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!
Courtesy of the Cortland Improvement Association, print this calendar for your personal use and find more things to celebrate throughout the year!Community Garage Sales
The Cortland community garage sales will be held on Friday, June 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The registration fee this year will be $7.00. Registration forms have been mailed to all Village residents. Extra registration forms are available at the Post Office, Security First Bank or on this site. Registrations should be returned to the bank no later than May 31. Detailed maps will be available at each registered garage sale that weekend. The Knights of Columbus will be collecting "good" unsold items again this year to donate to charity and will be at the St. James Church parking lot on Saturday afternoon. They will NOT be accepting large appliances, waterbeds or computers. Any additional questions, contact Security First Bank at (402) 798-7767. Click here for Garage Sale Registration Forms.Cortland Fest
Get ready for some fun in the sun! Our theme this year is "Beach Party." Cortland Fest will be an all day event held on Saturday, June 29. Some of the activities planned are a "sandy beach" play area, Antique Tractor Show and Contest, car show and shine, kids activities, musical entertainment, several food vendors, Little Tuggers, a photography contest, horse-drawn trolley rides, volleyball, a parade and spectacular fireworks - just to name a few!! Plans are not yet complete so we may include a few other events as well. Watch for more information as it becomes available.