Nebraska City, Nebraska: Whispering Bench

A large, stone, outdoor bench, built in a semi-circle 50 feet across. Sit on one end, whisper into the bench, and whoever's siting at the other end will hear you.

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

2600 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park. Enter the park from the north side of 2nd Ave. just west of its intersection with N. 22nd St., then immediate bear left. You'll quickly come to the bench parking area on the right; the bench is set back in the trees.
Park gates open M-Sa 9-5, Su 11-5 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Whispering Bench.

Whispering Bench

It is a little bit off the beaten path from the highway -- but you're rewarded with a beautiful drive through an arboretum to get there. Many different tree varieties -- an idyllic park. The Whispering Bench really does work!

[Lisa Pollice, 08/10/2022]

Whispering Bench

Whispering Bench

This "whispering bench" is located near the J. Sterling Morton memorial in Arbor Lodge State Park. Morton is the founder of Arbor Day. The bench is a large semi-circle. One person sits at each end of the bench. Lean over and whisper into the back of the bench and the person on the other end can hear you plain as day! Very cool ... fun for adults as well as kids.

[Craig Connolly, 06/10/2020]

The bench, built in 1905, has its own plaque describing how best to harness its whispering powers.

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