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Homestead may refer to:


  • Homestead (buildings), a smallholding farm with a farmer's residence
  • Homestead (area), an area measure of 160 acres (650,000 m²) also called a quarter-section (USA)
  • Homestead (small African settlement), a cluster of several single-family houses in southern Africa
  • Homestead Act, an 1862 United States Federal law that gave away millions of acres to farmers
  • Dominion Lands Act, an 1872 Canadian federal law which presented a Homestead (area) for $10 filing fee and proving the land.
  • Homestead exemption, (USA) a legal regime to protect the value of a residence from expenses arising from the death of a spouse
  • Homestead principle, a legal concept that one can establish ownership of unowned property through its use
  • Homesteading, a lifestyle of agrarian self-sufficiency

United States geographical locations

Cities, towns, townships, villages




Travel guide

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From Wikitravel

Coral Castle
Coral Castle

Homestead[1] is a city in the Florida Gold Coast region of Florida. Homestead is located between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Everglades National Park to the west, and the Florida Keys to the south.

Get in

By plane

Miami International Airport(MIA) in Miami. From the airport: Route 836 westbound. Merge onto the Florida Turnpike (toll road) southbound to exit 2, "Campbell Drive / 312th Street". Turn left on the exit ramp.

  • Homestead Bayfront Park, 9698 SW 328th St, (305) 230-3033, [2]. Sunrise-sunset. A natural atoll pool and beach next to Biscayne National Park. It has a full-line snackbar, picnic pavilions, grills, fishing area and a large playground. Boat launch and boat services.
  • Coral Castle, 28655 South Dixie Highway, (305) 248-6345, [3]. An odd complex of stone structures, built with enormously heavy stones, and allegedly by one man, without the help of modern equipment.
  • Homestead-Miami Speedway, 1 Speedway Blvd. NASCAR track in the Greater Miami area. The track plays host to Ford Championship Weekend, the final races of the season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and the Craftsman Truck Series. These races are currently all sponsored by Ford Motors, taking the names Ford 400, Ford 300, and Ford 200, respectively .


The best place for Mexian food is El Toro Taco. This is some of the best Mexican food you can find anywhere. 1 S. Krome Ave, Homestead, FL 33030, (305) 245-8182 Please note that they are closed Mondays and it's bring your own booze (BYOB). They will supply you with the bucket and ice. [4]

The usual national chain restaurants are available. Also:

  • South Gardens Chinese Restaurant, 45 N Homestead Blvd, (305) 246-0108.
Routes through Homestead
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Source material

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The Homestead
by John Greenleaf Whittier

Against the wooded hills it stands,
Ghost of a dead home, staring through
Its broken lights on wasted lands
Where old-time harvests grew.

Unploughed, unsown, by scythe unshorn,
The poor, forsaken farm-fields lie,
Once rich and rife with golden corn
And pale green breadths of rye.

Of healthful herb and flower bereft,
The garden plot no housewife keeps;
Through weeds and tangle only left,
The snake, its tenant, creeps.

A lilac spray, still blossom-clad,
Sways slow before the empty rooms;
Beside the roofless porch a sad
Pathetic red rose blooms.

His track, in mould and dust of drouth,
On floor and hearth the squirrel leaves,
And in the fireless chimney's mouth
His web the spider weaves.

The leaning barn, about to fall,
Resounds no more on husking eves;
No cattle low in yard or stall,
No thresher beats his sheaves.

So sad, so drear! It seems almost
Some haunting Presence makes its sign;
That down yon shadowy lane some ghost
Might drive his spectral kine!

O home so desolate and lorn!
Did all thy memories die with thee?
Were any wed, were any born,
Beneath this low roof-tree?

Whose axe the wall of forest broke,
And let the waiting sunshine through?
What goodwife sent the earliest smoke
Up the great chimney flue?

Did rustic lovers hither come?
Did maidens, swaying back and forth
In rhythmic grace, at wheel and loom,
Make light their toil with mirth?

Did child feet patter on the stair?
Did boyhood frolic in the snow?
Did gray age, in her elbow chair,
Knit, rocking to and fro?

The murmuring brook, the sighing breeze,
The pine's slow whisper, cannot tell;
Low mounds beneath the hemlock-trees
Keep the home secrets well.

Cease, mother-land, to fondly boast
Of sons far off who strive and thrive,
Forgetful that each swarming host
Must leave an emptier hive.

O wanderers from ancestral soil,
Leave noisome mill and chaffering store:
Gird up your loins for sturdier toil,
And build the home once more!

Come back to bayberry-scented slopes,
And fragrant fern, and ground-nut vine;
Breathe airs blown over holt and copse
Sweet with black birch and pine.

What matter if the gains are small
That life's essential wants supply?
Your homestead's title gives you all
That idle wealth can buy.

All that the many-dollared crave,
The brick-walled slaves of 'Change and mart,
Lawns, trees, fresh air, and flowers, you have,
More dear for lack of art.

Your own sole masters, freedom-willed,
With none to bid you go or stay,
Till the old fields your fathers tilled,
As manly men as they!

With skill that spares your toiling hands,
And chemic aid that science brings,
Reclaim the waste and outworn lands,
And reign thereon as kings!

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