Villages of Van Buren

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On a visit to the Villages of Van Buren you won’t find a stop light, but you may see Amish buggies tied up at the hitching posts.  You’ll also find plenty of specialty shops, artisans, outdoor adventures and unique dining.  Take a step back in time for a relaxing and memorable experience.

For assistance in booking a tour to the Villages of Van Buren, contact Stacey Reese at 800.868.7822 or info@villagesofvanburen.com.
This itinerary features the following:
• Dutchman’s Store
• Lunch at an Amish Home
• Lacey Keosauqua State Park
• In dian Artifact Museum
• Greef General Store
• Iron and Lace
• Bonaparte Pottery
• Addie Mae’s Fudge Shop
• Amish bakery – Sunrise Bakery
• Amish Produce Stand
• Amish Greenhouse – Lengacher’s Greenhouse
This is just a sampling of activities in Iowa.   To learn more about Iowa’s opportunities, contact Colleen Murphy at 515.725.3089 or colleen.murphy@iowa.gov.
Make your first stop the Dutchman’s Store in Cantril.  The Dutchman’s Store is filled with bulk food items and dried goods.  It’s also known as “a quilter’s paradise” with thousands of bolts of quilting material and supplies.

Dutchman’s Store
103 Division Street, Cantril
319.397.2322
Enjoy a unique lunch at theAmish home of Clemence and Amanda Bontrager.  Everything is home-raised and home-cooked.  You’ll enjoy a full meal with homemade bread, butter and jam.  Save room for dessert because they serve everyone two – strawberry shortcake and hickory nut pie!

Villages of Van Buren
902 4th Street, Keosauqua
800.868.7822
Before your next stop, take the scenic route with a drive through Lacey Keosauqua State Park.  Bordering the great horseshoe bend in the Des Moines River, the rolling hillsides of this 1,653-acre park are home to an abundance of wildlife, wildflowers and other natural features.

After departing the park, visit the Indian Artifact Museum.  This museum features more than 4,000 artifacts found in southeast Iowa by collector Tony Sanders and they are displayed against native Iowa wood patterns.

Villages of Van Buren
902 4th Street, Ke osauqua
800.868.7822
Next visit the village of Benton sport. Most of the buildings are original structures from the 1800s that are now home to a variety of specialty shops.  Be sure to visit the Historic Greef General Store to see a broad spectrum of handmade gifts from weaving to woodcarving and antiques.  In Iron and Lace a skilled blacksmith and potter provide demonstrations and sell their work.  Enjoy the scenery with a stroll across an old iron pedestrian bridge spanning the Des Moines River, or wander a historic rose garden.

Greef General Store
21964 Hawk Drive, Bentonsport
319.592.3579

Iron and Lace
Corner of Hawk Drive and Walnut Street, Bentonsport
319.592.3222
Next enjoy a guided tour of Bonaparte Pottery.  Bonaparte Pottery, originally established in 1865, has been recognized as a National Historic Archeological Site.  It produced a variety of stoneware until 1896, but digging continues and several original pieces and molds have been unearthed.  Purchase a piece of pottery made from an original mold.

Bonaparte Pottery
411 1st Street, Bonaparte
319.592.3620
Enjoy a late afternoon stop in Bonaparte’s National Historic Riverfront District.  You can indulge at Addie Mae’s Fudge Shop or try a variety of delicious baked goods at Sunrise Bakery, a new Amish bakery.

Addie Mae’s Fudge Shop
707 1St Street, Bonaparte
319.592.3139

Sunrise Bakery
31154 210th Street, Bonaparte

Before heading for home, travel County Road J-40 just west of Keosauqua and pick up some produce from an Amish produce stand, or stop at Lengacher’s Greenhouse, an Amish garden store loaded with flowers, plants, baskets and more.

Lengacher’s Greenhouse
22583 Heather Avenue, Keosauqua