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Self-Guided Tour of Bentonsport: Pick up the self-guided tour booklet and follow the map to view homes, commercial buildings, churches, cemeteries, and other historic sites.
Villages Folk School: The Villages Folk School provides learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the eleven historic Villages of Van Buren County. Classes are held in peaceful rural settings so students can return to a simpler time and witness the importance of the artisan in village life.
Some of the unique classes range from Blacksmith, Glass Blowing, Letterpress Printing, Pottery, Rug Weaving, and Soap Making to Spinning Natural Fibers. A few of the highly sought after classes include Pastels, Sculpting Figures, Plein Air Painting and Stained Glass. villagesfolkschool.com/
Rose Garden: Stroll through our beautiful Rose Garden that is set within the historic mill foundation. The garden features heritage roses, perennials and a water garden stocked with Koi fish.
Indian Artifact Museum: This unique museum contains over 4,000 Indian artifacts and arrowheads found in the Tri-County area. Tony Sanders, the artist, has cut and designed the artifacts that are displayed on frames of various types of wood. The museum is a work of art and a “must see.” Open weekends or by chance or call (319) 592-3579 for an appointment. Free will donations are accepted.
The Stone House, A Community Meeting Place: The restored Stone House was built in the 1850s and its restoration was completed in May 2014. It is available for receptions, family gatherings, meetings, classes and other social gatherings. The building will accommodate 50-80 people. For information and reservations contact Iron & Lace at (319) 592-3222.
Historic Presbyterian Church: Sunday services (informal and non-denominational) are held at 9:00 am starting June 6 through August 28. For special events and weddings call (319) 592-3222.
Historic Iron Truss Bridge: The bridge was built in 1883 for horse and buggy use and is now used as a foot bridge. It is one of the oldest and longest bridges across the Des Moines River.
Bentonsport Trails: Explore three miles of walking trails in the historic district through forest, prairie and village. Bentonsport's boat ramp is a stop on the Lower Des Moines River Trail.