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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

105 Olivet Ave SE, De Smet, SD 57231-2445
+1 800-880-3383
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The end of a Little House on the Prairie day with the grand kids. Did not go on the tour because we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Steve K
Versailles, Kentucky
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My wife and I visited the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial and went on the Historic Homes Tour that... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Two Harbors, Minnesota
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We invite you to visit the historic homes of famous author, Laura Ingalls Wilder. ​Have a fun filled day visiting the Surveyors’ House from By the Shores of Silver Lake. Attend class in the First School of De Smet, the original school that Laura and Carrie attended and visit the home that “Pa” built in 1887. Visit the Discovery Center for Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes pioneer activities! Try to sew on a treadle sewing machine, dress like a pioneer, and learn to read Braille. Each summer a new exhibit is on display of original belongings of Laura and her family. A must for all Laura fans.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
105 Olivet Ave SE, De Smet, SD 57231-2445
+1 800-880-3383
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The end of a Little House on the Prairie day with the grand kids. Did not go on the tour because we spent so much time at Laura's Living Prairie. A fitting end to our day.

Thank Steve K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visited the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial and went on the Historic Homes Tour that highlights many of the Ingall's family happenings. Our tour guide was well versed in the culture of that era and encouraged questions. We enjoyed seeing the Surveyors...More

1  Thank seide002
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The memorial was just part of the fantastic experience of having a Little House on the Prairie day. I would recommend this to anyone.

Thank SmallGirlInABigWorld
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Admittedly, I never read the books, but the visit does greatly tempt me to do so. We did not go on the tour because it was already fully booked with school kids. So really, if you want the tour, arrange ahead of time. But even...More

1  Thank Hatzlacha
Reviewed 7 May 2017

As a book-lover, I've wanted to visit this place for most of my life. We had a wonderful tour, with a smart and spunky tour guide who reminded me of an elderly Laura herself. The final Ingalls house and the replica of the school where...More

1  Thank levibg
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The tour itself was a reasonable length for a decent price and was very interesting and engaging. The gift shop had a good selection of merchandise at reasonable (but still gift shop) prices.

Thank Blossom0
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Our tour guide, Stewart, was a great guide. He is great with kids. If you are a fan of the Little House books or TV show, I'd suggest to you that this is a must see. Most of the information will be familiar to Little...More

Thank gatorhoosier
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Although we visited this on the weekend and couldn't take the tour of the inside of the buildings, I wouldn't have missed it. We walked around the small area where the Ingalls et al buildings are and read all the information that was posted on...More

1  Thank mickey448
Reviewed 25 October 2016

De Smet, SD is a great little town. We didn't do the walking tour b/c it was chilly out, but we did see a few of the sites. I liked the gift shop, I was able to get a Christmas Ornament and some postcards. This...More

Thank Karri F
Reviewed 7 October 2016

This was unexpected. We were not sure what we were getting into when we got there. Extremely well informed staff and guides. Lots of information and really brings even the TV Series to life.

Thank ddmg2014
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Can you check out the buildings (surveyor's house, schoolroom, Pa's house) without going on the tour? How about exploring in the Discover Center?
20 May 2015|
Response from rchluth |
The Discovery Center is free, but if you want to go inside the actual Ingalls' related buildings, you do have to do the tour.