Homestead National Monument of America

In 1862, small farmers, women, formerly enslaved people, and settlers started moving west to seek a new life under the Homestead Act, which granted them free 160-acre parcels of land. The Homestead National Monument of America honors this attempt to democratize land ownership and eliminate slavery. It also examines the effects of the law on the Native American people who had lived on the land for generations. As you walk the tallgrass prairie, explore a prairie schoolhouse, and check out a homesteader's cabin built in 1867, you'll learn how this historic act changed the face of the United States forever.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Homestead National Monument of America

The Homestead National Monument of America offers a wide range of sites and activities to introduce you to the history, lives, and impact of homesteaders. Most of Nebraska's tallgrass prairie was plowed under by the new farmers. At the monument, however, the landscape has been restored to its 1860s-era glory. Explore historic structures, walk three miles of trails, and check out the well-curated educational exhibits.

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How To Get To Homestead National Monument of America

The Homestead National Monument of America sits just south of NE-4 in southeastern Nebraska. If you're coming from Lincoln, head south on US-77. Just north of Beatrice, turn west on W Hickory Road and south on SW 89 Road. When you hit NE-4, head east; the Heritage Center is located less than one mile down the road.

Address

8523 West State Highway 4, Beatrice, NE 68310

Fee: Entry fee $0

The Homestead National Monument of America provides a glimpse into one of the most influential periods in American history. If you're planning to camp nearby, an RV is a wonderful way to stay comfortable as you enjoy the pastoral beauty of the Nebraska prairies.