Mansion on the Hill

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 usually 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.

Calendar of Events

6:00 pm Sounds on the Square Concert Series
Sounds on the Square Concert Series
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 21 @ 9:00 pm
Sounds on the Square Concert Series
Mark your calendars for a great summer of FREE LIVE MUSIC at Rendezvous Square in Ogallala. Bring a lawn chair and your friends for these free concerts Friday nights May 19, June 2, June 16,[...]
all-day Big Mac Shut Up & Fish
Big Mac Shut Up & Fish
Jun 3 – Jun 4 all-day
Big Mac Shut Up & Fish Lake McConaughy June 3-4 The 2023 BIG MAC Shut Up & Fish Tournament will be hosted by Vogl’s Lodge & Lure. . See for entry forms and more info,[...]
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market
Ogallala Farmers Market
Jun 3 @ 8:00 am – Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm
The Ogallala Farmers Market is held Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Rendezvous Square.   This year’s season begins June 3, 2023. Markets generally continue through early October.
12:45 pm Union Pacific “Big Boy No. 4014”...
Union Pacific “Big Boy No. 4014”...
Jun 8 @ 12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
UP’s Big Boy No. 4014 is scheduled to stop at the Lemoyne Road Crossing in Lemoyne, NE June 8 from 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. MT. Union Pacific’s famed Big Boy No. 4014, the world’s[...]