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Prairie Homestead Historic Site

Address: 21070 SD Hwy 240, Philip, SD
Phone Number: 605-433-5400
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Philip
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Original dirt-sod home built in 1909. Experience farm life as the pioneers did. Dress up as a...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner 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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Springfield, IL
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180 reviews 180 reviews
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
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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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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30 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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Adair, Oklahoma, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This is not a fancy tourist trap. I thought the price was a little bit high, but was glad I stopped and saw it. It is an interesting piece of history that is easy to see in a short time. You can walk through the sod house, see lots of old farm equipment and several wagons. It is interesting to... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I originally wanted to visit the Laura Ingalls Homestead, but the drive was too far to DeSmet so we researched and found this Prairie Homestead instead on the Internet. It is pretty near the Badlands National Park area. We went in and watched the educational video and then toured the grounds. It was really neat to see this sod home,... More 

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Princeton, United States
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This was not a long stop but it was educational. They show a video and then you go outside to see the sod house and the way they lived back then. There are prairie dogs on the site which are cute but don't get close to them. They do carry the plague they say.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

it was interesting to see how the homesteaders lived and what it must have taken to survive in this area. Great artifacts and history but probably a little expensive for what you get. It was fun for the kids to dress up in the old world clothes they have for you to wear during your tour but that wasn't enough... More 

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Crofton MD
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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

didn't even know about this attraction until I saw the sign for it on my way to the Badlands. I'm glad I pulled in. I learned something about how people came to settle the areas and what they went through to try and live there. Most delightful were the prairie dogs. There are dozens and all quite bold. Good photo... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Gives you a taste of life from over 100 years ago. You will learn a lot of history about life here, and they even have some period-era clothes that you can put on to wear around the farm. There are some farm animals there, but also tons of houseflies. The visitor center has a video about how things were. Good... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We enjoyed this and thought the information was educational, but it took us no time at all to see everything there was to see. Our older kids found it boring.

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