Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and Arboretum
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Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and Arboretum
Arbor Lodge
Arbor Lodge.jpg
The front of Arbor Lodge.
Nearest city Nebraska City, Nebraska
Coordinates 40°40?50?N 95°52?54?W / 40.68056°N 95.88167°W / 40.68056; -95.88167Coordinates: 40°40?50?N 95°52?54?W / 40.68056°N 95.88167°W / 40.68056; -95.88167
Area 72 acres (29 ha)
Built 1855
Architect Jarvis Hunt (house)
Frederick Law Olmsted (grounds)
Architectural style Colonial Revival
NRHP reference # 69000135
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 16, 1969[1]
Designated NHL May 15, 1975[2]

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and Arboretum is a mansion, state park, and arboretum located at 2600 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, Nebraska, United States The Park's grounds are open daily; the mansion is open daily between March and November, weekends only through the winter.


J. Sterling Morton, creator of Arbor Day.

Today's 52-room neo-colonial house began in 1855 for J. 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 160 acres (65 ha). It was extended several times, most recently in 1903, and in later years served as the summer home for his son Joy Morton, founder 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 trellis 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 carriage house contains early carriages.

Trees were a central interest of J. Sterling Morton. He imported trees from all over the country 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.


See also


  1. ^ National Park Service (2006-03-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Morton, J. Sterling, House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved . 

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