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  • The Mayhew Cabin will co-sponsor the program Forever Free: Walk into History on Thursday, February 7th, at 11 a.m. with Peru State College student organizations, Phi Alpha Theta and Black Student Union. The program will take place in the CATS conference room on the campus of Peru State College. Mr. Barry Jurgensen will discuss his Forever Free program and the two walks he completed in 2016 and 2017, which included following the path of two girls who escaped from slavery in the late 1850s from Nebraska.
  • The museum is closed for the season. To schedule an appointment during the offseason, please call (402) 873-3115 at least 48 hours in advance.

Experience HistoryNational Underground Railroad Network to Freedom

The Mayhew Cabin with John Brown's Cave Museum in Nebraska City interprets the history of the Underground Railroad in Nebraska.  The Mayhew Cabin was the first site in Nebraska to be recognized by the National Park Service's Network to Freedom. Visit the museum and experience an integral part of the country's history!

Location & Hours of Operation

The Mayhew Cabin Museum is located at 2012 4th Corso in historic Nebraska City, Nebraska. The museum's open season begins on Arbor Day (the last Friday in April) and ends on October 31st.  Museum hours are from noon to 5:00 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays. Appointments are also available by calling (402) 873-3115 at least 48 hours in advance (even during the offseason). Admission is only $3 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.

Field Trips

The Mayhew Cabin is an excellent and affordable field trip destination for your school or group. A visit to the museum includes an orientation video, viewing the museum, cabin, and historic village with an optional guided tour explaining the Mayhew Family's connection to the Underground Railroad. Group rates are $1 for students (K-12) and $2 for adults. An additional fee for a guided tour is $10 per group. A visit to the museum expands your horizons, supports our work, and preserves this important history.

Network to Freedom:  Nebraska's Underground Railroad Trail

A self-directed driving tour was developed for Nebraska's Network to Freedom sites.  You can view or download the Network to Freedom Underground Railroad Trail brochure and map by clicking on the following link.

Network to Freedom Trail