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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Things to do at Homestead

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

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Discover Opportunities at the Park

Discover what there is to do on your visit to Homestead National Historical Park!

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Research Homestead Land Records

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

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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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Women Homesteaders

Explore the stories of women homesteaders across the United States.

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Latin Homesteaders

Learn about some of the Latin homesteaders and watch videos available in English and Spanish.

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Activities for Kids

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

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Homestead Story Videos

This video series was produced by Lincoln Public Schools from footage and interviews from the park film Land of Dreams.

Last updated: September 1, 2023

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