Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, Nebraska City

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Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and Arboretum is a mansion, state park, and arboretum located at 2300 2nd Avenue, Nebraska City, Nebraska. Park grounds are open daily; the mansion is open April–December daily.OverviewToday's 52-room neocolonial house began in 1855 for Julius Sterling Morton, originator of Arbor Day and Secretary of Agriculture in the 1890s under President Grover Cleveland. The house was originally a modest 4-room frame structure on 160acre. It was extended several times, most recently in 1903, and in later years served as the summer home for his son Joy Morton, namesake of Morton Salt Company. The mansion features Victorian and Empire furnishings, many of which were owned by the Mortons. Its sun parlor contains a fine Tiffany skylight with grape wreath design.The mansion currently functions as a museum and contains many items related to the early history of Nebraska, Otoe County, and Nebraska City (which was founded in 1854). A nearby outbuilding contains early carriages, steam-driven vehicles, fire wagons, and gasoline-driven vehicles.Trees were a central interest of J. Sterling Morton. He imported trees from all over the world in order to test their suitability to create windbreaks and otherwise break up the monotony of the great plains. The house is surrounded by 270 varieties of trees and shrubs, including gardens, apple orchards, and acres of oaks, maples, chestnuts, and pines, including at least 10 state-champion trees. Specimen trees are typically labeled with engraved bronze plates. Over the years, many of Arbor Lodge's apple orchards were demolished, but in the 1990s their restoration began with plantings of Winesaps, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Jonathans, and Jonadels.
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  • Again, here with my mother but does not give me that type of visit option. We were trying to find things to kill time so we drove up to the mansion. It’s absolutely stunning from the outside. Not sure...  more »
  • I really enjoyed my quick stop here. I didn't have a lot of time, so the lady there gave me a quick history of the house. I wish I would have had more time, but even my 30 minutes there was worth the ...  more »
  • Many years ago my wife and I took our engagement pictures here, the spring and fall are excellent times to visit, with so many colors and flowers abloom. There Manor is huge and an amazing building. I...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful homes from the 1800's. Loved this place as a child and even 40 years later it is still an amazing place to visit. A beautiful place to just spend the day walking around and relaxing. The staff is amazing and the period correct attire makes it all that more enjoyable.
  • Mixed feelings. I love the land, trees, the earth at the lodge is beautiful, but the ppl are tainted, rude and nasty ppl in neb. City
  • Beautiful place to visit. I'm lucky to live so close to this Nebraska treasure
  • Toured Arbor Mansion decorated for Christmas. Beautiful and so rich in NE history.
  • Beautiful grounds. Refreshing! While on your visit, take the time to tour the Mansion. Walk the trails and take it all in. Its very rich in history and beauty. Staff is beyond friendly, knowledgeable and are very willing to answer any questions that may arise. A definite must see in Nebraska City. It will not disappoint.

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