Bentonsport plans open house
BENTONSPORT — Local businesses will celebrate the annual Bentonsport Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The businesses and museums will be offering prizes and samples.
The Historic Greef General Store is a historic building with several large rooms filled with a variety of antiques, and hand-crafted items, as well as museum cases filled with local history and American Indian artifacts.
The Bentonsport Artisan’s Co-Op will have some new artisans this year, several who will be demonstrating their work among the new artwork and antiques.
Iron and Lace will be celebrating the season’s opening with artists and instructors from the Van Buren County’s Villages Folk School. They will have floor loom weaving, pottery making, forge work from the blacksmith and soft pastel painting.
Angie’s Antiques will be open in the historic Odd Fellows Hall near the Rose Gardens. Dating back to the early pioneer history of Bentonsport, the museum on the second floor of the Odd Fellows Hall has original furniture and memorabilia dating back more than 150 years.
The Indian Artifact museum built by Tony Sanders will be open. The wood backgrounds and display cases house more than 4,000 artifacts found in southeast Iowa and the northern parts of Missouri and Illinois, with some of them dating back to more than 12,000 years ago. The museum is free to tour and more information can be found on the Greef Store’s website.
The Historic Mason House Inn B&B, the campgrounds along the river, hiking trails, boat ramp, shelter house and the Rose Gardens within the old grist mill’s remaining walls, help add to the charm of the village.
For more information about Bentonsport events or a brochure, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.greefstore.com or call the Greef General Store at 319-592-3579.