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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
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Brandon, South Dakota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

It was an ok option for something to do. A little expensive for only an hour but good info. The host was really nice and knew a lot about The family

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Peoria, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Our first trip to South Dakota was enhanced by a day trip to De Smet. Our family group of eight, including, a 12 and 14 year old, all agreed our time was well spent with the guided tour and exhibit here. The guide was excellent in content and delivery of information along with keeping the group engaged with occasional questions.... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The memorial itself is not much more than a gift shop unless you pay for the tour. The tour leaves at certain times and takes about 90 minutes. At one point you need to get in a car and follow the tour guide somewhere else. We opted to not take the tour.

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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110 reviews 110 reviews
63 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We stopped here first and saw the Surveyor's house, the school building, replica of a school building and the discovery center. It was ok. The tour was good. The exhibit of the farmstead site outside of town is much better, it is too bad they cannot put everything there, so it is all in one place? I grew up loving... More

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Kenton, Ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We thought the guided tour was a bit pricey. It was well kept up and the guide knew the family history. You get in your car and drive to one house and we also went to the cemetery.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

If you're all into the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and history, you're gonna be in for a treat. Our guide (Bev) was extremely knowledgeable about everything to do with Wilder and her family. Here's some bullets: * Don't expect it to look like "Little House on the Prairie" TV show. All the buildings, except one, have been moved from other... More

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Calistoga, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This was our last stop on our road trip retracing the trail of the Ingalls family from Minnesota to South Dakota. Someone has restored the homestead on the original site, rebuilding the house (and furnishing the sewing machine, the organ and even the china shepherdess!). We arrived too late for a tour but were warmly welcomed and invited to walk... More

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Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I went to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial with my brother--I've been a fan since I was a little kid and he was a good sport to come along! We actually had a really great time. The tour was a bit long--about 2 hours--but we got to see the surveyors house, the schoolhouse, and the Ingalls house in De Smet.... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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74 reviews 74 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

My wife, mother-in-law, and daughters were all excited to visit De Smet and see everything they could about LIW. We have all visited the historical places in Wisconsin as well. As you can see in other reviews, the tour guides are really hit-and-miss. Our original tour guide for the surveyor's house was horrible. She simply had a memorized script that... More

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Iowa
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76 reviews 76 reviews
46 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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