Area Information


Greenfield, the seat of Dade County, is a town where gracious living is a way of life. It's just a few miles north of Interstate 44 on US Highway 160 and State Highways 39 and 97. The Greenfield area offers a balance of up-to-date advantages and old-fashioned charm. Our moderate 4-season climate keeps things pleasant year-round. Plan to spend some time around Greenfield, we know you'll want to stay!

Dade County was organized in 1841, from Barry and Polk counties, and named for Francis L. Dade, a pioneer settler.

The log cabin home of William Penn on Pennsylvania Prairie provided the location for the first courts of Dade County, but the permanent county seat was to be located within 4 miles of the center of the county.

The first courthouse was built in Greenfield in 1842. Dozier C. Gill built a second brick 2-story courthouse on the public square in 1850.

Public schools in Greenfield include Greenfield Elementary and Greenfield High School. Serving area higher education needs are Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Ozarks Technical Community College, Drury University, Southwest Missouri State University, Missouri Southern State College, Pittsburg State University and Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, AR.


Hospitals and medical centers in the area include the Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Barton County Memorial Hospital and Cedar County Memorial Hospital.

Hulston Mill Historical Park is in the growing Stockton Lake recreational area. Limited development of the park has included moving the historic pre-Civil War Hulston Grist Mill to the site designated for the historic village. The mill and the historic village will serve as focal points in the park.

Stockton Lake is within 3 miles of Greenfield and offers great fishing, boating, camping and duck hunting. Public swimming beaches have been constructed and scuba diving is permitted. Stocked with millions of fish in recent years, Stockton Lake attracts anglers from miles around with its legendary catches of bass, northern pike, walleye, crappie, bluegill and channel catfish. The project land also teems with wild game that includes white-tailed deer, quail, squirrels, mourning doves, raccoon, rabbits and fox. There's also good duck, geese and wild turkey hunting.