Arts and Culture Driving Tours
David City Historical Sites-
Thorpe Opera House
457 D Street, David City, NE 69632
Hours: by appointment
Attraction: The Thorpe Opera House has been on the Historic Register since 1988. The building represents a rapidly-vanishing phenomenon of our pioneer heritage.
Butler County Agri-tourism Attractions-
Jisa’s Farmstead Cheese
2653 Q Road, Brainard, NE 68626
Hours: Monday- Thursday, 8am- 4pm
Attraction: Sample delicious Nebraska made cheese and learn about the traditional art of cheesemaking from the Jisa family. Tour the plant to see how they make cheese from grade A pasteurized milk from the Jisa Dairy Farm one mile away.
Tip: Tuesday is cheesemaking day! The best day for an up close tour at how cheese is made.
2091 31 Road, Brainard, NE 68626
Hours: Friday- Saturday, 1- 9pm, Sunday 1- 6pm or by appointment
Attraction: Taste and purchase wines and enjoy the views of the landscape through the large windows of the tasting room, walk the fields, and visit the production area.
Tip: Can accommodate groups up to 40 people.
On the way to Bone Creek
From the East (Omaha)-
Saunders County Historical Society Museum
240 North Walnut, Wahoo, NE 68066
Hours: Winter, Tuesday– Friday, 10am- 4pm; April- September, Tuesday- Saturday, 10am- 4pm, Sunday, 1:30- 4pm
Attraction: The Saunders County Museum is a tribute to the pioneers who sought a better life on the prairie. The museum complex is home to several buildings: an 1873 log home, an 1890’s one room schoolhouse, a country church built in 1889, and the Wahoo Railroad Depot, which is listed on the National Historic Register. A modern machine shed protects agricultural equipment from days gone by. Even the smallest Nebraska Post Office is on museum grounds.
Ewe and Us Sheep Farm
859 County Road 18, Wahoo, NE 68066
Hours: by appointment
Attraction: The owners- a professional shepherd and a fiber artist- are committed to the production of quality fleece and lamb. The expantion of the flock in 2008 and the re-introduction of natural colored wool in 2009, with the emphasis on wool for the craft industry has proved successful. The foundation sires are of Corriedale and Columbia origins, and NCWGA registry of some.
146 East 5th St., Wahoo, NE 68066
Hours: Monday –Saturday, serves breakfast and lunch
Attraction: This old time café dates back to the 1930s, offering charm, atmosphere and some of the best meals in town.
Tip: for a large group, up to 40 people, talk to Clayton or Sylvia Wade
From the South (Lincoln)-
Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center
11700 SW 100th St., P.O. Box 117, Denton, NE 68339
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am- 5pm, Saturday- Sunday, 1-5pm
Attraction: Experience the prairie as it once was as you walk the trails through the acres of native prairie grasses. Explore plants and wildlife.
Tip: Admission is free on Tuesday!
Branched Oak Farm
17015 NW 70th St, Raymond, NE 68428
Hours: by appointment, tours are generally 1- 1.5 hours, cost $3/person
Attraction: This is a well-rounded small family farm with dairy and beef cows, homemade cheese, certified organic and much more.
Tip: tour includes samples of Branched Oak farm food products.
From the West-
Wessels Living History Farm
5520 South Lincoln Ave., York, NE 68467
Hours: May- October, Tuesday- Saturday, 10am- 4pm, Sunday, 1- 4pm; November – April- by appointment
Attraction: The 145-acre farm now features the home David Wessels shared with his brother. It also features a red, timber frame barn, corn crib, machine shed, garage, chicken coop and a large windmill typical of the 1920’s. These structures were chosen to begin the “living history farm” experience. To the south, there is a modern tractor display building with many of the tractors, stationary engines and combine that Dave Wessels restored. Surrounding the buildings is a modern farm operation that is still producing crops.
For more information about these businesses, lodging, or educational tours for school groups, contact the museum, 402-367-4488.