Help Raise the Roof! 

          We are currently raising funds to replace the roof of the Vinton Depot which has several leaks.  Our goal is to replace the current asphalt shingles with a metal roof that duplicates the look of the original French clay tiles, similar to those that are currently on the Vinton Public Library or the Presbyterian Church.  
           We’re getting there!  Over 50% has already been raised from donations! Many thanks to the Vinton Car Cruise Committee who donated $1,000. We just received a $42,085 grant from the State Historical Society of Iowa on June 28, 2019. Roof renovation and replacement will start next Spring.
          If you would like to help and be able to tell your kids you helped save the Vinton Depot, make a donation today!  

















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     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.


Follow Josh and Katie Hopkins, authors of their newly published book, on a historical haunted tour of the Iowa Corridor, including the Vinton Depot and Ray House!      

Learn about the urban legends and real ghost stories of the many locations they have researched as      paranormal investigators.

Sunday November 17

at 1:00 pm                                  Ray House, 912 First Avenue,Vinton                      

Free will donation at door                                                      Book signing following the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

Seating is limited, please got to our Facebook page and reserve your space! You can click on the link above.

   The Benton County Historcal Society is currently raising funds to replace the Vinton Depot roof in addition to the general funds required for the maintenance of all three 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: 

Regions Bank


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 1855-2017 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.