Mount Vernon and Lisbon carry a torch for the past, with reverent preservation of all things old. Connected by the historic Lincoln Highway, the communities embrace their place on America’s first transcontinental highway.

There are four registered national historic districts, including the entire Cornell College campus, with its iconic King Chapel, the downtown shopping district in both Mount Vernon and Lisbon, and the Ash Park neighborhood of Mount Vernon, an area of colorful Victorian homes.

Wonderful Distractions

Abbe Creek School Museum

American Gothic Barn

Anderson Geology Museum

Ash Park Baseball Field

Ash Park Historic District

Bass Farms

Bijou Movie Theater

Bryant Park

Cornell College

Davis Park

Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center

Elliott Athletic Complex

First Street Community Center

Gettysburg Boulder at Lisbon Cemetery

Heritage Hall

Hilltop Park

Johnston Park

Kernoustie Golf Club

Kroul Farms, Garden and Greenhouse

Lake MacBride

Lester Buresh Family Community Wellness Center

Lincoln Highway

Lincoln Square

Lisbon City Park

Lisbon History Center

Lisbon Public Library

Lisbon Splash Pad & Wading Pool

Memorial Park

Mount Vernon Community Pool

Mount Vernon Historic Audio Tours

Mount Vernon Nature Park

Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre

Palisades-Kepler State Park

Peter Paul Luce Art Gallery

Prairie Park

Pres Hill Sledding Hill

Russell D. Cole / Mount Vernon Public Library

Solar System Tour

Studt Park

Sutliff Bridge and Baxa’s Store & Tavern

The Fantastic Escape

Under Hill Skate Park

Van Metre Family Softball Field

Van Metre Field at Ash Park