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Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

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Address: 2600 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410
Phone Number: +1 402-873-7222
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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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My wife took our two daughters through the mansion and the kids loved it! As first graders and fifth graders the girls really loved all the history and "neat things" in the home... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife took our two daughters through the mansion and the kids loved it! As first graders and fifth graders the girls really loved all the history and "neat things" in the home. We were there for their Christmas season so each room was beautifully decorated.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Huge historical Home, huge trees and beautifully manicured grounds! Great photo ops around the house and in the gardens. Take the tour!

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely old home with history.. enjoyed going through it. Cool antiques. The grounds were very nice. Friendly staff. It needed painted though.

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ArborDayFarm, Guest Relations Manager at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, responded to this review

We are thankful for our visitor responses, and pleased that you enjoyed your visit. We are in a large renovation project with the Nebraska Game & Parks and the larger necessary projects were assigned first and are nearing completion. The visible projects as you mentioned will come in a additional phase and we hope you will return to watch our... More 

Sapulpa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Lake Wedington State Park is just 15 miles southeast of Siloam Springs, AR. People may tent camp, RV camp, or stay in one of their Rustic cabins. There is no electricity in the camps, but there is electricity, heat and nice rustic cabins with all your kitchen needs, ceiling fans, gigantic fireplaces, and even a rag rug in front of... More 

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Thank Phyllis453
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

as per the title plus a lot of stuff about trees, the founding of Arbor day. on summer weekends they have living history days. displays of old kitchen tools, coffins, needle point, taffy making, games and other things. plus volunteers giving talks on those things.

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Thank deaftouch
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Still furnished with all original family pieces. The guide gave a good historical review of the family and the house.

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Tempe, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Both my husband and I were originally from Nebraska and we have both visited Arbor Lodge many times. This visit was heart-breaking. The exterior of the Lodge is deplorable. It is seriously in need of paint, shutters, mold remediation. This is not the fault of the staff, but that the state has leased it to the private sector and they... More 

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Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a self guided tour of the home of J Sterling Morton and his wife Caroline. A lot of history, including several presidents having visited, Teddy Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland to name two. The woods and garden were nice to see including the elaborate Carriage house. It had an admittance fee of $8 per adult, but I'm sure it was... More 

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Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

The house is very interesting, but the family history is even more interesting. Be sure to check out the bowling alley in the basement and learn about the J Sterling's sons and their businesses

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Seward, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

We spent over an hour enjoying all 50+ rooms of this mansion. The historical information, as well as original furnishings, made this self-guided tour a gem-find. We highly recommend watching the short video, as well.

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