The Clearwater Hat Company is owned and operated by Bob and Kay Burton. Our shop is located in a beautiful valley in the Ozark Mountains about eleven miles west of Mountain View (north central), Arkansas.
The company was originally started in 1988 by Vaughn R. Brewer and his wife Kay. Vaughn had been interested in folklore, muzzle loading, archeology, living history, photography, politics, and storytelling for a number of years.
In the late 1980’s Vaughn and Kay were the recipients of several grants from the National Endowment of the Arts to collect folklore in and around Stone County, Arkansas. The result was an extraordinary collection of photographs and oral interpretations unique to the Ozark mountains.
In 1991 Vaughn passed away doing what he loved best, making hats at a living history event. The burden of running the company then fell to Kay who was pursuing a career as a sixth grade teacher. Trying to juggle these responsibilities proved difficult, but not insurmountable.
In 1992 Kay and Bob Burton met at a living history event held on Kay’s farm on Roasting Ear Creek. In 1994 Bob and Kay were married and it wasn’t long before Bob was making hats and traveling to historical shows with Kay. The company then experienced a revitalization creating award winning historical hats.
Bob had pursued a highly successful career as a hospital administrator and he has a gift for knowing what customers want. During his eighteen years as an administrator, Bob has been awarded a number of honors in innovation, marketing, and strategy.
Kay has also won her share of accolades, with numerous awards and grants, including the National Endowment for the Arts and is a four time winner of the prestigious Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She retired from teaching in 1996 after 25 years.
We believe in offering a quality product, giving exemplary service, and in giving people a good value for their money. We believe in the Christian value of treating others the way we would like to be treated. We believe our faith has sustained and rewarded us. We feel truly blessed with a solid business, great customers and a wonderful family!