In 1869 Jasper Anderson Ware moved his wife and three little daughters to a house in the country. His wife exclaimed that she could not live in such a 'wild wood'. The family grew to love their home in southeastern Nebraska and it is now known as the Wildwood Historic Center.
The property includes a Gothic style house with two parlors, dining room, kitchen and pantry downstairs in which even the interior walls are brick. The open stairway leads to four upstairs bedrooms and the maid’s quarters which were also reached from the back stairs.
Each room is completely furnished in the elegance of the Victorian era. Local residents donated most of the authentic furnishings but many of the items are original possessions of the Ware family.
After the passing of the last immediate family member the land was purchased and the house restored by some local citizens of Nebraska City. The property was later given to the City of Nebraska City and has been open for tours since 1970. Visitors can wander through the beautiful Victorian Garden, shop in The Barn Art Gallery for arts & crafts, or go on a historical tour of Wildwood House. (admission fee required for house).
The Wildwood Historic Center has been listed on the National Registry of Historic Places as the Jasper A. Ware House since 1973.