The Oldest Homestead Farm In America Is Right Here In Nebraska And It’s Amazing
When President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act in 1862, the country would be forever changed. Every adult was now entitled to 160 acres of free homestead land if they filed paperwork, paid a fee, and agreed to build a home and live and work on the property. The very first person to take advantage of the new program was a soldier and physician named Daniel Freeman.
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The Homestead National Monument of America is located at 8523 W. State Highway 4, Beatrice, Nebraska, 68310. Get hours and other visitor information on the monument’s Facebook page.
As a lifelong Nebraskan, Delana loves discovering the many hidden treasures of her state. She has worked as a writer and editor since 2007. Delana's work has been featured on more than a dozen websites and in Nebraska Life Magazine.
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