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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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  • We were there after hours, so we didn't tour the house or visit the shops, but the grounds and park are lovely to stroll.  more »
  • This mansion is absolutely gorgeous. The grounds are amazing. I couldn't get over how pretty it was. The inside was just as stunning. It would have been like living in a fairytale. It's 3 stories and ...  more »
  • Nice old mansion that started out as a small house. Just shows what kind of workmanship was available at the time, beautiful woodwork and furnishings. Shows how far one can go with their imagination a...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Incredible old home, and grounds with trees from around the world. It's a beautiful setting. Well worth the visit.
  • Beautiful lodge situated in a scenic setting. Olympic sized pool is amazing!
  • Beautifully preserved historic home of J. Sterling Morton.
  • Loved the Morton Mansion, and the Marketplace. The cherry wine I bought was amazing.