Nebraska City Journals

An Encounter with the Original Arbor Day

A travel journal to Nebraska City by Casual Tourist

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park Photo, Nebraska City, Nebraska More Photos
Quote: Trees, orchards, an antebellum mansion, the underground railroad -- Nebraska City has it all.

An Encounter with the Original Arbor Day

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Arbor Lodge is the house of my dreams. Once owned by J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day, it is now open to tourists for .00 adult admission.

The Apple Barn and J. Sterling Morton Orchard, located adjacent to the mansion, were great places to visit and sample some local produce.

John Brown's cabin is not somewhere I'd want to live, but in his basement one can see where slaves traveling the underground railroad spent time on their route to freedom.

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Embers Steakhouse & Lounge

Restaurant | "Embers Steakhouse & Lounge"

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The lighting in Embers Steakhouse was subdued and the atmosphere pleasant. I've classified it as fine dining because that was the category that best seemed to fit it, though depending on your mood, one could say that it was romantic. The food was excellent as was the service. Good steaks.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Embers Steakhouse & Lounge
1102 4th Avenue
Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410
(402) 873-6416

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Attraction | "Arbor Lodge"

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park Photo, Nebraska City, Nebraska
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Arbor Lodge is a marvelously preserved antebellum mansion. Admission is only $3.00 for adults and includes the mansion and the outbuildings where buggies and vehicles from the day are stored. Once the home of J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day, the house testifies to the wealth and station in life that this man held. My favorite room in the mansion was a sitting room that was more like a greenhouse than anything else. Wonderful marble and rich woods are everywhere in the house as well as the one of a kind imports that Morton acquired for his mansion. Of course, as with many mansions built in this era, there is a one-lane bowling alley in the basement. This i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park
2300 2nd Avenue
Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410
(402) 873-7222

John Brown Cave

Attraction | "John Brown's Cave"

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John Brown's Cave sits under John Brown's cabin, which is a very modest residence. A guide takes you down under the cabin to where slaves would hide enroute to freedom in the north. It was eerie imagining what it must have been like to have had to hide within those dark, dank dirt tunnels with fear in your throat at every sound that came from above.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

John Brown Cave
18th Street & Business Highway 2
Nebraska City 68470

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Well, the orchard was just an apple orchard, but the Barn, now that was something else. Not your average barn, this is an Apple Barn, set up to receive visitors and sell the wares from the orchard. There is a demonstration on the making of cider and the equipment used to do this is open for display. Also, there is a display hive of bees and information on the making of honey. There is nothing more succulent than to take a waxy chunk of hive dripping with sweet honey into your mouth, savoring its delights while watching this little living creature obliviously labor away.

Fall is a great time of year to visit the Apple Barn.