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Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

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Address: 2600 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410
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+1 402-873-7222
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Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
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Arbor Lodge in Nebraska City, Nebraska, was the home of the J. Sterling and...

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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Mansion and Park Day Trip

Lovely park with lots of shade and pic nic tables. The mansion has 52 rooms, but only half are on display. Would have loved to see the kitchen. Lots of history to see though... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 June 2016
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

Lovely park with lots of shade and pic nic tables. The mansion has 52 rooms, but only half are on display. Would have loved to see the kitchen. Lots of history to see though. We thought it was a bit expensive at 16.00 for 2 seniors.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

We squeezed this visit in at the last minute. The docent was very kind and gave us a bit more time as we had arrived just prior to closing. We had our toddler in tow. Not a great idea on our part. Had he been freshly napped maybe. Definitely will go back for more time.

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Fremont, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

Every Nebraskan and visitor to Nebraska should put this spot on their bucket list. Absolutely wonderful...Don't miss it!!!!!

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Sapulpa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

We lived in Nebraska City for five years, and visited this lovely old mansion many times. The grounds are glorious with blossoming color and the trees are plentiful, thanks to Mr. Morton who founded Arbor Day back in the mid 1800's and encouraged many to plant trees for preservation. The rooms are loaded with antique furniture of the past, and... More 

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Dundas, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

Had know idea of the history around "Arbor Day" of the J Sterling Morton family. Learned a lot touring this beautiful old home. A real treasure that should be maintained and the people of Nebraska City and the state of Nebraska to be proud of.

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Papillion, Nebraska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015 via mobile

...but the displays throughout were poorly done, with little explanation/context. Perhaps best example is a room on the top floor full of printing press type setting equipment. It's still unclear to me what that display had to do with the Morton family, who lived in the house.

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Omaha
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

Arbor Lodge is a great place to learn about the importance of trees to the American West and the success of free-pouring salt. Interested? Visit and find out about your courty's history.,

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

So I took the mansion tour and walked the grounds. I hadn't been since I was a kid. The mansion is fascinating and you learn a lot about its history and walking the trail is always relaxing and there is lots of trees to see. The squirrels were a plenty. I was sad the leaves hadn't all started changing which... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

We always enjoy the ground at Arbor Lodge. We did not tour the mansion this time - though we have in the past and it is a authentic piece of Nebraska history. We especially enjoy it in the fall with all of the color in the many trees. Our only complaint is that due to state funding cutbacks it is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

I have been to the Morton Mansion several times. Every time I go there is something new I was excited to see the rooms that were restored. My husband and I go to the Mansion every two years or so. But we go to the orchard every year. Next year we are going to take the path. Also I would... More 

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