Louis E. May Museum in Fremont offers unique look back in time

Published: Apr. 20, 2017 at 9:15 PM CDT
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When driving down Nye Avenue in Fremont, it’s hard to miss the gorgeous brick building with giant white pillars on the west side of the road.

The Louis E. May Museum is beautiful both inside and out. The museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fremont’s first mayor, Theron Nye, built the original structure in 1874.

“In about 1900, he gave the property to his son Ray and his wife,” said Jeff Kappeler, Director of the Dodge County Historical Society. “They remodeled the house at a cost of $30,000 in 1901-1902. That was a small fortune at that time.”

The home has withstood time, and not much has changed over the years.

“One of the unique features is the decorative railing the follows the roof perimeter and the outline of the porches,” said Kappeler.

The railing was replaced earlier this year.

“We're trying to return the exterior to its 1901-1902 appearance, and that was a major architectural feature that we needed to replace.‬”

‪Kappeler says, like any other home, the museum needs consistent attention and upkeep.

“Right now, we're having all the lead-based paint removed from the wood trim and stabilizing the trim. We’re making necessary repairs and bringing the paint condition up to modern standards.”

The May Museum will be open the 4th Wednesday of April through December.

Hours are 1:30-4:30 PM, Wednesday through Saturday.

For more information on how to tour the home, click