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Ingalls' Homestead

Address: Walnut Grove, MN
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This recessed mark in the land that was once a dugout, served as the home of Laura Ingalls and family.
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Stillwater, MN
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We enjoyed visting the dugout site and putting our toes in Plum Creek. Nothing too overly fabulous or exciting, but a must see for history buffs to imagine the Ingalls family living on the ground you walk. It was an amazing experience for us.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is a good stop if you are a Little House fan. It has lots of history. Some of the stuff does not seem to be related to the Ingalls family but just from that time period. Still worth the stop.

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

If you are interested in Minnesota history, or any American history, this is an interesting site. Quite and peaceful marked trails (less than a 1 mile long) and a small picnic area. They charge $5 a carload, which was more than reasonable.

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Perham, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I definitely recommend checking out the museum before heading out to the dugout site. The dugout is on a farm that the owners maintain. There's not much there except for the marked off site, a sign, Plum Creek, and some trails. There are a few markers of where things should have been, but not much else. It's a great place... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

The homestead on the banks of plum creek is an undeveloped preservation of the original dugout site on the banks of plum creek, the location of where Laura Ingalls Wilders book of the same name took place. It is on a private farm (yes, you drive right through someone's farmstead on a gravel driveway) and the donation per carload was... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Fun to see, but nothing out of the ordinary. The kids had fun in Plum Creek, and it was fun to say we were On the Banks of Plum Creek

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Brookings, SD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Every summer the small town of DeSmet puts on a musical out in the fields where the Ingalls had their farmsted. It is fun to watch the production sitting in your lawn chair or on a bench, enjoy the summer evening, and watch the play put on by volunteers from the community. We have gone several times over the years... More

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Claremont, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Near Nellie's Cafe, this was fun, had a lot of history, and worthwhile exhibits and gifts and souvenirs. Not too high priced. For an admittance fee, one can take a short self tour around the museum area. Since the Ingalls were only in Walnut Grove for three years(having left once because of crop failure and grasshopper infestation only to return... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012 via mobile

Should be made more exciting, plum creek was a total disappointment, it was dead! The land was not alive the way she describes, I know it has been 150 years but if you want to preserve something and then charge for it, it should be at least somewhat historically accurate. I had my wife and 7 kids with and we... More

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Walnut Grove, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

Again you can walk where Laura walked and it is amazing. When a train goes by town you hear the whistle at the Dugout Site. A sound Laura heard back in 1874

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