About This Place
Gentry is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 3,158 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Fayetteville–Springdale–Rogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Gentry began as a rural Ozark agricultural community named Orchard City. Located in Western Benton County, it was known for its apple orchards and other produce. The town began to grow when the Kansas City Southern Railroad constructed a railroad through the town. In 1894, residents of the community petitioned the county to officially incorporate, and the city's name was changed to Gentry, after an official in charge of the construction of the railroad.
The railroad proved important to Gentry and by 1903 the town had grown to a population of 1,000.