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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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See the Wilder side of De Smet!

I grew up watching Little House on the Prairie, but had never read the books. I decided to read the ones that took place in De Smet before we visited and I am so glad I did!! It... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Fishers, Indiana
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Fishers, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I grew up watching Little House on the Prairie, but had never read the books. I decided to read the ones that took place in De Smet before we visited and I am so glad I did!! It was so neat to see all the places that were mentioned and put real pictures with the words. The rest of the... More 

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Greenfield, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The tour was definitely worth the money. They take you to several buildings around town and on the site of the memorial. It takes about an hour to an hour an a half depending on how big your group is and how many questions their are.

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Green Valley, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 355 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This attraction is well marked with numerous signs around town directing you to the site. The guided $12 tour ($6 ages 5-12), begins at the gift shop and is in two parts-the Surveyors' House where the Ingalls family first lived in De Smet, the first school in De Smet where Laurie and Carrie went, and the Discovery Center are behind... More 

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CHICAGO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Must See if you are doing the LIW tour. I am not sure that small kids would enjoy this, but fans of Laura...wow! Our guide had so many details of the lives of the Ingalls-Wilder family. My family enjoyed this. You start out at the main office. There, you will be taken in to three different buildings. Then, you take... More 

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Springfield, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I've driven down I-90 in S Dakota for 10 years and saw the sign for Laura Ingalls Homestead in De Smet, SD and because it's about 45 min from I-90 I've never stopped until now. I've always loved the stories of "Little House" and all the characters. De Smet is a really lovely town and the signs easily point direction... More 

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Richardton, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour and highly recommend it for young and old alike. Well worth the $12.00 admission fee.

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Bellevue, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Another excellent site to take in. Our tour lady was so amazing and informative. She was like a walking history book. The home is beautiful with period furniture and photos. Expect to spend an hour plus at the home itself.

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Plano, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Growing up in Plano, TX I always watched the LHOTP tv show and read the books. I just thought that it was just stories made up like the American Girls. My Papaw took us on a family reunion in the summer of 2005 and surprised me with going here. I was so surprised and fell in love with the story... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 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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Additional Information about Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

Address: 105 Olivet Avenue, De Smet, SD 57231
Phone Number: 18008803383
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  De Smet
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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