Homestead National Monument of America

Overview

The cry was FREE LAND!! The Homestead Act of 1862 was one of the most significant and enduring events in the westward expansion of the United States. By granting 160 acres of free land to claimants, it allowed nearly any man or woman a chance to live the American dream. Visit the park and gain understanding on how the Act changed the lives of all Americans and the land. The visitor center facility has expanded the homesteading story with new interactive displays, a magnificent view of the tallgrass prairie as early pioneers might have seen and a one acre parking lot to give visitors a feeling for the enormous task homesteaders faced.

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Seasonality / Weather

Open daily except Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1. The trail system and parking lot are open from dawn to dusk every day the park is open.

Summer Season (Memorial Day to Labor Day) The Heritage Center, Education Center, and other buildings are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fall, Winter and Spring Seasons (Labor Day to Memorial Day)

The Heritage Center, Education Center, and other buildings are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Directions

Driving: 

The park is 4 miles west of Beatrice on State Highway 4. Enter Highway 4 from Highway 136 at the west edge of Beatrice. Turn north at the Educational Service Unit.

Public Transportation - There is no public transportation available.