Calendar of Events

Nov
17
Sat
9:00 am Ogallala Fall Arts & Crafts Show
Ogallala Fall Arts & Crafts Show
Nov 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The annual Ogallala Fall Arts & Crafts Show will be held Sat. Nov. 17 from 9 AM to 4 PM  at the Keith County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.
Nov
30
Fri
6:30 pm Candlelight Dining at the Mansion
Candlelight Dining at the Mansion
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Candlelight Dining at the Mansion
The Keith County Historical Society will host Candlelight Dining at the Mansion on the Hill Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, beginning at 6:30 pm each evening. This year’s menu will feature French cuisine.[...]
Dec
1
Sat
6:30 pm Candlelight Dining at the Mansion
Candlelight Dining at the Mansion
Dec 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Candlelight Dining at the Mansion
The Keith County Historical Society will host Candlelight Dining at the Mansion on the Hill Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, beginning at 6:30 pm each evening. This year’s menu will feature French cuisine.[...]
Dec
6
Thu
5:30 pm Ogallala Parade of Lights
Ogallala Parade of Lights
Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Ogallala Parade of Lights
The annual Parade of Lights will be held Thursday, Dec. 6 beginning at 5:30 pm.  This year’s theme is Flannel & Frost.  The parade will start at Spruce & 8th Streets, and end at Spruce[...]

Mansion on the Hill

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An authentic Victorian style home, the Mansion on the Hill was Ogallala’s finest residence when it was completed in 1887. Today, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and is a favorite with visitors to Ogallala.

The Mansion was built by L.A. Brandhoefer, and was made of red brick kilned at the local brick factory. The home was first occupied for any length of time by the H.L. McWilliams family.  Mr. McWilliams was a local banker, and his wife enjoyed entertaining from the beautiful home.

Located at the corner of West 10th and Spruce Street, the mansion has many unique features, including ten foot ceilings, sixteen inch thick solid brick walls, walnut shuttered windows, and solid brass hardware throughout. Other attractions include two beautifully hand carved cherry wood fireplaces, carved corner blocks and panel inserts on doors and window frames, and ornate curved staircase leading to the second floor.

Visitors may tour the authentic one room school house on the Mansion grounds. Built in 1902, the District #7 school house was originally located 5 miles south of Roscoe. The O’Brien/Lute home, an early 1900s homestead era dwelling, is also available for viewing.

Owned by the Keith County Historical Society, the Mansion, school house, and O’Brien/Lute home have been preserved and maintained as historical landmarks and visitor attractions.

The Mansion is open from the Friday before Memorial Day through the Sunday before Labor Day, Tuesday through Saturday 9:00-4:00, Sundays 11:00-4:00, and closed Mondays.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.