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Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and Arboretum

2300 2nd Ave.
Nebraska City  Nebraska  68410
United States
(402) 873-7222
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Tina King
Visitors can tour the 52-room, neo-colonial house and acreage that were once home to Arbor Day founder J. Sterling Morton.

This park is a nice place to visit even if you're not going across the road to the more kid-centric Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure. There are more than 260 species of flowers, shrubs and trees on the 65-acre property, and plenty of benches where you can stop and take it all in. The park's crown jewel is the 52-room Neocolonial Arbor Lodge, once home to Arbor Day Founder J. Sterling Morton. The house had just four rooms when it was built in 1855, but it was expanded and later finished by Morton's son Joy founder of the Morton Salt Company. The interior features Victorian and Empire-style furnishings and a Tiffany glass skylight. Tours are inexpensive, but make sure you have cash, as the tour desk isn't set up for debit or credit cards. Don't miss the fun "whispering bench" near the Morton statue, where people sitting at each end can hear one another whisper into the back of the bench. The park includes picnic and playground space and on fall weekends horse-drawn carriage rides and living history demonstrations.

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