Welcome to Downtown Van Buren, AR

Historical charm and vibrant culture

"Historical charm and vibrant culture "

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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

510 Main St
Van Buren, Arkansas

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Businesses in Van Buren, Arkansas

Here is a collection of downtown 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.


Blackberry Gallery


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


Ralph Irwin Studio


Sculpture, painting and architectural pieces


Cottage Row Bed & Breakfast


Single unit bed and breakfast


Old Van Buren Inn Bed & Breakfast


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


A classic American Steakhouse


Boomarang Diner


Our mission is good food in a fun place


Brothers Cottage Cafe


Best home cookin in town!


C & C Catfish


Great Catfish and much, much more


Frank's Italian Restaurant


Traditional Italian and Brick oven Pizza


3 Broke Girls Variety Shop


Our shop carries apparel, antiques, jewelry and gifts


Brandenburg Booksellers


we focus on the hard to locate books


Darb's Antiques


In the heart of Historic Main Street


Gunslinger's Mall


A historic General Store like no other


Main Street Candy and Fudge


We make life a little sweeter


The Soap Factory


Handcrafted skin care made here