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

Jun
19
Sat
all-day Junior Fishing Tournament
Junior Fishing Tournament
Jun 19 all-day
Junior Fishing Tournament
Rules meeting: Friday, June 18 at 6 pm at the Keith County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. Tournament Fishing Hours:  Saturday, June 19 from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm Prizes for most total lbs of fish caught.[...]
8:00 am Ogallala Farmer’s Market
Ogallala Farmer’s Market
Jun 19 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Ogallala Farmer’s Market will be held Saturdays at Rendezvous Square from June 19 through September 25, 2021.  Find something different every week – including locally raised vegetables, fruits, baked goods, honey, preserves and crafts.
Jun
24
Thu
6:00 pm Sounds on the Square 2021
Sounds on the Square 2021
Jun 24 @ 6:00 pm
Sounds on the Square 2021
Thursday evenings May 27 through July 22, enjoy FREE live music beginning at 6 pm at Rendezvous Square in downtown Ogallala. Bring a lawn chair and your friends.   Call 800-658-4390 with any questions.
Jun
26
Sat
all-day Tropical Dreams Regatta – Hobie ...
Tropical Dreams Regatta – Hobie ...
Jun 26 – Jun 27 all-day
Location: East Theis Bay – Beach #12 – Lake McConaughy, Nebraska Saturday June 26, 2021 9 AM to 10 AM: Registration @ the fleet tent 10 AM: Skippers meeting, including youth racers 11 AM: First[...]