The Vinton Depot Roof is Done! 

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The Vinton Depot is a proud partner of Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Site. Their website is:

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     Iowans are “Iowa Nice.”  We’re considerate and respectful.  We’ll throw out a “farmer wave” to anyone who crosses our path and even offer a helping hand to our neighbor as well as a stranger.  We’re Iowans. Together we form a community of Bentonians . . . those who call Benton County, Iowa, home. We share a heritage that has shaped our values and made us who we are today.

     The Benton County Historical Society works hard to provide opportunities to enhance our heritage and values, but we can’t do it alone.  Because of grants and generous donations from people such as yourself, we now have the Depot roof replaced!  The dormers need to be tuckpointed and then we can call this project complete. We are very excited about this! 

    It’s now time to turn our focus to the general fund, with which we pay our monthly bills to keep all of our buildings and artifacts at a climate controled temperature.  There are so many things we would love to do, but the bottom line is that the BCHS Board needs operating income to clean, maintain, advertise, provide programming, organize, sort, budget, etc. . .  BCHS still needs your financial help!  

     We’re a family in this little rural community and those basic roots that sprouted here years ago continue to influence our “Iowa Nice” mentality.  Please contribute generously so we can continue to shape our future by remembering those things that made us who we are today.  Become a member.  Get involved. Make a difference today!

     Together we can continue to mold our future by remembering the values of the hard-working ancestors that forged Benton County.  Thank you for your consideration. Thank you for your donation. Thank you for being apart of our community. And thank you for being “Iowa Nice”!


     Our monthly meeting is the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 pm. Located at the Horridge House at 612 First Avenue, Vinton.  The public is welcome!

    If you have any ideas for future programs, please let us know.


Saturday June 11

Free tours of the recently  re-furbished interior of the             Horridge House,            612 First Avenue, Vinton.      9 am - 2 pm

       Tag sale of members'          personal items on site.


Stop by our booth at the Benton County Fair June 22-26.


We will also be at Boom-Fest August 27 downtown Vinton.


Author Linda McCann will present a program on German         and Italian POWs in Iowa.            Saturday July 16 at 10:30          at the Depot.


Civil War re-enactors will be camped at the Depot Saturday August 27 from 9-5 and Sunday August 28 from 9-3. Various exhibitions and demonstrations will be on hand.


Josh and Katie Hopkins, professional paranormal investigators, organize tours of the Horridge House and the Vinton Depot for investigating paranormal activity!

Check out their website:bchsparanormaltour. to sign up for an investigation.

Also take a look at their Facebook page:

"Benton County Historical Society Paranormal Tours"

Lots of videos to check out!

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   The Benton County Historical Society is currently raising funds to work on the interior of the Vinton Depot in addition to the raising funds for the general funds required for the maintenance of both properties.

          If you would like to help with any of these needs, please consider contributing.  BCHS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For your convenience, here are three ways you may donate:   

In person at:   Farmers Savings                        Bank & Trust - Vinton

Mail to: 


PO Box 22

Vinton, IA 52349


Click on the Donate button above or on the Menu tab

Thank you!

     The Vinton newspapers have been digitized from 1855-2020 due to a collaboration between the BCHS and Vinton Public Library.

    Click on the link below to start exploring! If you have any problems, read the "Help" section on the newspaper site.