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Wessels Living
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Would you be interested in a cornmeal cookie and a glass of lemonade? Come on in, we’ll tell you a story about Dave Wessels and his dream to preserve the simple life of a Nebraska farmer. While you’re here, you could help us shell some corn, feed the animals, and gather the eggs.
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Welcome to Wessels Living History Farm

Would you be interested in a cornmeal cookie and a glass of lemonade? Come on in, we’ll tell you a story about Dave Wessels and his dream to preserve the simple life of a Nebraska farmer. While you’re here, you could help us shell some corn, feed the animals, and gather the eggs.

At Wessels Living History Farm, you won’t look at things from behind glass windows or barriers. We are a real, working farm, with chores to do every day and opportunities to do some hands-on learning! Would you like to help us in the garden? The tomato plants are overflowing, help yourselves!

People often ask us if we live here. No, this home is no longer lived in – not the way you think of a home being lived in – but the question is a testament to how “real” Wessels Living History Farm feels to our guests, and we take it as a compliment! Oh yes, we cook with the wood stove. And we churn our butter when we need to. We tend to the garden and tinker with the antique tractors. If you join us during a special event, we may even be doing a little blacksmith work, planting with the check row planter, or harvesting our oats!

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Our-history

Creation of Committee

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The story goes back to Native Americans who first cultivated these fields, through the first European immigrants staking out the prairie ground, through boom and bust cycles and through the incredible technological innovations of the 20th Century. It’s a story that will continue as long as the human race consumes food. The York Community Foundation, which administers David’s bequest, formed a committee in 1995 including business people and farmers to carry out Wessels’ vision of an educational project.

Hands-on Activities, Classes & Events

Schools, Home School Groups, Summer School Groups, & More

Every visit to the farm involves kinesthetic learning! We have scavenger hunts, old-fashioned fun & games and so much more! Our most popular classes are available April through October, with Christmas on the Farm in December! Choose from one of our classes for your group or we’ll help you put together an agenda that fits your needs. Find details on our Class Information page.

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