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 contest will resume again 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 $25.00 visa 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 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 6 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, Security First Bank and on this site. Registrations should be returned to the bank no later that May 30. Detailed maps will be available at each registered garage sale that weekend. We look forward to another successful year of garage sales!Cortland Fest
Get ready for games, balloons, a clown and some great food because this year "It's A Carnival." The annual all day community festival will be held on Saturday, June 27. Some activities planned are the antique tractor show and contest, car, truck & motorcycle "show and shine", a craft show, petting zoo, face painting, a medicine man show, a bounce house, and musical entertainment. There will be several rides including the horse-drawn trolley, ponies, a barrel train, and the circus nursery train. Little Tuggers will be sponsored again this year, as well as a bike ride, and ball games. The Village Museum will be open for the public, and let's not forget about the parade and the ever-popular spectacular fireworks show to end the day! Parade registration forms will be available at the Post Office and this site sometime around June 1. There will also be a free movie in the park at dusk on Friday evening, the 26th. Watch for information posted on our "CIA" bulletin board in the Post Office. Come join us for a day filled with lots of good fun and laughter!