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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

May
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Fri
6:00 pm Sounds on the Square Summer Conc...
Sounds on the Square Summer Conc...
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 19 @ 9:00 pm
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 Friday night concerts from 6 to 9 p.m: May[...]
Jun
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Sat
all-day Ogallala Drovers Invite Golf Tou...
Ogallala Drovers Invite Golf Tou...
Jun 1 – Jun 2 all-day
The 19th annual Ogallala Drovers Invitational Golf Tournament will take place June 1-2, 2024 at Bayside Golf. Contact the Chamber at 308-284-4066 or sign up online at www.explorekeithcounty.com.
all-day Shut Up & Fish Tournament
Shut Up & Fish Tournament
Jun 1 – Jun 2 all-day
Don’t miss the 25th Annual ‘Big Mac’ Shut Up & Fish Walleye Tournament June 1st and 2nd, 2024 at Lake McConaughy For more information contact: Vogl’s Lodge & Lure – 308-355-2321 Entry forms available at:[...]
8:00 pm Live Music at Admiral’s Cove – P...
Live Music at Admiral’s Cove – P...
Jun 1 @ 8:00 pm
The Platinum Pearls will be performing hits from all genres & decades at Admiral’s Cove on Saturday, June 1st at 8:00 pm.  $5 cover.