This beautiful estate in Nebraska City was the original home of J. Sterling Morton, who thought up the Arbor Day holiday in 1872. From its beginning in 1855 as a four-room frame house, the mansion grew to 52 rooms through several renovations. Authentic furnishings and historical artifacts grace the rooms.
Today, Arbor Lodge State Historical Park is owned by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, but is managed by the Arbor Day Foundation.
The mansion is typically open daily in the spring, summer, and fall and on weekends during the winter months for self-guided tours and offers several special events throughout the year. It's also available for private events; please call 402-873-8705 to host an event (meeting, wedding, etc.) at Arbor Lodge.
Grounds are open year-round; park entry permit is NOT required. Mansion admission fee applies; $9 adults; $7 youth (3-12).