Cortland, Nebraska is a small home-town community located mid-way between Lincoln & Beatrice on Highway 77 in Gage County. It was founded in 1883 and with the completion of the railroad line from Lincoln to Beatrice, it boomed to its peak population of 600 residents in one season. The surrounding countryside had been settled for many years by farmers which also gave Cortland splendid business from the start.
The community presently has a population of 482. There are over 40 businesses, a volunteer fire department and rescue unit, post office, a museum, churches, daycares, housing developments, and several organizations. There is also a community center, park, and ball park, as well as the Homestead Trail, which runs directly through town.
There are many great activities hosted in town throughout the year, including: Cortland Fest, the Easter Egg hunt, Santa Claus, Spookfest, and Garage Sales. These events are sponsored by the Cortland Improvement Association. Please take a moment to browse through our new site. Thanks for visiting!
We are thrilled to welcome several new businesses! The Beatrice Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for these exciting new entrepreneurs! Visit the links for more info.
Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Come and join in weekly food and fellowship with Bingo after lunch! For those 60 and under, $6, for 60+ a $4 donation is suggested. Located in the southwest corner of the Community Center. Volunteers provide setup, serving and cleanup.
Every Tuesday night 6:30-9:00, every 2nd, 4th and 5th Thursday 6:00-9:00. Come and join in some old-fashioned fun with live country music at the Opry House in Cortland. Located at 305 W. 4th Street, guests are encouraged to bring snacks. See ya'll there!
Hop on up to the Community Center and join the Easter Bunny for a fun-filled egg hunt! Registration begins at 9:30 and the hunt starts at 10:15 sharp!
The annual contest will resume in 2021 during the months of May, June, July, August and September. Judges will pick one home each month to be the winner of a $25 gift card, a sign in their yard, and a photo in the garden section of the Voice News.
Friday-Saturday, June 4-5, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The registration fee will be $8.00. Registration forms will be mailed out to all Village residents. Registrations will include all the information on what date they should be returned and where. Detailed maps will be available at each registered garage sale that weekend. We look forward to successful year of sales!
This annual all-day community event begins on Friday - Festivities begin at dusk on Friday night. Stay tuned for more info!
Friday Night July 9 and July 30 at dusk We will be having our annual free movies again this year. They take place Friday evenings at dusk on July 9 and July 30, 2021. Concessions of popcorn and pop will be available for purchase. Hope to see a big crowd this summer!
August 6, 2021, 6:00-7:30pm: Come and celebrate the end of summer with food, games, music and movies in the park.
October 23, 2021: The annual Halloween event will be held with at the Community Center and Park. Activities will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
December 11, 2021 9:00-11:00a.m.: Once again Santa will be arriving at the Cortland Community Center! There will be activities and refreshments from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
December 15, 2021: Got great lights? Show them off for a chance to win $100, $75 or $50! Have your lights on from 6-9pm