Villages Folk School partnered with the Villages of Van Buren to occupy and maintain the McCoy building that was donated to the VB Co. Historical Society to be used as a county museum. The building now known as the Van Buren County Welcome Center sits at 809 Frist Street in Keosauqua and welcomes tourist and new residents with rotating displays of the area's past as well as helpful information and assistance.
Villages Folk School completed four projects under the Iowa Great Places designation that was awarded in 2009.
Lacey-Keosauqua State Park (Keosauqua)
Restoration of bath house and gate house
Morris Park (Stockport)
Restoration of shelter house, antique barn and one-room school house
Waubonsie Park (Cantril)
Design and build an ADA cabin, fully equipped to allow physically limited visitors to enjoy the park.
Stone House (Bentonsport)
Restoration of the community hall known as the Stone House.
Villages Folk School was awarded an Arts Builds Community grant through the Iowa Arts Council and partnered with Historic Hills Scenic Byways and the Our Town program to build a metal sculpture inspired by the Benjamin Franklin Ghost House to honor Van Buren County's agricultural heritage. The metal sculpture, an abstract wooden barn outline, sits on the Northeast corner of the county fairgrounds. Many thanks to the Community Foundation of Van Buren County who also helped fund this project.
Join others as they gather in the Villages of Van Buren to learn from the resident artisans in their personal studios. Spend a weekend plein air painting along the Des Moines River, or step back in time as you throw bowls in a Pottery Shop. The inspiring and relaxing atmosphere of scenic Van Buren County, Iowa is, and will continue to be, a haven for creative beings.