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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

105 Olivet Avenue, De Smet, SD
800-880-3383, ext. 2
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Ranked #2 of 3 attractions in De Smet
Type: Historic Sites
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English first
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68 reviews 68 reviews
40 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

My girls are big Laura fans, so it was exciting for them to visit the Surveyor's House, where Laura actually lived. The Memorial Society offers tours of the Surveyor's House and the DeSmet's first school - where Laura rocked the desk- as well as a recreation of the Brewster School and the house Pa built in DeSmet, which is filled... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

We visited the Laura Ingalls site on a blustery October day. I suggest calling ahead for tour times in the "off-season", but even then the information might not be correct. I called a day ahead and was told the last tour of the day was 2:00, so we dutifully showed up at 2:00. However, as our tour ended, we saw... More

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Greenland, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

This is where you can step back into the "Little House" books if you love Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Memorial includes the well preserved Surveyor's House to tour, along with a partially restored schoolhouse and a replica of a schoolhouse similar to the ones mentioned in the book. A short drive to follow your guide takes you to the last... More

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Newville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

This place was great. Our tour guide was amazing! She really took her time with us. I had a very grumpy toddler so kept having to walk away while my 9 year old got to listen. Seeing the actual house Laura stayed in was a treat. It brought tears to my eyes as we recalled exactly how she talked about... More

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We saw the final resting place of most of the ingalls family and friends. Well kept cemetary needs some repairs and there are no funds to do so.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

I'm so glad we stopped by on the way home from our Black Hills trip. DeSmet is a little out of the way, but this experience was so worth it. I read these books as a child, and now I am reading them to my children, so sharing this with them was fun for all. Our tour guide was friendly... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

I had thought that since I had not picked up a Little House book for many decades, I would have trouble identifying with the place. I was welcomed warmly. A temporary exhibit helped re-introduce me to the life of the Ingalls. Unlike some of the previous reviewers, I found the guide knowledgeable--and I did ask quite a few questions requiring... More

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Hillsboro, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We made this day trip with my 2 friends and 14 year old daughter. Loved to see the old buildings and the preservation that the Memorial Society has did. We had a fantastic tour guide, who even though it was scripted, was very knowledgeable in all the areas. We went on the 12:30pm tour, it was unrushed and all questions... More

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Austin, Texas
12 reviews 12 reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Lots of history, great tour guides take you through two historic homes plus two schools. Great exhibit in the museum as well.

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Our family enjoyed our recent visit to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial. It was wonderful to see the Surveyor's House, just as Laura described it in her book. Also, we greatly enjoyed visiting the house that Laura's father (Pa) built. They also had several items that belonged to the Ingalls family, including Caroline's (Ma) shawl, Mary's beads, Almanzo's glasses and... More

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