A special National Monument, commemorating the passage of the Homestead Act of 1862, and the westward expansion of the United States of America, this 160 acre monument represents freedom and liberty for every American. Located in southern Nebraska, about four miles west of the small town of Beatrice, the monument is of great importance because it allowed qualified persons to claim up to 160 acres of federally owned land in exchange for five years of residence and the cultivation and improvement of the property.
The Homestead National Monument Commemorates this Act and the effects it had on Americans and land ownership. The monument has a lot of activities available to visitors. The visitors’ center has visual displays and exhibits depicting some of the early work of homesteaders and the growth of the movement which granted over a million U.S. citizens land ownership.
The graves of some pioneers of the movement are located on a hill near the main building, as well as a small log cabin firmly built on a neighboring homestead in 1867 and was later moved to the site, a restored schoolhouse is also at the resort, as well as hiking trails, and America's second oldest restored tallgrass prairie. Wildlife also roam the monument and it's surroundings, giving visitors the chance to see some of the animals that have inhabited the area for centuries. With such a rich history and a significant role in American development, Homestead National Monument is a must visit for history lovers.