York County Visitors Bureau
History abounds in York County, Nebraska — the “Crossroads of America,” with museums displaying collections from 3,000 B.C. to a working 1920s-era farm. It is easy to spend a couple of hours or an entire day soaking up the history that York County has to offer.
Clayton Museum of Ancient History, located on the York College Campus, is a rare world-class collection, displaying artifacts from the Foster Stanbeck Collection. The focus is specifically on the civilizations of Mesopotamia and the vast Roman Empire. Admission is free.
Take a step back in time at the award-winning Wessels Living History Farm. This working 1920s-era farmstead is located just south of the York Interchange on Highway 81. This farm is affectionately known as “Dave’s Dream.” Dave Wessels was a bachelor farmer who left both money and prime farming land so that future generations of children would be able to see what farm life was life in the 1920s. Tourism awards include Nebraska Department of Tourism’s Outstanding Tourist Attraction. Group tour rates are available.
The Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park in Henderson, Nebraska focuses on the fascinating Mennonite heritage. Groups learn about the Mennonite ethnic background, the religious persecution they suffered and their early innovation of underground, deep-well irrigation. Come for the education, but stay for the delicious food. Make sure to ask about group tour rates when scheduling.
Lee’s Marble Museum is the place for groups to get back in touch with their childhood by exploring one of the world’s largest privately owned playing marble collections. The museum displays over a million marbles and exceeds over $1,000,000 worth of handmade and machine-made marbles. Admission is free.
York County has the amenities groups need. Many of York’s lodging properties are group-friendly, and there are 50 dining opportunities ready to tempt visitors. From casual dining to the fine fare at the nationally recognized Chances ‘R’ Restaurant & Lounge, York has a wide array of options for groups. The ‘R’ hosts more motorcoach tours than any other restaurant in Nebraska. Several other locations can comfortably accommodate larger groups.
York, Nebraska is located in what is almost the geographical center of the United States. Situated at the intersection of two of the busiest north-south and east-west highways in America: Interstate I-80 and U.S. Highway 81 (also known as the Pan American Highway.) This very location makes York County the “Crossroads of the Midwest — and America.”
To “Experience York County” visit yorkcountyvisitors.org or phone (402) 362-4575 for more information.