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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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St. Louis, Missouri
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
28 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
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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Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
56 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Brandon, South Dakota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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