The Rose of Sharon Cottage was built around 1887. The town of Eureka Springs began to sprout with several clusters of houses around the mountains which make up the beautiful city today. Early in 1882, Eureka Springs became a “city of the first class” with 5,000 legal residents. It was the fourth largest city in the State of Arkansas at that time. The name “Eureka” is attributed to Burton Saunders, the town founder’s young son, and to Mr. McKay, who had come in search of healing at the popular springs located in this area, and declared “EUREKA” meaning “I have found it”. Today the population just exceeds 2,000.

This cottage was originally built with approximately 1,000 square feet of living space. Today it is just over 3,000 square feet. It survived two major fires around the turn of the century. One of which almost destroyed the house. A reminder of this fire (a large patch) is hidden underneath the carpet in the living room of the main living quarters. The lumber for the house was milled at the saw mill across the street, Perkins Saw Mill, currently an antique store, but houses the original sawmill equipment. The cottage is located on a rock bluff directly above a live spring which flows generously during the winter months of the year. This house was added onto in the early 1900’s and again in 1970’s.

We have three suites; Susan’s Suite Dream, which is the original cottage, with Rosa Mae’s Hideaway, tucked underneath in the early 1900’s and Katy Beth’s Boudoir added in the 1970’s. The cottage has a deck that runs on three sides, each suite with access directly to the deck and plenty of garden area with a waterfall pond and gazebo to share. In the winter months, the Christ of the Ozarks statue is visible from the back deck.

The garden and waterfall with the pond were added in the mid 2000’s for your enjoyment. You can walk to downtown or catch a ride on the trolley, which has a nearby stop. The Rose of Sharon Cottage is in a perfect location to enjoy the town or just sit back and relax to your heart’s content.