YORK – A piece of history located in York, Nebraska from a man who lived the “American Dream” to his fullest potential.
David Wessels was a hardworking and humbled farmer. After his death in 1993, he left a portion of his estate to the York Community Foundation, including 160 acres of farmland. Through his will testament, he directed the Foundation to use the proceeds from the sale of his assets for agriculture education and creating a living history farm.
Today, the Wessels Living History Farm stands and wrapping up their 11th season.
Assistant Director of Wessels Living History Farm Hillary Mundt says, “We are a farm that’s set in the 1920’s, so we have a lot of vintage – kind of fun. We have our post and beam horse barn, we’ve got our granary, and the other miscellaneous buildings on the farm: the poultry house, the cob house, our garden, the outhouse of course, the farm house that was built in 1917; also all the furnishings and everything inside is set for the 1920’s. We have a church, a rural church, which came from Thayer, Nebraska and it was built in 1905. We have rural school house, which just last May came from Sutton, Nebraska. We have a lot of fun in there and now we’re able to do a lot of school trips that like to come out and have a ‘school day’ in a rural schoolhouse.”
The farm is also serving as a event location. Mundt says, “Well we are becoming more and more popular for a family reunion destination, as well as wedding venue.”
The staff looks forward to the farm’s continuous growth and each love the atmosphere they get to work in daily.
Mundt says, “I was attracted to Wessels Living History Farm because of the vision. It was built from the vision of Dave Wessels and he wanted to teach children about the history and progression of agriculture; just spread the love of agriculture and what we are doing now, and how hard people have worked to get us to where we are today.”
Wessels Living History Farm staff member John Carlson says, “My father was an Organist, I love the pipe organ. Part of my dream is to utilize the pipe organ in concerts and have people just enjoy the fullness of the organ.”
Wessels Living History Farm staff member Darin Zahm says, “Bringing history alive and sharing it with kids, and watching their eyes open up when they get to try something that they don’t ever or haven’t ever done.”
Upcoming events for the remainder of the year include:
Boo at the Farm takes place on Sunday, Oct. 23rd from 1:30 p.m. until 4: 00 p.m. There will be halloween games, treats and prizes. For children ages Pre-K through 5th grade there will be wagon rides, Starbucks will be handing out coffee and treats, as well as a corn picking demo. The friendly Witch will be telling stories and the gift shop will be open. Admission to Boo is $4 for kids, adults free. Regular tours of the house, church, schoolhouse, etc. will cost the regular admission fee.
The farm will be closed in November.