Malvern was laid out in 1870 by the railroad Cairo & Fulton. And only eight years later in 1878 Malvern took over the role as County seat of Hot Springs County from Rockport. At this time the residents of Hot Springs County were Native Americans, Hunters and trappers, farmers and a couple of criminals from the other side of the MIssissippi.The first businesses in Malvern were dry goods stores, a ten cents store and a saloon. Due to some shootings in the Malvern Saloon the town got a reputation of being rough and unpleasant but Malvern still managed to grow. The area had natural resources like wood and minerals. The Residents of Malvern also made a living off of manufacturing and livestock.
Malvern is named after Malvern Hills in Virginia.