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Homestead National Monument of America

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Address: 8523 W State Highway 4, Beatrice, NE 68310-6743
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The homestead site of Daniel Freeman, America's first claimant of the 160...

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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A great place to see and hopefully understand history. It was very informative, beautiful, and visitor friendly

Reviewed January 5, 2016
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Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

A great place to see and hopefully understand history. It was very informative, beautiful, and visitor friendly

Thank PaladinSam26
Manhattan, Kansas
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Reviewed December 11, 2015

The visitors center was very nice, and the ranger that we met was very friendly and knowledgeable about the Homestead Act and the displays at the visitors center. It was an interesting place to stop and see.

Thank BritKansas
Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed December 6, 2015

very nice visitors center with lots of info about the Homestead Act & how it setteled the west. Info on the Praire Habitat, Children earned a Jr Ranger badge that was FREE.

1 Thank Carla Z
Monroeville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2015

First stop on our central states road trip. Good for a quick stop to stretch our legs and get some historical information. Ranger was very nice and information. Other than a small exhibit area, not much to see or do here, but it is FREE. Generally OK if you have a hour or so and need a driving break.

Thank RMabe_PA
Sparta, Wisconsin
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2015

If this is your bag then I would make the trip. If not, then I would recommend not going. There is a lot of information about the Homestead act but nothing much more that we saw. It did however have the site of the first homestead site in the country.

Thank Rambler_JA
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42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2015

Great historical location about 30 miles south of Interstate 80. Site of the first settler in Nebraska during the Homestead Act of 1862. There are two main buildings.The Education Center which is near the entrance to the park and the Heritage Center which is the visitors center. Both are worth stopping at , but the majority of displays and the... More 

2 Thank hiracheta@gmail.com
Omaha, Nebraska
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2015

We were here Labor Day weekend 2014 (TA's calendar only goes back to Oct 2014, in case you're wondering), and have been wanting to go back. They had live demonstrations of sock knitting (ok, it's a little more exciting than watching paint dry but we had to admire the demonstrator's skill), and butter churning, along with hand quilting. The museum... More 

1 Thank ChakWalk
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed August 30, 2015

If you are interested in pioneers and the settling of America, you will enjoy this 'off the beaten path' National Monument. Young children or those looking for spectacular sights beyond the open prairie will probably not appreciate this site. The National Homestead Monument commemorates the Homestead Act of 1862 and the far-reaching effects it had on America's landscape and our... More 

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Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

Glad we drove a few miles to learn a lot! We didn't know that land was given away, sight unseen most of the time, to anyone willing to live on it and work it, in many many states. If they were successful after 5 years they were the proud owners of 160 acres! Imagine that today! But it was hard... More 

Thank Diane G
Ventura, California
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Reviewed August 24, 2015

Think that homesteading was limited to the plains states? Well, this museum will cure you of that mis-notion immediately. The art work on the entrance path consists of metal states with the homesteading areas cut out. Wonder what caused the dust bowl? Look at the prairie grass v. grain route structures, view a windmill, go thru the interactive sites meant... More 

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