Calendar of Events

May
28
Thu
2:00 pm Native Bees Zoom Program
Native Bees Zoom Program
May 28 @ 2:00 pm
Native Bees Zoom Program
Join the Lake Mac and Ash Hollow park naturalist for a Zoom program on Native Bees Thursday, May 28 at 2 pm mountain time! (You will need to have downloaded Zoom ahead of time.) Native[...]
May
31
Sun
all-day POSTPONED Shut Up & Fish Tournament
POSTPONED Shut Up & Fish Tournament
May 31 all-day
This event has been POSTPONED to an undetermined date later this summer. From Vogl’s Lodge & Lure:  “Update: I received a letter from the Game and Parks Fisheries Division last Friday announcing that they have[...]
Jun
13
Sat
6:00 am Terry McCormick Memorial Walleye...
Terry McCormick Memorial Walleye...
Jun 13 @ 6:00 am
Launch will be from the back boat ramp at Cedar View. Check in: 6:00 to 6:45 a.m. Launch: 7:00 a.m. Weigh in: 3:00 p.m. Contact: Rose McCormick at 308-778-7216.
Jun
18
Thu
6:00 pm POSTPONED Sounds on the Square F...
POSTPONED Sounds on the Square F...
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Thursday evenings  (June 18, June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23 and July 30) enjoy FREE live music from 6 to 9 pm at Rendezvous Square in downtown[...]

Mansion on the Hill

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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.

COVID-19 UPDATE:  The Mansion is tentatively set to open July 1, 2020 with limited hours. The Keith County Historical Society will reevaluate this plan in June – please stay tuned.

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.