Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City, Nebraska, is the original estate of J. Sterling Morton. It was on this property in 1872 that the idea for a tree-planting holiday was first conceived. It is estimated that nearly one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.

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 to explore and for special events under the direction of the Arbor Day Foundation. Arbor Lodge State Historical Park is owned by the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission.

Contact Information

Laura Steinman - Arbor Day Farm
Reservations and Information:

2611 Arbor Avenue, PO Box 817Nebraska City, NE 68410 US

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Open seasonally. Closed on Mondays throughout the year, except for Memorial Day and Labor Day.
  • Seasons Open

    April-October: 6 days/week. November-March: weekends only.
  • Prices and Fees

    Adults $9; Children 3-12 $7; Children 2 and under Free
  • Accessibility

    Handicap parking is available. The first floor of the Mansion is wheel chair accessible.