Van Buren County

(84 miles to Tassel Ridge Winery)

Bentonsport National Historical District

Bentonsport is a small Iowa village on the Des Moines River was once an important port-of-call for Des Moines River steamers. Tree-covered hills hem in the little valley in which Bentonsport lies; and from Vernon, across the river, only the spires of the two white churches and a few houses along the shore are visible. At one time, the town had a population of over 500 residents. Explore the ruins of old mills along the Des Moines River, stroll across a century-old iron bridge, or just sit on the riverbank and imagine the sight of a steamboat comin’ round the bend. Treasures await specialty shops, watch the shopkeepers as they work at their crafts. Enjoy some delicious fudge, go hiking or canoeing, and spend the night at the 1846 bed and breakfast. Festivals and other special events are held often, including musical entertainment and hands-on educational experiences.


Villages of Van Buren County

A unique historical cluster of towns in Van Buren County in Southeast Iowa, the Villages of Van Buren consists of Birmingham, Bentonsport, Bonaparte, Cantril, Douds, Farmington, Keosauqua, Lebanon, Milton, Mt. Sterling, Selma and Stockport. There are no fast food restaurants and not a single stoplight to alter the ambience the county prides itself on. The peace and tranquility of small town life offers the opportunity to enjoy the season to the fullest, with shopping, lodging, food and drink, National Historic Sites, Lodging, Parks and Lakes. One of only nine Iowa locations listed in the best-selling book “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” in the U.S. and Canada. Experience the Villages of Van Buren … a world left untouched by time.

902 4th St. (old courthouse)
Keosauqua, IA 52565