Calendar of Events

all-day Catfish Classic
Catfish Classic
May 6 all-day
Catfish Classic Tournament Contact: Darrell Morrow (308) 778-5879
all-day Lilac Time at Meadowlark Hill
Lilac Time at Meadowlark Hill
May 7 – May 20 all-day
Max and Darlene Peterson have one of the largest private collections of lilacs in the world, with over 800 varieties. The collection is open to the public May 7-20. Directions:  From Ogallala, go south on[...]
all-day Free Fishing & Park Entry Day
Free Fishing & Park Entry Day
May 19 all-day
Free Fishing and Park Entry Day is May 19 LINCOLN, Neb. – Free Fishing and Park Entry Day in Nebraska is May 19. Enjoy a Saturday of fishing or state park activities without the need[...]
11:00 am National Endangered Species/Pizz...
National Endangered Species/Pizz...
May 19 @ 11:00 am
National Endangered Species/Pizza Party Day Saturday, May 19th 11:00am Lake McConaughy Visitor/Water Interpretive Center Registration Required. Celebrate National Endangered Species Day with a pizza party! Presentations on threatened and endangered species of Nebraska will be[...]

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.