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Take the time to experience a crucial part of the history of our country, slavery and the people that made this nation the more perfect union that it is today.

Until it was opened to the public in 1938, the Mayhew Cabin was nearly always used as a home. It has a well documented history as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Today, visitors feel they are walking into the cabin 150 years ago.
Slavery was an explosive issue when Nebraska Territory was created. The Mayhews were a part of that era and left an indelible imprint on the history of that time. Experience what enslaved people and
their staunch supporters endured before and during the Civil War.

Walk through the Mayhew Cabin and travel down the underground cave to better understand what the remarkable flight from slavery entailed.

NOTICE: The Mayhew Cabin/John Brown’s Cave site is OPEN. However, the underground walking tunnel is closed to the public due to a renovation project. Visitors can still see (and walk through) the “cave” area/sleeping quarters, the cabin, cellar area, historic village, and museum area.

›› Nebraska's UGRR Trail brochure-explore
    Nebraska's UGRR history on this short driving tour.
›› Visit the Experience Gallery.
›› Join us during events  like the annual Juneteenth
    Celebration...click here to view the calendar!
›› Mayhew Cabin hosts hundreds of school students every year on field trips. Click on the events page to find the tour information.

Please see below about current projects at the site.

Where we are...
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Just minutes off I-29 and less than an hour from Lincoln,  Omaha and
St. Joseph are close to home.

Open for the Season
See below for regular business hours
The Mayhew Cabin & Historic Village with John Brown Cave's is open seasonally May through October. Join us Thursday through  Sunday from Noon- 5 pm. Additional times are available by appointment. Admission: Adults $3 & Children $1.

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