The museum collection at Homestead National Monument of America has some fantastic donations given by family members of Daniel Freeman as well as significant personal items from the last homesteader himself, Kenneth Deardorff.
Ken Deardorff’s documents and artifacts relating to his homestead include his original patent, dog sled, pelt stretcher, draw knife and his rifle.
A relative of Daniel and Agnes Freeman, Betsy Menzel from Ohio donated Daniel Freeman’s sword, a family wedding dress, and photographs. All of these donations have the Homestead National Monument of America Museum Collection a fantastic representation of homesteading life.
Did You Know?
To "Prove up" a homestead, the owner was required to make improvements including building a home, breaking the soil, and planting a crop for 5 years.