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Prairie Homestead Historic Site

21070 SD Hwy 240, Philip, SD
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Philip
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Original dirt-sod home built in 1909. Experience farm life as the pioneers did. Dress up as a pioneer. Live farm animals and white prairie dogs.
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Madison, Wisconsin
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70 reviews 70 reviews
39 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

According to Wikipedia, the "house was constructed by Ed Brown and his wife in 1909." Apparently, Mr. Brown's wife didn't have a name. Despite that drawback, the sod home is a great place to visit on your way into the Badlands - particularly if you have kids. My wife and I visited on June 29, 2014 without our daughters ages... More

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Long Island, NY
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140 reviews 140 reviews
52 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This state run "historical" stop is, in my opinion, far too overpriced for the sights offered. $7/adult, $6/child and, I think, $19/family of 4. In return you get to view a real sod house dating back to the late 1800s. I wasn't about to pay $14 so my wife and I could see a structure similar to what I've visited... More

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Fort Calhoun, Nebraska
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118 reviews 118 reviews
26 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

OK, it's a bit unassuming and maybe a bit spendy, but it's the real building and it's a very real exhibit of how hard "claiming up" on the Homestead Act really was. We've visited the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, NE and this place might not be as fancy but it is more real. Talk about giving everything you have... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

It was a short stop, but tons of fun to see how the homesteaders really lived...tied in well to what my son had just studied that year in school. My daughter LOVED dressing up in the provided period clothing and wandering around the site. Cool place, lots of hands on fun!

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Maryville, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It's a short tour, they have about a 10 minute movie, the house to walk through, the cellar, you'll see a barn, outhouse (lol) and a chicken coup. That's about it for the buildings. But they have a very active Prairie dog area with a bunch of the little dogs and whole. It was easy to get up close and... More

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Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
56 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is such an eye opener! To see how the pioneers lived back then is amazing. First we watched a short video that was very informative & if you want they have period clothing you can wear. (We offered our boys $5 to put on the old dresses & bonnets but it was a no go). Next we toured the... More

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Gladstone, Oregon
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I was a huge Little House on the Prairie fan as a young girl. I always wanted to live like Laura Ingalls! This site brought their life to reality for me. I no longer think I want to live like Laura Ingalls! The way the homestead has been preserved is wonderful. I loved this stop!!

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La Plata, Maryland
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145 reviews 145 reviews
64 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Prairie Homestead became our "plan b" after we couldn't get tickets to the Minuteman Missile site. I am SO glad we went. The orientation video is short and very well done. And the homestead is so well preserved. Although I arrived with bitterness about the US policies that cleared Indians off these lands, I also gained a new appreciation for... More

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Crestwood, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This was a very educational and delightful place to visit. If you or your children love Little House on the Prairie, they will love to see how people lived in sod homes. Guests who have the spirit can put on costumes to help make the look into the past even more fun.

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Marysville, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Took us back in time. You could actually feel like you were in the Old West. The prairie dogs were so cute! The place was very educational, at the same time. Kids were able to visit the farm and the sod house, that the Browns lived in. The kids just loved this place! We will be visiting again this summer.

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