Step Back in Time at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City, Nebraska, is the original home of the Morton family.
It was here in 1872 that J. Sterling Morton and his wife Caroline conceived the idea for the first Arbor Day as a way to encourage people everywhere to plant trees so desperately needed. On the first Arbor Day, nearly one million trees were planted in Nebraska.
The highlight of this 72-acre park is the historic mansion, with its 52 rooms and countless historic artifacts belonging to the Morton Family. The park also includes an arboretum, Italian terraced garden, log cabin, carriage house, walking trails, more than 200 varieties of lilacs and a charming whispering bench.
The park grounds are open year-round; a park permit is not required to enter. The mansion is open for tours and special events under the direction of the Arbor Day Foundation.
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Arbor Lodge State Historical Park is managed by Arbor Day Farm and owned by the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission redirect.