Millions of People, Millions of Stories
People traveled across the country and around the world to take part in homesteading. Homesteaders came from a variety of backgrounds and faced many unique challenges. Immigrants, formerly enslaved people, women, and more claimed homesteads and each one has a unique story.
Nearly four million homesteaders settled land across 30 states over 123 years. These stories have remained largely untold. Homestead National Historical Park is working to collect and share the stories of homesteaders.
The Mosaic of Homesteader Backgrounds
Explore the stories of different groups of people who homesteaded across the United States.
Last updated: October 25, 2021