This beautiful estate in Nebraska City was home to J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day. From its beginning in 1855 as a four-room frame house, the magnificent mansion grew to 52 rooms through several re-modelings. Authentic furnishings grace the rooms, and displays capture the life and times of this exceptional man. The park also includes an arboretum, Italian terraced garden, log cabin, walking trails, more than 200 varieties of lilacs and a tree-themed playground.
The Morton family gave the grounds to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in 1923. In 2014, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission entered a cooperative agreement with the Arbor Day Foundation for the Foundation to manage and operate Arbor Lodge State Historical Park. The park grounds are open year-round and a park permit is not required to enter.
The mansion is open for tours and special events. The Lied Lodge & Conference Center, a fully renovated hotel and meeting facility, is located nearby.
For information about the mansion and surrounding grounds, tours, special attractions, events and more, visit the Arbor Day Farm website.
Address: Arbor Lodge State Historical Park | 2600 Arbor Ave. | Nebraska City, Neb. 68410-0015
Phone: (402) 873-7222