Arbor Lodge is a beautiful 52 room mansion built by J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day. He was a newspaper man, a Territorial Governor, and Secretary of Agriculture under Grover Cleveland. His son Joy was head of the Morton Salt Company, Paul was Secretary of the Navy under Teddy Roosevelt, Carl was founder of Argo Cornstarch.
It was originally a four-room frame house built in 1855, and is thought to be the only frame house between the Missouri River and the Rocky Mountains at that time. J. Sterling and his wife Caroline added the other rooms onto the house while they were living in it.
We did not have a guided tour, but were allowed to visit the house on our own. Signs with details about the rooms/furniture/decorations are posted on the inside of each room. We were allowed to step just inside most rooms. It takes about an hour just to go through the house and there is a carriage house and hiking trails on the grounds. Several trees planted in the 1800's are still standing.
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