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Address: 21964 Hawk Dr, Keosauqua, IA 52565-8260
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In the historic village of Bentonsport, Iowa, you can explore the ruins of...

In the historic village of Bentonsport, Iowa, you can 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 you in the specialty shops, including antiques, gemstones, pottery and a blacksmith shop. 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.

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vintage and antique collectibles

Bentonsport, located on the bank of the Des Moines river, was at one time a busy riverboat port. Now, it is a collection of unique antique shops, local thrown pottery shops and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 November 2016
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Keosauqua, Iowa
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Keosauqua, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Bentonsport, located on the bank of the Des Moines river, was at one time a busy riverboat port. Now, it is a collection of unique antique shops, local thrown pottery shops and fully restored historic homes and businesses. A must see for persons interested in historic river front towns and antique hounds.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We love strolling the shops on the river. The Iron and Lace store is fascinating! And the General store is always fun to walk through. The historic Presbyterian chuch is beautifully kept up and very historic. Fun to see it all!

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on our Village tour, what a charming place, we Met so many nice people in the stores. The little candy shop was a great place to grab a sandwich and you can site outside an watch the world float by on the river. The quilt store is absolutely a must for any quilter. The rose garden was... More 

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missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Enjoy the small town and everything about it. Love to walk on the bridge across the Des Moines river. It is so peaceful here.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

We fell in love with Van Buren county and with Bentonsport in particular. We were on a two month road-trip around the USA and this was one of the best parts of the whole trip. We stayed in Bentonsport B&B, which is one of the best places we have ever stayed. From there, it was easy to stroll around tiny... More 

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Ankeny, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2015

This was a neat area. The Greef General Store staff, which was managing the Memorial weekend event my husband was a vendor at, were very nice and helpful. The store has some great antiques, knickknacks, etc. to review. There's also a nice flower park, a walkway over the river, old school blacksmith's spread and other interesting sights to see. Most... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2015

In its early history, every Iowa community near a river dreamed of developing into a port from which grain and other products could be shipped and received. Bentonsport in southeastern Iowa encouraged some success in this field. Visit the Lewelling Museum in Salem while you're here or hunt for geodes in nearby Keokuk.

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Carroll, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2014

Small, Cute shops, Tony Sanders Museum is a must stop at. Mason House Inn experience was a lot of fun.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

Beautiful little historic village with several nice shops. We liked the scenery and interesting shops.

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Keosauqua, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

Bentonsport is a must see stop in SE Iowa. The 'Iron & Old Lace' shop, the 'Greif Store' (Antiques), the 'Mason House' inn, the Des Moines River walk bridge, and especially Tony's Indian Artifacts are a few the great places in Bentonsport. Another of the delightful villages in SE Iowa.

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