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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

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Address: 105 Olivet Avenue, De Smet, SD 57231
Phone Number: 18008803383
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: We invite you to visit the historic homes of famous author, Laura Ingalls...
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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The information was great, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and very personable. The person at the cashier was saying that some of the houses are too old and some were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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thornton, United States
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thornton, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The information was great, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and very personable. The person at the cashier was saying that some of the houses are too old and some were re-makes. I own a house that was built in the 1850's that was restored. When we went back to purchase souvenir's a different cashier was there (an older lady)... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We were on our way from Black Hills to the Twin Cities and cut through to make this stop. Well worth it for our kids. Lots of hands on activities including rope, doll and small toy making. Staff is very knowledgable and seem to care about the place. Free pony/horse ride, covered wagon ride, lots of old carriages and coaches... More 

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Houston, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I visited the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial on a windy, rainy day. I had encountered the tour guid the day before at the museum and thought she was a bit on the brusque side, but when I returned for the tour the next day, I found her to be incredibly knowledgeable, and most at ease in her job as a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Wonderful museum that presents information about the author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and the wonderful books. Walking tour gave us a look into the experiences of the pioneers who settled the prairie. Good gift shop for adults and children. Spend some time examining Garth Williams' wonderful illustrations for the books.

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Northridge, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Came to town to see where Laura Ingalls Wilder was from. Looked at a few sites, visited the store she wrote about in De Smet. Didn't pay for the tour, talked to a few ofr the guides at the sites, they were not particularly energetic.

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Port Dover, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A very worth while stop. The interpreter was good, but rambled on and was a bit repetitive, but still did a good job. If you are in the De Smet area , this is a worth while stop.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Was not impressed by the tour guide. She sounded like she was rote repeating something and not really interested in her subject. The Surveyed cabin was very interesting but the rest of the tour was a bit boring.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Any individual or family interested in the Ingalls family must make this place a destination. Knowledgeable tour guides, and a just wealth of information, facts, and stories about the Ingalls family. Well worth the trip the South Dakota.

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Ona, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Actually seeing the Surveryor's House and the Ingalls home is worth the trip every time. I have been so many times, that I don't need to listen to all the basic facts anymore, but I love to just soak in the ambience of the places, and look at all of the artifacts,pictures, and reproductions. After reading about the Surveyor's House,... More 

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Farmington, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

When I was 9 I started saving my allowance to buy the Laura Ingalls Wilder books; this last year I read those same books with my nine year old. He loved the stories and it was exciting to visit De Smet this year and see some of the old buildings and materials from that era. If you're at all interested,... More 

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