Monday, October 20, 2014

'The Well' Celebrates One Year In Thompson Mansion

Anyone who has driven on west 10th Street over the past year has noticed the impressive restoration of one of Dorchester's most historic homes -- the old estate of Dorchester pioneer W.J. Thompson.  

The 3,000 sq. ft. home, built in 1901, sits on the corner of 10th and Lincoln Avenue and is an intriguing piece of Nebraska's past as it was the site of Dorchester's famous Elmwood Pony Farm.

The Thompson mansion is now home to Dorchester's newest business, The Well.

Co-owner Julie Holly says the businesses name is short for "wellness" -- and because her husband Joe drills water wells. 

Holly's goal for the Saline County community is wellness -- wellness through massage, eating healthy and exercise.  The Well, which opened about 11 months ago, has been visited by many healthy folk in our area, including the local Jolly Doer's Club.  

Word is spreading that this unique business is for those who are serious about living a healthier lifestyle.  The Well offers massages, essential oils, soaps and lotions, crafts -- even yoga class and learning sessions on essential oils.  The Well offers healthy snack items, fresh herbs grown at the Holly farm and herb plants started in the Holly green house. A faith-based weight loss group is also in the works.

"One day we  hope to have a bed and breakfast in the upper portion of the house," Holly said, noting that the renovation is ongoing so visitors are able to experience the house as it changes.  

Holly added, "Joe and I are trying to bring the house back to its early 1900's roots. ... Our hope is to share this house with the community. People are welcome to stop by whenever they see we are there. I post a sign at the door during massages so my clients are not disturbed."

Holly is currently in the process of getting the house on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Hours of operation are currently 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays; and by appointment.  The hours are subject to change. 

The Well's phone number is 402-418-1838.  The Well has a Facebook page, too, where specials are posted.  If you would like to come for a tour, it is best to make arrangements ahead of time to ensure there is no conflict. 


  1. I went to one of julies class thursday night. I have to say that it is very interesting, and she did a great job, the house is beautiful, and the hard wood floors. She talked about doing more. Its a very neat house.It has a lot of history in the house, and Julie knows quite a bit about the history too. Julie is a very nice lady, very smart about her business, and I think she will do very well. I would recommended her to anyone, I had a very good time there. Congrats to Julie and Joe, I think you will be a very busy gal, in this up coming year.

  2. Way to go little sis!


  3. Julie's deep tissue massage does wonders for my aching back and shoulder. And the soothing music she plays... so very relaxing!

  4. Congratulations Julie! The house is beautiful and so are you. Don't work too hard though!


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