With the promise of Free Land, the Homestead Act of 1862 enticed millions to cultivate the frontier. Families, immigrants, women, and freed slaves flooded 10 percent of the nation’s land to chase their American Dream. American Indian cultures and natural environments gave way to diverse settlement, agricultural success, and industrial advancement—building our nation and changing the land forever. Read More
FREE LAND was the cry!
Fall activities at Homestead!
There are plenty of things to do during the fall at Homestead National Monument! Plan your visit today!
World War I and Homesteading
Homestead historian releases research paper investigating the relationship between World War I and the Homestead Act
Historic Tractor On Permanent Display
Ken Deardorff, the nation's last homesteader's, tractor has been saved from the wild's of Alaska and is on permanent display at Homestead.
Get your National Parks pass today!
There is no fee to visit Homestead NM, but if you plan to visit other parks that do charge an entrance fee, you can get your pass here!
Access Digitized Homestead Records!
Continue your research! Access Homestead Land Record case files today.
Educational Opportunities at Homestead
Learn about the field trip and distance learning opportunities available through Homestead National Monument!
Last updated: November 9, 2018