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Homestead National Monument of America

8523 W. State Hwy 4, Beatrice, NE
402-223-3514
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Beatrice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Landmarks
Activities: Walking
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Owner description: The homestead site of Daniel Freeman, America's first claimant of the 160 acres of free land granted to those willing to help settle the west.

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Holly Springs, North Carolina, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This was a surprise to my friend and I. We never knew much about homesteading, but now are fairly well versed. The displays and artifacts are well thought out and impressive in quantity and quality. The trail from the education center to the Heritage Center is a nice with a chance to see wildlife---we saw deer---, see farm equipment, plantings... More

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Olympia, Washington
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41 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This a must see if you are anywhere near Beatrice, Nebraska. I am a student of history and I learned a great deal here. The exhibits are top notch and the walk through the prairie was great.

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ASHLAND
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This place truly is a hidden treasure. The facilities are beautiful and full of great information, pictures, recordings, and stuff. It is well worth a trip

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Richmond, Texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This is a remote National Park Service facility located in the middle of nowhere (outside Beatrice, Nebraska). We really didn’t know what to expect and were pleased to see a very modern, extensive museum dedicated to the history of the homestead movement in America. The ranger on duty explained the site was the very first homestead plot issued when the... More

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Mena, Arkansas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed out visit here ! A real eye opener on how hard life was for the settlers. The staff is friendly and full of information !

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York, Pennsylvania
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79 reviews 79 reviews
35 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

Homesteading in the U.S. Is almost an untold story, but this place sets that right. You don't know U.S. History until you know about it. This venue is the genuine article, located on the grounds of Homestead Claim #1. In this part of Nebraska, it deserves to be the top attraction. Two comments: The orientation movie was a little long... More

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Connecticut
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58 reviews 58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This national monument is dedicated to The Homestead Act of 1862, and is located at the site of the first homesteading property. There are very interesting exhibits in the Visitor Center, including a informative movie, as well as outdoor exhibits. They provide a balanced presentation of the effect of The Homestead Act on families moving west and the Native Americans... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is a very well balanced story of the effects of the homesteading on both the Native Americans and the homesteaders. The grounds are immaculate and the staff was friendly and helpful. It is definitely worth the time to stop and learn more American history.

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Nebraska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Great history of Americans on the Plains. Didn't allow enough time for this visit. Don't miss the restored tall grass prairie and phone interpretive ap.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Always a great place to visit to learn more about the Homestead Act and how this area of Nebraska came to be settled. Their new building is a nice enhancement!

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