"Free land!" was the cry. The Homestead Act had an immediate and endurable effect on America that is still felt today. Under this law, more than 270 million acres were turned over to individuals. This great transformation led to profound and lasting changes to the land, to American Indians, immigration and migration patterns and agriculture. Homestead National Monument of America commemorates the lives and accomplishments of all pioneers and the changes brought on by this act. Inside the Homestead Heritage Center, visitors can explore the interactive Museum of American Homesteading, watch the award-winning Land of Dreams film, and research their homesteading genealogy. The Palmer-Epard Cabin can also be visited outside the Heritage Center. The Education Center features changing exhibits on special topics. Visitors can also explore 3 miles of trail from dawn to dusk. Open year-round, Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day. Free.