Rough and Ready Cemetery
Graves from the first settlement in Drew County include some of Confederate soldiers. Early records show that the westward migration to Arkansas began long before Drew County was established. Stephen Gaster settled on Bayou Bartholomew in 1832, and as this area became populated, new immigrants moved into the hill country of Drew County, known now as the Monticello Ridge. The first village in this hill area was Rough and Ready, located adjacent to the cemetery, one mile south of present-day Monticello . The first court proceedings were held here also. Rough and Ready was the logical site for the county seat since it was situated on a broad-topped hill of approximately ten acres, much like a plateau, breaking off into sharp ravines on the north and west, and merging with other elevations on the south and east. The last Civil War skirmish in Arkansas took place at Rough and Ready Hill in May 1865, a few weeks after Lee's surrender at Appomattox.