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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

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Address: 105 Olivet Avenue, De Smet, SD
Phone Number: 800-880-3383, ext. 2
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Brings the Books to Life!

I read every book - multiple times - as a child, and dreamed of seeing the places Laura lived. Last year, my 4th grade son read the books and was hooked, too. We had to go, and De... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2014
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I read every book - multiple times - as a child, and dreamed of seeing the places Laura lived. Last year, my 4th grade son read the books and was hooked, too. We had to go, and De Smet was a fairly easy add-on to our already planned vacation. After 40 years of waiting, it did not disappoint. It was... More 

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Chester, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This was the best guided tour we (two adults) took on our ND, SD, WY vacation. Whether you are a fan of the LIW books or the TV series or just a history buff, you will find the tour guides professional and full of interesting information about the pioneers who conquered this area. Tour includes the Ingalls first home (surveyor's... More 

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St. Louis, Missouri
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

De Smet was the last “Laura” stop on a four-state Laura Ingalls Wilder homesite tour that I took in July with my 8-year-old daughter. The Memorial maintains several Laura historic and replica buildings. They also provided a nice map with different Laura sites to see. We arrived at the visitor center and bought tickets for the 11:30 a.m. tour on... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Everyone was so nice. The tour guide was amazing. She was so knowledgeable and interesting. It was so amazing to stand in the surveyors house. If you are a fan of LIW you must go. It was so fun and educational.

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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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35 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This was a great way to picture what was going on in the books. We had read them beforehand and it was good to do it that way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I have been a LIW fan since I was a child and in recent years I've had the opportunity to visit many of her landmarks. This is one of the last I've gotten to. I'm trying to encourage my 9-year old daughter to read the books, thusfar with no luck. We were only "up to" one of the attractions in... More 

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Long Island, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I have read all of the books so many times, and REALLY appreciated being able to tour the surveyors house and school. The authenticity is what resonated with me. My thoughts were that the tour guide was terrific. She really went out of her way to encourage people to experience each of the buildings. The guide went above and beyond... More 

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Clark, South Dakota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This tour is conducted by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Preservation Society and includes three buildings and a home that the Wilders built after Laura had married and left. It was worth seeing once, but I am not sure that the $12 per person fee was worth what we got to see.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

WOW... great place...friendly volunteers...surveyors house, Pa's house in town, cemetery where the family is buried...except Laura, Almanzo and Rose who are buried in Mansfield MO. Loftus store is STILL there and open.

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Tennessee
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116 reviews 116 reviews
70 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

First, the summer exhibit with family artifacts is well worth the admission price. The two schools are interesting to see unless you have visited a lot of one-room schoolhouses. The surveyor's home and Ingalls home were enjoyable to see in person. My only concern is that our guide mixed up the book order, and we went from Eliza Jane as... More 

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