Nelson House

The Taylor-Wessel-Bickel (Nelson) House explores the history of Nebraska City through the families that lived there. Through the rooms of this 1857 home, visitors can experience the community from pre-statehood to the modern era. Watch the town's buildings rise up as the streets grow from dirt to pavement, from oxen to the first automobiles. See opera houses, race tracks, churches, and mansions. The community's history is surprising, captivating, and endearing.

Nelson Front

Built in 1857, this one-story brick home is regarded as one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in Nebraska, and is considered the oldest standing single-family dwelling still located on its original site. This home reflects rural southern influence through features such as fireplaces on each end of the home, which is rarely found in homes this era. The Nelson House was owned by several prominent citizens of early Nebraska City, beginning with William H. Taylor, attorney, financier, and politician. The home was converted to a boarding house in 1910. In 1976, the home was purchased by Mrs. Karl (Wealtha) Nelson-Harding who then began the task of renovation to restore the home to authenticity for the period in which it was built. In 1990, the Nelson Family donated the house to the Nebraska City Historical Society for preservation, so that it could be made available to the public for tours as an example of homes built in the 1850s.

Hours & Admission:

Friday-Sunday: 12pm to 4pm

Adults: $3.00
Children: $1.00

Educational Resources:

Exploring Knowledge
Tour Questions
Nelson House Artifacts

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Contact the Nelson House

711 3rd Corso
Nebraska City, NE 68410

The Nelson House is operated by the Nebraska City Historical Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to preserve and maintain for the public this early Greek Revival home and its gardens.