Organized in 2000, Wakefield Heritage Organization is dedicated to preserving and maintaining the local history of Wakefield, Nebraska. Because much of Wakefield's history and culture is contained in its older buildings, we currently maintain three heritage sites in and around Wakefield. These properties provide today's Wakefield citizens with important links to the lives of previous generations.
Graves Public Library has been reopened as Graves Library Museum. Located on Third Street, two and a half blocks west from Highway 35, in Wakefield, Nebraska, this library was one of the most luxurious libraries in the area when it was constructed. A walk through the building will take you as far back as 1881 […]
Train service played a major part in the birth of towns across the country and that was also true in Wakefield's history. The railroad ran through the town and was completed from Sioux City, Iowa, to Wakefield in 1881. The first depot was built that same year […]
In 1915, Frank Hanson, a local farmer, built this unique barn for farrowing and auctioning hogs. Round barn construction was the innovative technology of the day. Some also claimed the design to be “cyclone-proof” after one survived a tornado. The barn was restored in 2000 by 120 students, teachers, and other community members […]
“Nearly every day in 1898 Charles Leonard Davis, age sixteen going on seventeen, of Wakefield, Nebraska, wrote a single sentence or two in a small pocket size diary.” We highly recommend visiting this fascinating website. Regular posts provide great insight into the history of Wakefield.