This beautiful estate in Nebraska City was the original home of J. Sterling Morton, who founded Arbor Day -- the tree planter's holiday -- in 1872. From its beginning in 1855 as a four-room frame house, the magnificent mansion grew to 52 rooms through several renovations. Authentic furnishings and historical artifacts grace the rooms, and displays capture the life and times of this exceptional man.
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 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 for visitors. It's also available for private events; please call 402-873-8705 for additional information on hosting an event (meeting, wedding, etc.) at Arbor Lodge.
Grounds are open year-round; park entry permit is NOT required. Mansion admission fee applies; $8 adults; $6 youth (3-12).