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Address: 21070 SD Hwy 240, Philip, SD 57567
Phone Number: +1 605-433-5400
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Description: Original dirt-sod dug out home and outbuildings built in 1909 by Ed and...
Original dirt-sod dug out home and outbuildings built in 1909 by Ed and Alice Brown on their 160 acre claim. Experience farm life as the pioneers did. Dress up as a pioneer if you'd like as you step back to homestead days. Live farm animals and rare white prairie dogs entertain. Video in visitor center. Audio history in sod dug out home.
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Escape into the simple past

We had SO much fun at the Prairie Homestead! We stopped in unplanned, and the admission was low enough we decided to "risk" it. On our way out, they directed us to the costume... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We had SO much fun at the Prairie Homestead! We stopped in unplanned, and the admission was low enough we decided to "risk" it. On our way out, they directed us to the costume wall. We were delighted to pull on full dresses, bonnets, overalls and straw hats, completing our preparation to step back in time. This spot made one... More 

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Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Very cool sod houses, BUT the mosquitos were absolutely swarming us!!! We jumped in the car and many came in with us. I have never seen anything like it!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This was on my "must-see" list, and the kids (age 10 and 12) really enjoyed it, too! I was always curious about the construction of a sod house, and at the Prairie Homestead, you can actually go inside and inspect it for yourself. It is an authentic home built by frontier settlers with some original furnishings as well as other... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Nice trip through pioneer history. Everything looked original and in decent shape. They have e decent amount of things to see. Price is reasonable. It is close to the Badlands and freeway. Like most places: an ample gift shop is available for your buying needs.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We stopped here on our way into the Badlands on the advice of my grandmother who lives near the area, and it did not disappoint. My kids had so much fun here and the prairie dogs were adorable, even if they can be a nuisance. You can dress up and pretend your back in Little House on the Prairie here... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Stop by and see how pioneers lived in this area. They have a short film about the people who owned this land, then you can try on clothing typical for this farmstead. We took a couple of great pictures in costume. Then walk through the prairie dogs up to the home site and see a furnished home, outhouse, chicken coop,... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This place is a real gem! It's not a reconstruction. It's not a collection of buildings & artifacts reassembled from somewhere else. It is an authentic, preserved frontier homestead, complete with sod house. Even better, you are free to wander throughout the house & outbuildings at your own pace. This makes it easier to imagine what life must have been... More 

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Springfield, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

It's a chance to see a real sod house and then realize that someone lived in it not all that long ago. Both are pretty amazing. I'd always heard about sod houses but this was the first I've ever seen. To see how the sod is stacked to make the walls is interesting. And to realize that this was built... More 

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Salem, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I'd heard of sod houses, but never expected to see an original one. This site is on the way to/from the Badlands and is absolutely worth a 1/2 hour stop. Kids will like the white prairie dogs on the front lawn and pet goats in the barn.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Very interesting to see how the pioneers lived. I can't believe they lived in a sod hut and it was so neat to actually walk inside it and see the size of it and imagine everyone sleeping in the one bed. I liked seeing the animals and the old farm equipment as well. The short movie inside was informative and... More 

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Address: 21070 SD Hwy 240, Philip, SD 57567
Phone Number: +1 605-433-5400
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Philip

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