 mile on paved road to 1003 Sunset Valley Road on the right.