• Sunflowers abloom on the prairie.

    Homestead

    National Monument of America Nebraska

Video Demonstrations

Farming was a key factor to the success of a homesteader. Click on one of the following demonstrations to watch and learn how homesteaders plowed, planted and harvested the land.

Plowing and Planting
[3 minutes][wmv file]

Corn Harvest
[3 minutes][wmv file]

Grain Harvest
[3 minutes 30 seconds][wmv file]

Did You Know?

Morning sun through trees

The Homestead Act of 1862 changed the world with its offer of free land. Millions of people immigrated to America seeking their fortune, shifting populations along with the power of governments.