Beatrice and Gage County are filled with historical landmarks, both local and national. Just four miles west of Beatrice is the Homestead National Monument of America, a National Park Service site that commemorates the significant impact of the Homestead Act of 1862.
In addition to the memorial, the site features the award-winning Homestead Heritage Center (a museum and visitor center), the informational Education Center, the Palmer-Epard Cabin, the one-room Freeman School and a restored tallgrass prairie.
The Gage County Historical Society & Museum makes its home in Beatrice. The museum, located in the Burlington Railroad Depot Passenger Station, is lined with the Historical Society’s collection of photographs, historical artifacts, documents and more. The museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Gage County Courthouse, positioned in downtown Beatrice, is a historical treasure in town, as is the Veterans Memorial Wall, which was constructed in honor of the Rotary Club’s 100th anniversary. The park and memorial recognize those who have served our country in the wars of yesterday and today.
Additional historic sites in Gage County worth exploring include the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Centre (Wymore), the Old West Trails Center (Odell), the Filley Stone Barn (Virginia), and the Burlington Railroad Museum (Wymore).