FREE LAND was the Cry!

The Homestead Act of 1862 transformed the world. Millions were invited to file claims including, families, immigrants, single women, and freed slaves. Over 10 percent of the United States was homesteaded! The land, long inhabited by American Indian cultures, changed forever. Homesteaders created settlements and farms, drove industrial advancement, and built our nation chasing the American Dream. Read More

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Millions of People, Millions of Stories

Discover homesteading stories of migration, risk taking, labor, sacrifice, hardship, and courage in the face of daunting odds.

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Black Homesteading in America

Many people homesteaded including formerly enslaved people, black people born as free citizens, and black immigrants.

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Things to do at Homestead

Considering a visit to Homestead? Use these suggestions to see what you can do!

10 State's Homestead Records Now Online.

Research Homestead Land Records!

Continue your research! Access Homestead Land Record case files today.

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Explore Three Miles of Trails

Social distance, connect with nature, and get some exercise. The trails through tallgrass prairie and Burr Oak woodland are here for you.

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Activities for Kids

Learn about kids activities at the park including Junior Ranger books and online activities!

Last updated: January 20, 2021

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Mailing Address:

8523 West State Highway 4
Beatrice , NE 68310

Phone:

(402) 223-3514

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