Homestead (buildings)

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This article is about a dwelling and associated land and other buildings. For other uses, see Homestead (disambiguation).

A homestead consists of a dwelling, often a farm house together with other buildings and associated land. Historically it referred to land claimed by settler or squatter under the Homestead Act (USA) or Dominion Lands Act (Canada). A homestead may be a ranch, station or a large agricultural operation of some other designation.[1] In Old English the term was used to mean a human settlement, and in Southern Africa the term is used for a cluster of several houses normally occupied by a single extended family.

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  1. ^ Taylor, John (1995). "Methodology for identification and assessment of rural homesteads and farm houses in the Great Southern area of Western Australia". Royal Institute of Architects (W.A.) and the Heritage Council of W.A.