Step Back in Time at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

  • The grounds of the park take on another kind of beauty in the winter months—a peaceful blanket of white.
  • Christmas at the Mansion, Nov 16-Dec. 22: Colorful poinsettias and greenery flank the grand staircase at Arbor Lodge, J. Sterling Morton’s 52-room mansion. See events calendar for details.
  • Christmas at the Mansion, Nov 16-Dec. 22: The Morton Family and distinguished guests of Arbor Lodge gathered for lavish dinners, particularly during the holiday season. Shown here, a typical holiday table setting, complete with traditional Christmas crackers. See events calendar for details.
  • Christmas at the Mansion, Nov 16-Dec. 22: Experience J. Sterling Morton’s 52-room mansion at its festive best this holiday season with vintage décor and special holiday-themed collections on display to get you into the spirit of the season. See events calendar for details.

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City, Nebraska, is the original estate of J. Sterling Morton—the founder of Arbor Day.

It was on this property in 1872 that J. Sterling and his wife, Caroline, initiated their vision for a greener, more tree-filled world—a challenge to people everywhere to plant trees so desperately needed. It is estimated that nearly one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872.

The showpiece 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.

To schedule a group tour of the mansion, call

To plan a wedding or meeting at the mansion, call

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park is managed by Arbor Day Farm and owned by the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission redirect.

Ready to explore all that Arbor Day Farm has to offer? Plan your visit today.