Orchard, Nebraska

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Orchard is a village in Antelope County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 391 at the 2000 census.



  • Orchard Historical Society

The Orchard Historical Society was formed in 1989. The Historical Society is a non-profit organization and relies strictly on donations and fundraisers. The mission of the Historical Society is to preserve the history of the community of Orchard and the surrounding area.

  • Rex Theatre

Austin King and Lloyd Drayton built Rex Theatre in 1914. A feature film was shown on Tuesday and Wednesday and another on Saturday and Sunday. The original theatre had a capacity of 250-300 people. The interior was beautifully decorated and had every known convenience for the patrons. The last show for the Rex Theatre was held on Nov. 14, 1970.

In 1992 the Orchard Historical Society purchased the Rex Theatre from Don Cleveland family. The current building houses many artifacts from Orchard's past. The building is available for rent at a minimal cost. The Rex Theatre comfortably seats 100 people, has a modern kitchen, and is handicap accessible.

  • District 57 Schoolhouse

District 57 schoolhouse has a long history in Antelope County. According to the county superintendent, the district was one of the first rural schools in northwest Antelope County. It was organized on November 6, 1882.

Originally named Glen Alpine School because of its nearness to the pioneer post office of the same name, the school was known by many other names, including the Campbell School, Mtichell School and Willats School. The idea of preserving the school as a memorial to rural schools was that of former Orchard resident, Don McBride. Mr. McBride donated the building to the Orchard Historical Society. Many people helped with the restoration of the building. The school houses many furnishings from the time period that the school was used. A completely refurbished school was opened to the public on Sept. 15, 1991 as tribute to the rural schools of Nebraska. Recently the school has been used by the people of the community for birthday parties, the elementary grade school classes and various classes at the high school. The building is open by appointment only.


Approximately one block north of Orchard Public School, there is a collection of recreational facilities, including two baseball fields, a municipal pool, a playground area, tennis court, and batting cage.

Three miles north of Orchard is the Diamond B Trout Resort (originally Diamond E prior to sale). The trout resort can accommodate a number of guests in several cabins located around several spring-filled ponds. The resort was developed by local businessman, John Henry Eley, Jr., and later sold to its current owners. At one point, the new owners attempted a restaurant on the property, however it eventually shut down.


Around 2007, the villages of Clearwater, Orchard, Royal and Verdigre became the Unified School District #1 and began sharing administration between them. Subsequent to this, in 2009, presumably due to a lack of funds and a lack of student participation on both ends, school rivals, the Orchard Orioles football team, and the Clearwater Cardinals football team, combined to form the O-C Cyclones. After the initial trial year, it was decided that all sports teams between the two schools would combine under the O-C Cyclones banner.


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