For those lovers of the Great Outdoors, Butler County has a nature trail that is sure to please. This project of the Lower Platte South NRD runs between Valparaiso and Brainard on the corridor formerly occupied by the Union Pacific Railroad. A crushed limestone main trail is ideal for hiking, running and biking, and there is also a natural surface equestrian trail for riders. Beautiful woodland and scenic views await along this approximately 12-mile stretch. The Oak Creek Trail is a fun and scenic way to get some exercise and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature.
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Makovicka winery is a wine-lovers haven, nestled in the scenic rolling hills of the Bohemian Alps. This family-owned and operated winery and tasting room is open for the public to enjoy on the weekends, or by appointment. Take a tour through their production room, stroll through the vineyard’s picnic area and walkway, or sit on the patio and relax with a glass of Makovicka Wine.
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This Gothic-style Church completed construction and celebrated its first mass on June 10, 1888. The fact that it was Trinity Sunday is said to have lent to the Church’s name. In addition to intricate brickwork, the Church recently took on a major renovation that sought to restore some of the original look at feel of the early structure. Many of the original statues were rescued and refurbished, and can be seen back in their original home of Holy Trinity.
Another significant structure in the Brainard community is the ZCBJ Hall built in 1916. The hall was originally built by members of the ZCBJ Lodge, an organizing chapter of the Nationally known Czech Lodge, Zapdni Cesko Bratrska Jednota. Under the then Constitution and By-Laws, membership in this Lodge was restricted to only men of Czech descent, who came to the United States as immigrants. Over the years it has been used as a meeting house, gymnasium, playhouse, dance hall, and movie theater. In 1970, it was sold to the Raskey Brothers who now use it for storage of their impressive automotive collection.
The owners of Raskey Motors have gathered an incredible collection of old cars and motorcycles, including Studebakers and Hondas, over the years – so incredible that this collection is now stored and maintained in five buildings in the Brainard area. Classic Car groups can arrange to take a guided tour through portions of the collection, if they don’t mind making a trip off the beaten path. This collection is truly a hidden treasure in Butler County!
Begun in 2005, Jisa’s Premium Farmstead Cheese is a 6,000 square foot plant that produces an incredible variety of premium deli-style cheese. Tours are available of this facility, where visitors can watch the entire process of Grade A whole milk, produced from this family’s dairy less than a mile away, being used to make cheese.
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