Serious efforts to authentically restore Fort Hartsuff, a State Historical Park, were started in the mid 1970's under the expert guidance of Park Superintendant, Roye Lindsay. With restoration 95% completed, a stop at Fort Hartsuff can transport you back in time to another century. The peaceful setting and the wind whispering through the trees gives visitors a feel of what life might have been like 120 years ago on the frontier.

Whether you visit on weekends or weekdays, you will find your Fort Hartsuff experience to be a valuable learning trip. Touring is largely self guided. The average visitor spends from two to three hours here. Limited picnic facilities are available.

Nebraska Park Entry Permits are required on all vehicles and are available at the Post Headquarters Building.

The Fort grounds are open during the day on a year-round basis. On weekends from May through September, various kinds of living history are featured. The park staff prides itself in portraying typical activities of soldiers and other residents during the 1870's. Among the living historians you might expect to see are uniformed sentries, officers on and off duty, laundresses, saddlers, bakers or scouts. Portrayals depend upon availability of staff, both regular and volunteer.

In addition to park permits, there is a fine selection of postcards, caps, souvenirs and a broad selection of books available at the Post Headquarters Building.

Schools, bus tours and other large groups may pre-arrange for an orientation by a park historian.


DIRECTIONS TO THE FORT: Ft. Hartsuff is an easy 20 minute drive from Burwell. Travel Hwy 11 south for ten miles, to the village of Elyria (pronounced: eee-lear-ee-ah), and then 3 1/2 miles north to the end of the paved road.

Hours Of Operation
April 30 - May 20
  9-5 Monday - Friday. Closed Weekends
May 23 - September 5   Office 9-5 Monday - Saturday: 12-5 Sunday. Buildings 8-8 daily
September 6 - October 2   Office and Buildings 9-5 Monday - Friday. Closed Weekends
October 3 - April 29   Tours by appointment, Buildings open 9-6 weather permitting

For more information Contact:
Fort Hartsuff SHP
RR 1 Box 37
Burwell, NE 68823-9801
Phone: 308-346-4715