Calendar of Events

2:00 pm Acrylic Painting at the Lake
Acrylic Painting at the Lake
Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Acrylic Painting Saturday, March 24th 2pm-4pm Lake McConaughy Visitor/Water Interpretive Center Registration required. Join the Park Naturalist for an afternoon of acrylic painting! Follow guided instructions on an original painting or come up with an[...]
5:00 pm Take A Walk In The Park Day
Take A Walk In The Park Day
Mar 30 @ 5:00 pm
Take a Walk in the Park Day Friday, March 30th 5pm Ash Hollow State Historical Park Celebrate National Take a Walk in the Parky Day at Ash Hollow State Historical Park. The Park Naturalist will[...]
8:00 am March Bird Walk
March Bird Walk
Mar 31 @ 8:00 am
March Bird Walk The Park Naturalist will be leading bird walks on select Saturdays in March at Lake Ogallala.    Saturday March 31st   8:00 am Lake Ogallala Hike/Bike Trail.   Binoculars, bird guides, and checklists will be provided. Wear[...]

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 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.