Arbor Lodge

Also known as: Morton,J. Sterling,House; Arbor Lodge State Park
Arbor Lodge State Park, W of Nebraska City, Nebraska City, Nebraska


Arbor Lodge

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 2006




From 1855 until his death, this was the residence of J. Sterling Morton (1832-1902), agriculturalist, public official, and the founder of Arbor Day. As Secretary of Agriculture (1893-97) under President Cleveland, he introduced new areas of research. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 15, 1975

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 16, 1969
Reference number
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival
Areas of significance
Landscape Architecture; Politics/Government; Architecture; Communications; Agriculture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Agricultural outbuildings
Current functions
Museum; Institutional housing; Park
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
1855; 1902
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 9
Contributing structures: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • April 27, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody