Our Town York: Wessels Living History Farm

Wessels Living History Farm

5520 South Lincoln Ave.
York, NE 68467 (Just one mile south of Interstate 80 (Exit 353) and US Highway 81)
The Farm site is open from May 1 through October 31 on Mondays-Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. & Sundays, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. November through April, the farm is open for special events and by appointment. The admission price for visiting the farm and special events is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for senior citizens and $2.00 for children. The farm can also be rented for parties, reunions, weddings and other special events. Call Dale Clark for details at 402-710-0682.

It's easy to experience farm life in the 1920's just south of Our Town York thanks to the generosity of Dave Wessels. He was a local bachelor who passed away in 1993 and in his hand-written, one line will he left his entire estate to create a one of a kind tourist attraction.

And the farm's director, dale Clark says this place is unique.
Dale Clark is the director of Wessels Living History Farm and he says this tourist attraction is unique, "Because most museums end in 1900, we start in the 1920's and we depict farm life in the 20's and 30's."

Once inside the beautifully restored house, it's easy to believe you've traveled back in time to the 1920's . Caroline Gaudreault is a historian at the farm, "The 1920's is the first time they actually got things, they actually went out and bought gadgets, different items that they couldn't buy before, they couldn't afford them."

The house was moved to it's current location just south of Interstate 80 in 2002 and Dale opened up the farm to the public in 2005, "We were recognized as the leading new museum by the State Department of Tourism a couple of years ago. We have had visitors from all 50 states and 36 foreign countries now."

Dale feels that the education that can be found on this farm is becoming more and more valuable, "Even Nebraska people do not recognize of agriculture and how rapidly agriculture is changing, we find kids that can't tell you the difference between lettuce and cabbage. They don't realize where the food comes from that's on their table."

Wessels offers a complete range of educational classes, from preschool to graduate.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas on Wessels Living History Farm. You can get celebrate the holidays there from now until December 27th.

And the bonus is -- you'll be able to see the old church that was just moved to the farm from Thayer.

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