Shopping: Most shops open daily: 10am to 5pm, April - Oct. and weekends only in Nov. and first half of Dec.
The Greef General Store is where you can find antiques and crafts. (319) 592-3579 www.greefstore.com Closed Mondays. Open 10 to 5 Tues - Sunday
Iron & Lace features Queen Anne's Lace pottery and hand-forged artistic ironwork by our own artists-in-residence, Bill and Betty Printy. (319) 592-3222
May - Nov. - Open Monday, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10am to 5pm, or by appointment. www.ironandlaceiowa.com
Open Dec. - April by appointment. Give them a call and they will open the store for you if they are available.
Indian Artifact Museum: Home to an extensive collection of Native American Indian artifacts including an impressive display of arrowheads. Amazing woodworking too! (open by chance or appointment) (319) 592-3579
Old Presbyterian Church Building: Visit this historic building on the hill north of the village. Open daily 10am to 5pm, May - Nov. The building is available to rent for weddings, programs, services, etc. Call Betty Printy at 319-592-3222 for more information.
Historic Bridge: Built in 1882 for horse and buggy traffic, this bridge is the oldest and longest original iron truss bridge still in use across the Des Moines River. Open to foot and bicycle traffic. (Photo by Steve Stimmel)
Rose Garden: Set within the rock walls of the old Mill foundations, this garden is complete with walkways, benches, water garden, and a variety of perennial plants. A great place for a picnic or wedding, or just sit and read in the peace and quiet.
The Stone House: What used to be called the Mormon House, is now restored and has a name change. (due to the grant we received to restore the building, it can't be affiliated with any certain religion.) The building has A/C and heating, a kitchen, and two bathrooms. It seats 80 people comfortably. The building can be rented for Wedding Receptions, meals, gatherings, meetings, classes, etc. Call Betty Printy at 319-592-3222 to reserve the building.
Things to do:
Have a picnic in the park. * Hike the Nature Trail north of town. * Take the Self-Guided Walking Tour of Bentonsport. * Hunt, fish, and watch the eagles during the winter season. * Enjoy the sunrise and sunset on the river. (Photo by Steve Stimmel)
*Take a class with the Villages Folk School - www.villagesfolkschool.com Many different arts and crafts taught in various areas throughout the county. In Bentonsport, Bill teaches blacksmithing, Betty teaches pottery and weaving, and bread making. Paint a picture, learn beekeeping, paint a barn quilt square, learn to crochet or knit or how to recane a chair.
Or...Things to do, places to go, people to see!