A nice drive from Omaha is a treasure of a national park, Homestead National Monument Park. Just South of I-80 in Beatrice, Nebraska this park takes families back to times of manual farming and free land with the introduction of the Homestead Act. Some things learned at the park include the fact that during the era of manual farming each acre meant ten miles of walking. The 10 acre plots meant a farmer would walk 100 miles. Visitors can learn about the small one room school houses and wagons of the period.
Special events at the park include Pioneer Days in October and Homestead Days in June. The Homestead Hedge Apple Festival is Sunday October 6th from 2-4pm at the Heritage Center. Although geocaching is not permitted without authorization from the park they participate in earthcaching of natural geological features. Information about it can be found here http://www.nps.gov/home/planyourvisit/earthcaching-at-homestead.htm.
Check out this list to find out the things visitors can see at Homestead National Monument Park.
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