New welcome center gives a history lesson of Van Buren County

Inside the Keosauqua Welcome Center and McCoy Historical Museum

Residents and tourists passing through Van Buren County have a new place to celebrate the areaâ??s rich history.

A facility located at 809 1st St. in Keosauqua has been everything from a house, to a doctorâ??s office, to an insurance company, and today, it opened to the public as townâ??s new welcome center and historical museum. The grand opening brought over 150 people. Hugh and Rita McCoy donated the building along with historic artifacts theyâ??ve collected from cities in Van Buren County dating back from the mid-1800s to the early 20th Century.

â??Hugh wanted to make sure there was a place where all his memorabilia that he's donating to the historical society could be showcased,â?? Jon Finney, Chairman of the Welcome Center and McCoy Historical Museum said. â??What better way than for visitors to see a little bit of Van Buren County in one location.â??

Tours were held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Welcome Center and museum. Finney says you can come check it out most Mondays through Fridays during business hours, and he hopes to have people on staff give tours on the weekends over the summer.