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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Homestead Roots Deep in the South

A NEW mini documentary about sharing family history and the discovery of homestead roots in the South.

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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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Submit a Homestead Story

By acquiring historic homestead Land Entry Records, write and submit a story along with the records to add to the park's repository!

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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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Educational Videos

Discover videos that compliment curriculum of all age levels.

Last updated: January 26, 2024

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