Mount Vernon is lcoated in eastern Linn County and is about 15 miles east of Cedar Rapids. It is known for its rolling hills, historic homes and quaint shopping area. Because of its size the city is very walkable despite its hilly terain. Mount Vernon is home to Cornell College - a private liberal arts college that has just over 1,100 students and is the only college in the nation to have its entire campus listed on the Nation Register of Historic Places. In recent years Mount Vernon has become a place for many Cedar Rapids and Iowa City professionals to reside due to its excellent economic health, educational institutions and cultural advantages.
The town is named after Mount Vernon, the estate of Geroge Washington. Mount Vernon was featured in the October 2009 edition of Budget Travel Magazine in an article entitled, "America's Coolest Small Towns."
Main Event or Festival
Chalk the Walk, Magical Night, Chocolate Stroll, Heritage Days, Chili Cook-Off, and Uptown Thursday Nights.