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Wessels Living History Farm

Wessels Living History Farm

Contact Info:

Hillary Mundt
5520 South Lincoln Ave
York, NE 68467
WesselsFarm [at]
Wessels Living History Farm is a museum, a living history farm, set in the 1920s. We were born from the vision of David Wessels, a York area farmer who dreamed of creating Wessels Living History Farm, the name he gave it in his will, to teach people about the history and progression of agriculture, and life on a Nebraska farm.

 "Wessels Living History Farm has just wrapped up our 11th season.  We have grown a little every year, and 2017 will be no different.  People of all ages, from all 50 states and over 50 countries have enjoyed exploring the 1920s farm.  Hop up on an antique tractor, feed our miniature barn animals a treat, gather eggs from the poultry house, shell and grind corn, make popcorn on the wood stove in the farmhouse, or just relax on the front porch and sip lemonade.  If there are green beans or tomatoes ready to pick in the garden, please help yourself.

Created as a living history farm, the way David dreamed it would be, there is always something going on at Wessels.  Demonstrations of planting, harvesting, and everything in between- done the way it was many years ago- entertain, educate and inspire our guests.

Our farmhouse was the home of Dave Wessels, built in 1917, coincidentally the same year Dave was born!  This year we will celebrate both birthdays!  The house was built in York, NE and moved to the museum site in 2003.    Our horse barn, granary, tank house, windmill, poultry house and cob house have all been moved in from other places as well, each with their own story.  The most recent additions are the 1905 church and pre- 1900 one room schoolhouse.  In 2017, a large addition to Dave's tractor building will allow for more antique farm equipment to be displayed, as well as interactive educational displays.  

The church, farmhouse porch and lawn, barn, and outdoor space on the farm are available for wedding ceremonies and receptions, reunions, bus tour events, parties and more.          

Our educational classes are designed for children as young as preschool and up.  School classes, homeschool groups and family groups have enjoyed learning what life was like on a farm of the 20s, working with the animals, helping plant the garden and flower beds, or learning about the different stages of farming through the years, and what we can do to preserve our soil, water and sky. 

What was once a dream is now a reality.  To keep up with the usual tasks a working farm requires as well as providing classes, rental opportunities and daily tours, we need help!  Please contact us to get involved in keeping Dave's dream alive!"


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