Van Buren

Welcome to Van Buren!

According to Maine an Encyclopedia, “Van Buren is a town in Aroostook County, incorporated on February 11, 1881 from Van Buren Plantation.  Named for the eighth U.S. President, Martin Van Buren, the area was a haven for Acadians escaping the British oppression of 1755. In 1791 they settled near Keegan, a village just north of the main settlement, to farm and work in the lumbering industry. A model “Acadian Village” is near Keegan village.”

The population today is about  2,038 at the 2020 census (Wikipedia). Located at the junction of Route 1 and 1A, it calls itself the “Gateway for the St. John Valley”.

Van Buren Aerial


  • Acadian Village 859 Main St, Van Buren, ME 04785 | (207) 868-5042 
    • Home to the Living Heritage Society of Van Buren, Village Acadien is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been recognized as a Historical National Landmark.
  • Maine Emblem Moose Statue Dufour Dr, Van Buren, ME 04785
    • You won’t want to miss this life-sized bronze statue of Maine’s most famous mammal. A great stop for a Maine-themed photo opportunity!
  • Van Buren Ice Rink 5 Champlain St, Van Buren, ME 04785 | (207) 868-3395
    • Outdoor ice rink in Van Buren!
  • Fortunat O Michaud House
    • Fortunat O. Michaud House (2003)

      [231 Main Street] Built between 1911 and 1917, the Michaud house is a remarkably intact Queen Anne style frame residence. It was made for local merchant and former state legislator Fortunat O. Michaud.

  • Additional activities are available in nearby Hamlin and Madawaska!


  • Tasty Food 232 Main St, Van Buren, ME 04785 | (207) 868-3011
    • This dairy bar serves up a variety of tasty summer treats, as well as food such as pizza, subs and sandwiches, salads, hot dogs, etc!
  • Additional dining options can be found in nearby Madawaska!


  • Aroostook Hospitality Inn 95 Main St, Van Buren, ME 04785 | (207) 484-6200
    • Family run inn that prides themselves on treating their guests as part of their family!
  • For more lodging options, visit nearby Madawaska!

Shops & Services

  • Oullette’s Trading Post 200 Champlain St, Van Buren, ME 04785 |(207) 868-2727
    • This gas station and convenience store offers a wide variety of products, and it also serves as a wild game tagging station!
  • More shops & services can be found in Madawaska!

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