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!
The annual all day community festival will be held on Saturday, June 25. Some of the activities planned will include a color run, a lawnmower competition, the antique tractor show and contest, petting zoo, pony rides, face painters, Jelly Bean the Clown, inflatable games, and Little Tuggers. Rides will include the horse-drawn trolley and the circus nursery train. There will be musical entertainment and jams at several locations around town, along with food vendors and a parade. The Village Museum will be open to the public for most of the day. In the evening, at the ball park, there will be glow necklaces for sale, a kickball game, and the ever-popular spectacular fireworks show to end the day! There will be a free movie in the park at dusk on Friday evening, the 24th; and a Cortland United Church service in the park on Sunday morning, the 26th. Watch for additional information posted on our "CIA" bulletin board in the Post Office and at this site. Parade registration forms and activity flyers will be at the Post Office and this site sometime after June 1. Come join us for a day filled with lots of food, fun and laughter!Community Clean Up Day
The annual community clean up will be held on Saturday, May 7 in the parking lot of the Cortland Community Center from 8:00 a.m. until Noon. Several dumpsters will be brought in to accommodate this event. No hazardous waste or tires will be accepted. Electronics are OK. Metal will go on a load to be recycled with income going to the Fire Department Explorers. Notify our Village Maintenance guy, Adam German, or any Fire Department member if you need curbside pickup.Yard of the Month
The third annual contest will resume this year for the months of May, June, July, August and September. Judges will pick one home each month to be the winner of a $25 visa gift card, a sign in your yard, and a photo in the garden section of the Voice News.Community Garage Sales
The Cortland community garage sales will be held on Friday, June 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The registration fee will be $7.00. Registration forms will be mailed out to all Village residents shortly after May 1. Extra registration forms will be available at the Post Office and Security First Bank. Registrations should be returned to the bank by the deadline date printed on the form. Detailed maps will be available at each registered garage sale that weekend. We look forward to another successful year of garage sales!Flag Retirement Ceremony
The Cortland, Hallam and Hickman American Legion Posts take turns hosting the flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day. This year Hickman will be hosting on Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hickman Legion Hall. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. Old flags will be collected at the Legion Hall on Saturday, June 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. You can contact Martin Neal at (402) 770-4992 if you have further inquiries or need to make special arrangements to have flags picked up.