This beautiful estate in Nebraska City was home to J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day. From its beginning in 1855 as a four-room frame house, the magnificent mansion grew to 52 rooms through several re-modelings. Authentic furnishings grace the rooms, and displays capture the life and times of this exceptional man. The park also includes an arboretum, Italian terraced garden, log cabin, walking trails, more than 200 varieties of lilacs and a tree-themed playground.
The Morton family gave the grounds to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in 1923. In 2014, the Nebraska Game and Parks