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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Farmington, Maine
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Farmington, Maine
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This was our final Laura site to see, we have now seen them all. This one really tied together how everything was. It was great to go to the homestead and see how their life on the prairie began and the end up seeing where their life ended. A must see for any Little House fan

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

After having a great time at the homestead and an enjoyable lunch at Ward's we decided to join the tour. The buildings and their contents were cool to see. The long winded tour guide who repeated the same info 3 or 4 times and blathered on about unrelated trivia was not enjoyable. The majority of the group was under 8... More 

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Thornton, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is a great guided tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the buildings and the lives of the Ingalls family. It was fun to see the Surveyor's house, a replica of the Brewster School, and the original house Pa built. The other school house was being used for a book signing and art demonstration, so we didn't get to... More 

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Tulsa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 via mobile

As a young reader, I could see the Surveyors house in my head....didn't think I would ever get to see it in "real life." I'll admit it was everything I thought/wanted it to be. Very small with the pantry that I could imagine filled with provisions for the first winter on Silver Lake. Furnished with period furnishings that made the... More 

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Eureka, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This was a neat tour. Our guide was very knowledgable and interesting. The guide did not like the noises my 1 year old was making and asked me to step out, which was understandable, but disappointing to miss her presentation. In the future I know small children are not welcome. If you are a Wilder fan this is a must... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Quality place for families with young ones to early teens. Authentic grounds with hands on activities along with a school that has a real teacher. She is about 90 and with it still. At first I did not want to pay , but it was the best money spent on this trip!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Allow about an hour and a half to see four different buildings in DeSmet on a guided tour. It is very interesting to see. Most of the things are not originals to the Ingalls or Wilder families, but are from the same era. Children would be interested in this tour if they are about 8 yrs old and up.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

There is a lot to see here: a replica school house, a museum, the historic downtown that's changed very little from Laura's days, the building mentioned in Laura's book, a gift shop located in an old house, and more. Most of these sites are walking distance from each other.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Historic Homes Guided Tour was excellent! It was easy to purchase a ticket in the gift shop and then a small group was escorted on a tour which included The Ingalls' Home, Surveyor's House, and School. Our guide, Brenda, was very knowledgeable, interesting and made the tour superb! It was fascinating the see their home and hear about their... 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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