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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  • September 13, 2017
    The Arbor lodge is an interesting historical visit and the the park is beautiful. It isn't going to take up much of your time though. I would combine a visit here with the Arbor Farm Tree Adventure wh...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    The birthplace of Arbor Day! Filled with fantastic history, amazing period decor (some of it painstakingly created from originals found behind wall sconces), a quick and informative video, a look into...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    Couples, individuals and families will love a visit to Arbor Lodge. You do not have to have a park sticker to visit. Superb play area for kids. A gold fish pond on the south side of the park. Room to ...  more »
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  • April 29, 2017
    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.
  • April 6, 2017
    Incredible old home, and grounds with trees from around the world. It's a beautiful setting. Well worth the visit.
  • June 20, 2017
    Great place to go for a walk and spend a relaxing day.
  • January 12, 2017
    Beautiful lodge situated in a scenic setting. Olympic sized pool is amazing!
  • March 17, 2017
    Beautifully preserved historic home of J. Sterling Morton.

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