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Arbor Lodge

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Nebraska City, NE, United States, Nebraska, USA 68410
Year Built/Circa: 1855
Current Use: Museum
Current Owner: State Owned
Vacancy: Occupied
Historic Significance: Today's 52-room neocolonial house began in 1855 for Julius Sterling Morton, originator of Arbor Day and Secretary of Agriculture in the 1890s under President Grover Cleveland.
Architect Builder Engineer: Jarvis Hunt (house) Frederick Law Olmsted (grounds) Architectural style: Colonial Revival

The house was originally a modest 4-room frame structure on 160 acres (65 ha). It was extended several times, most recently in 1903, and in later years served as the summer home for his son Joy Morton, namesake of Morton Salt Company. The mansion features Victorian and Empire furnishings, many of which were owned by the Mortons. Its sun parlor contains a fine Tiffany skylight with grape wreath design.



Trees were a central interest of J. Sterling Morton. He imported trees from all over the world in order to test their suitability to create windbreaks and otherwise break up the monotony of the great plains. The house is surrounded by 270 varieties of trees and shrubs, including gardens, apple orchards, and acres of oaks, maples, chestnuts, and pines, including at least 10 state-champion trees.

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