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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
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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Amazing historical site.

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

Reviewed 17 October 2016
Rita E
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

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

Thank Rita E
Tempe, Arizona
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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 

Thank Annie B
Millington, Tennessee
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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 

Thank MaryNDaveP
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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

Thank dlk1716
Seward, Nebraska
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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.

Thank Jan B
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

What a great place to visit. The historical family home of J Stirling Morton of Morton Salt (apparently world famous but I'd never heard of it until I visited here) and founder of Arbor Day. The centre piece is the beautiful big home. The lovely lady upon entering is very friendly and full of interesting information on the Morton family... More 

Thank Andrew D
Topeka, Kansas
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

It was nice to be allowed to view every room in the Mansion and see the grounds and carriages as well. The video history presentation was well done. The tour guides were good but be aware that an additional $5 per person will be charged.

Thank bettyloupardue
Central City, Nebraska
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

Lots of state and national history. Very interesting home that explains very well the background of this area.

Thank Spot7878
Lubbock, Texas
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

Take a scenic walk from the Lied Lodge to the Morton home among the trees and along the old cobblestone road. Walk a little further to the statue and sit at the two ends of the whispering bench for fun. When it's quiet you can even hear the Cottonwoods clapping their hands (Is. 55:12).

Thank renee w
Deming, New Mexico
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

A very interesting home with many artifacts and pictures worth seeing. It is three stories plus a basement so it can be difficult if you have mobility issues.

Thank dqdick

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