Nestled at the foot of a wooded bluff, two miles east of Homer, Nebraska is a historical complex maintained by the Dakota County Historical Society. In this complex stands the historic O’Connor House. This fifteen-room, two-story brick home was built in the Italianate style by The O’Connor Family and is registered as a National Historical Landmark.
The O’Connor Family’s story begins in Ireland. Cornelius O’Connor immigrated with his parents from Cork County to the United States in 1829 at the age of eight. Catherine Duggan, born in Shandagan, Ireland was also eight years old when she immigrated with her family to the United States in 1831. Cornelius and Catherine were married in New York in 1852. In 1857, they left New York, traveled to Dakota County, eventually homesteading and farming east of Homer in 1863.
By Marci Broyhill
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