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Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

2600 Arbor Ave, Nebraska City, NE 68410
+1 402-873-7222
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Typical Park but beautiful to walk through

The Arbor lodge is an interesting historical visit and the the park is beautiful. It isn't going to... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Nebraska City, Nebraska
Tree-mendous history

The birthplace of Arbor Day! Filled with fantastic history, amazing period decor (some of it... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Stephanie R
Lexington, Nebraska
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Arbor Lodge in Nebraska City, Nebraska, was the home of the J. Sterling and Caroline Morton family. The four-room house built in 1855 was renovated over the years into a Victorian-style mansion. The 52-room mansion includes many Morton family Victorian and Empire-era furnishings. Guests may stroll the gardens and trails to view towering trees, many of which were planted by the Morton family. Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and Arboretum encompasses 72 acres of wooded area and gardens, with over 260 species of trees and shrubs.
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2600 Arbor Ave, Nebraska City, NE 68410
+1 402-873-7222
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 which is right across the street.

Thank jonathanstelling
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 history and yet tied to current times, this stop is memorable! Great preservation inside...More

Thank Stephanie R
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 walk, have a picnic and...More

Thank jazzr_babe56
Reviewed 28 August 2017

The story of this mansion and the family that lived there is interesting. It was fascinating looking at all the different rooms in this home. I enjoyed it more than my husband but he liked it too. I might go back sometime.

Thank Tranderso
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Arbor Lodge has wonderful history and beautiful grounds! The staff is very informative and the ladies at the front desk set this place apart from anything else. They are nice, sweet and informative. I can't wait to go back after the exterior renovations this fall!

Thank mikeryan012
Reviewed 24 August 2017

Love the history here, wandering the rooms and learning about the family was very enjoyable. Definitely worth the visit if you are in the area.

Thank Steven M
Reviewed 23 August 2017

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon walking the grounds of Arbor Lodge. It is always so peacful and makes you think of the Morton's and the life they enjoyed there. You can tour the mansion, we didn't this trip. However, the barns are open, as are...More

Thank Louetta S
ArborDayFarm, Guest Relations Manager at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Thank you all for the comments on our Arbor Lodge Mansion and grounds. Our team is working tirelessly to beautify, restore, and maintain the area. You will have to stop again soon, the fish pond has been restored and the fish have returned this week...More

Reviewed 4 August 2017

First time through this lovely mansion. Lots of interesting facts about the founding family and the area. If you are into local history that also influenced the rest of the United States history, then you should spend time here.

Thank 114evangelineg
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Just a beautiful park with amazing vegetation. The whispering bench and statue of Daphne and J. Sterling Morton are a must see spot as is the mansion. The mansion tour offers a detailed history of the Morton family as well as Arbor Day. It is...More

Thank Erin F
Reviewed 22 June 2017

We toured the mansion years ago and decided to stop and do it again. I had forgotten how beautiful this stop is. I learned more this time about the history of the family and the home and their love of this property. We had a...More

Thank DGR33
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Barbara S
11 May 2015|
Response from ArborDayFarm | Property representative |
Mrs. Stone, we are pleased that you will be coming for a visit to Arbor Day Farm and Arbor Lodge. Camping is available in Nebraska City at the Marina along the Missouri River and Victorian Acres. Susan Freshman, Guest... More