Information about Van Buren, AR and the small, locally-owned businesses located there.

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A little about Van Buren

Van Buren has become a shopping mecca for hard-to-find collectibles, one-of-a-kind gifts, original art, local Ozark crafts, home decor and extraordinary antiques. Six blocks of art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and historical attractions located along a beautifully restored Victorian Main Street comprise the popular Van Buren Downtown Historic District. Entertainment offerings include excursion train rides, theater productions at the King Opera House and special annual events. The Butterfield Overland Mail Co. Stagecoach route ran through Van Buren, where the stagecoaches were moved across the Arkansas River on flatboats. Van Buren was a popular stop for steamboats coming upstream. These passageways are now part of the Arkansas Heritage Trails System.

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The history of Van Buren

The area was settled by David Boyd and Thomas Martin in the year 1818. After Arkansas became a territory in 1819 Daniel and Thomas Phillips constructed a lumber yard in the community to serve as a fuel depot for river traffic. In the year 1831 a post office was constructed for the community, at the time known as Phillips Landing. This post office was named after the newly appointed Secretary of State, Martin Van Buren. John Drennen along with his partner, David Thompson, purchased the area for US$11,000. They moved their business of supplying firewood for steamboats to this new location on higher ground. The courthouse was constructed on a lot of land donated by Drennen on the condition that Van Buren become the county seat. The Drennen Reserve is one of the town's existing historical sites from the 1830s. Van Buren was first incorporated December 24, 1842.

Contact Information

Address:
510 Main St
Van Buren, Arkansas
72957

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Businesses in Van Buren, Arkansas

Here is a collection of local Van Buren, Arkansas businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

Art Lodging Museums / Attractions Restaurants Shopping

 

Blackberry Gallery

Art

We help you bring more fun, style and color into your life

 

Ralph Irwin Studio

Art

Sculpture, painting and architectural pieces

 

Cottage Row Bed & Breakfast

Lodging

Single unit bed and breakfast

 

Old Van Buren Inn Bed & Breakfast

Lodging

4 units in a renovated bank building

 

Cedars Country Club

Museums / Attractions

A scenic 9 hole golf course

 

Drennen-Scott House

Museums / Attractions

Interactive history discovered and studied

 

King Opera House

Museums / Attractions

Victorian Opera House

 

The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

Museums / Attractions

A scenic ride through natural beauty and historic sites

 

Big Jake's Cattle Company

Restaurants

A classic American Steakhouse

 

Boomarang Diner

Restaurants

Our mission is good food in a fun place

 

Brothers Cottage Cafe

Restaurants

Best home cookin in town!

 

C & C Catfish

Restaurants

Great Catfish and much, much more

 

Frank's Italian Restaurant

Restaurants

Traditional Italian and Brick oven Pizza

 

3 Broke Girls Variety Shop

Shopping

Our shop carries apparel, antiques, jewelry and gifts

 

Brandenburg Booksellers

Shopping

we focus on the hard to locate books

 

Darb's Antiques

Shopping

In the heart of Historic Main Street

 

Gunslinger's Mall

Shopping

A historic General Store like no other

 

Main Street Candy and Fudge

Shopping

We make life a little sweeter

 

The Soap Factory

Shopping

Handcrafted skin care made here