Nebraska’s historic sites are all fascinating in different ways, but we especially love this spot that has a very long, very diverse history – and you can visit it to walk through nature.

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While you’re in the area, be sure to stop by the Ash Hollow Cemetery to visit Rachel Pattison’s grave. Hers is one of the many sad stories of the Oregon Trail. The cemetery isn’t an official part of the state historical park, but it’s a must-see for all Nebraska history buffs. Learn more about the Ash Hollow site here. Please note: the visitors center is open only in the summer, but the park grounds are open year-round from 8 am to sunset.

Have you ever visited Ash Hollow? Tell us all about your experiences in the comments!

This state historical park is close to Lake McConaughy, which we certainly recommend visiting while you’re in the area. Be sure to also stop in Lewellen at The Most Unlikely Place, a delightful restaurant that lives up to its name.

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