Our History

Our Story

Generations Bank, formerly First Bank, is an Arkansas community bank with ten locations in South and Northwest Arkansas serving the communities and surrounding areas of Bentonville, Camden, East Camden, Hampton, Junction City, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Van Buren, and Fayetteville.  Jon Harrell, Chairman of the Board, represents the fifth generation of the Harrell family to lead the bank.  For 114 years, the Harrell family has served the banking needs of Arkansas families and businesses. The bank recently changed its name from First Bank to Generations Bank to honor the rich history and heritage of the bank and Harrell family, and to recognize the generations of customers they’ve served.


Bentonville branch opens its doors for business
2016 First Bank rebrands to Generations Bank
2016 Cardinal branch closes its doors
2015 Fayetteville branch opens its doors for business
2014 First Bank acquires the Van Buren branch office of First Community Bank of Crawford County
2010  First Bank acquires the Siloam Springs and Rogers branch offices of Signature Bank
2010 Calhoun County Bank changes its name to First Bank
2009 East Camden branch opens its doors for business
2005 First Bank of South Arkansas and Calhoun County Bank join under one charter making First Bank of South Arkansas a division of Calhoun County Bank
1998 First Bank of South Arkansas moved its main office from Junction City to Camden
1996 First Bank of South Arkansas opens a branch inside Mac's Fresh Market, formerly Jade's, in the Cardinal Shopping Center in Camden
1994 First Bank of South Arkansas acquires the branch office of First Financial Savings and Loan in Camden
1993 Calhoun County Bank and First Bank of South Arkansas become sister banks
1953 Calhoun County Bank installs first drive-in teller window in Southern Arkansas
1939 - 1953 Calhoun County Bank is featured in Ripley's Believe it or Not as being the only bank in the nation with a fence built around it
1938 Calhoun County Bank moved from Harrell, Arkansas to Hampton, Arkansas
1907 Calhoun County Bank opens its doors for business