Brownville's History

Situated at the edge of the heartland prairie, the historic Village of Brownville was founded in 1854. The Village 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 to the beginning of Nebraska. Railroaders will want to visit the Depot while “river rats” will be drawn to the Meriwether Lewis Dredge. Music lovers will be thrilled by New York cabaret, Broadway, jazz, rock, bluegrass and classical performers at the Brownville Concert Hall.

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 such as the annual Paint Brownville Autumn event.

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.

Thousands of visitors flock to the area for unique finds and treasures during the spring and fall flea market. Held each Memorial Day weekend and last weekend in September over 300 vendors set up on downtown streets and riverside.

Other events include the 4th of July Celebration, Freedom Run, cruising Main St. every fourth Friday night from April to October, and Old Time Autumn.

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