Attractions & More
In addition to nearly 3,000 acres of conservation and recreation land to explore, there are also many attractions and events in Mills County worth experiencing.
The Mills County Historical Museum was established to preserve the county’s heritage. It houses a large collection of early-day artifacts as well as what is believed to be the Midwest’s largest collection of Native American arrowheads and tools. Exhibits also include original firefighting equipment, carriages, home conveniences and machine and hand tools. There is also a Native American earth lodge, a one-room rural school, a former Henderson town jail and a Burlington railroad caboose on display.
The Indian Creek Historic Museum located in rural Hastings preserves a collection of antique farm machinery and tools as well as vintage tractors and engines.
Other points of interest are the historic Malvern Mural and Viners Antique Toy/Car Museum in Malvern, Salem Lutheran Church (built in 1867) in rural Mineola, and Waubonsie Church (built in 1854) in rural Glenwood.
Mills County draws in visitors year-round for the various events and festivals held in each of the towns. Glenwood hosts Keg Creek Days on the last weekend in August, which includes live entertainment, games and specialty booths. Emerson holds Emerson Days on the first weekend in September, featuring a parade, bar-b-que, games, heritage clothing style show and threshing days. Pacific Junction hosts Whistle Stop Days in September.
The Mills County Fair, held in Malvern for five days over the last weekend in July, is a much-anticipated event that includes 4-H and open class exhibits and live entertainment.
Visitors to Mills County have several lodging options, including Castle Unicorn, a bed and breakfast in rural Pacific Junction that offers 400 acres of outdoor beauty and serenity. Several motels are in Glenwood as well as one on Interstate 29 and Pierce’s Crossing in rural Malvern.