Situated at the edge of the heartland prairie, the historic Village of Brownville, founded in 1854 is located on the picturesque, tree-covered, rolling Loess Hills overlooking the 1804 Lewis & Clark campsite on the Missouri River. Designated a National Historic District, Brownville is celebrating over 160 years of American history as a pioneering gateway to the West. Historic homes and museums take you back in time. Railroaders will want to visit the Depot while “river rats” will be drawn to the Meriwether Lewis Dredge. As an International Booktown, visitors can browse numerous bookstores downtown and music lovers will be thrilled by New York Cabaret, Broadway, Jazz, Rock, Bluegrass and Classical performers at the Brownville Concert Hall.

Carson house

Rich in art and theatre Brownville is the home to the oldest repertory theatre in Nebraska. The Brownville Village Theatre includes a variety of plays and musicals through the months of June, July and August. Art lovers flock to the art shops and galleries or attend events as the annual Paint Brownville Autumn event.

Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard and Winery is a popular stop offering wine tastings and cave tours, gifts and a wide variety of wines. The 100 year old barn of Julius Bergman was moved 18 miles to its present location at the site of Brownville’s old brewery caves which spans the peaceful creek below. The winery is host to many events including entertainment in the summer months.

Thousands of visitors flock to the area for unique finds and treasures during the Spring and Fall Flea Market. Held each Memorial Weekend and last weekend in September over 300 vendors set up on downtown streets and riverside.


The Governor Furnas Arboretum and Whiskey Run Creek Nature Trail provide educational activities, birding and garden tours for visitor experience. The Steamboat Trace Trail also gives bikers and runners an opportunity to enjoy their surroundings along the Missouri River.

The River Inn Resort and Spirit of Brownville gives visitors an opportunity at an unforgettable river experience. The Spirit offers dinner cruises as well as Sight Seeing Tours on special occasions. The River Inn Resort sits on the bank of the Missouri River, a floating B & B with 18 guest rooms. Additional Bed & Breakfasts in the Brownville area can be found here.



  • Population: 129
  • Founded in 1854
  • The Nebraska State Fair was held in Brownville in 1870 and 1871