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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:

     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. 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 have been tuckpointed, eaves troughs and downspouts have been added and we can call this project complete. The interior has also been spruced up. Due to grants from the Vinton Hotel Occupancy Tax Grant we have been able to add a ramp for easier access to the Vinton Depot and are renovating the restrooms to be more accessible. We are Very Excited about all the improvements!

    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-controlled 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!



     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. Our email is:

Did You Know?

The Horridge House is open on Wednesdays from 

1:00-4:00 pm.

Come take a tour of the house or research your

Benton County genealogy!

612 First Avenue, Vinton 

Other days/times available   by appointment only.

Call Rose at 319-560-9324 or

Ilene at 319-231-0475


July 25: Linda McCann, "Rosie the Riveter", 6:30 pm at the Vinton Depot.

August 10: First Annual Benton County Historical Society Expo, 10:00-4:00, Vinton Shellsburg High School. $5 admission.

August 24: BCHS table at BoomFest, downtown Vinton.

Information and items for sale.

August 24-25: Civil War re-enactors at the Vinton Depot. Demonstrations, skirmishes.

October 12: Depot Harvest Days: 10:00-2:00 at the Vinton Depot, food truck, music, wine tasting, pumpkin painting etc.

October 29: Darrin Crow portraying Edgar Allen Poe in "Morbid Curiosities", 6:30 at the Vinton Depot.

November 30: Cookies & Cocoa with Santa, 10:00-2:00 at the Vinton Depot.


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!

   The Benton County Historical Society is currently raising funds for the general funds required for the maintenance of both properties.

          If you would like to help with 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 on the left or on the Menu tab

Thank you!

     The Vinton newspapers have been digitized from 1855-2022 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.

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