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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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9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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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
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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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Absolutely wonderful tour. The guides are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Its fascinating and wonderful to see these buildings preserved and, in some cases, restored to a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely wonderful tour. The guides are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Its fascinating and wonderful to see these buildings preserved and, in some cases, restored to a historically accurate portrayal of what it would have looked like when the Ingalls lived there. Small children should go to the Discovery Center and do all the hands on activities: dress up as a pioneer,... More 

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Bellingham
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the must see of the Laura Ingalls wilder's land. We have visited many times and each the actual facilities and organization is better and better. More signage and organization is present, Neat & tidy . Being in the "real" buildings and walking/driving through the town makes the books jump into life. Very friendly and cheerful staff!!

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Elkader, Iowa
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

actually buildings just moved close together. I was kind of tired of all the organs brought into spaces where they weren't needed, but I get the appeal. our tour guide was great with our 6 year old letting him tell the laura stories from time to time.

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De Smet, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is what they come for, see authentic homes of Laura Ingalls Wilder. God was good to De Smet as the homes that are viewed were never remodeled and have kept their historic value. The homes, Streets and feel of the community is much as is was in the early days. Such a warm and inviting setting for all ages.... More 

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Thank ConnieC5779
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Like so many others, I grew up reading and watching Little House so coming here was a dream come true. I loved being right there and trying to picture how it looked for the Ingalls family. Tour was a little disappointing because of a lack of artifacts compared to the one in Mansfield, MO. Still a great stop. Liked visiting... More 

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was so excited to see this! My brother was a fan of the show Little House on the Prairie (yeah, my brother - the big motorcycle guy - even named his son Wylder). So even though he passed away a few years ago, I fel connected to him while I was visiting. So many interesting lessons to learn, and... More 

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was so interesting to see where Laura and her family lived in town and to hear some extra information about the Ingalls family. Our tour guide Molly was super sweet and knowledgable and the whole thing was just a treat! If you are interested in the Little House series at all I recommend it.

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McLean, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour at this site includes, among other things, walking inside and exploring the Surveyors' House where the Ingalls family spent the winter described in "On the Shores of Silver Lake," the one-room school house where Laura and Carrie attended school in "Little Town on the Prairie," and the Ingalls' final home in De Smet (where Laura never lived but... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Society formed for the promotion and preservation of the history on the Ingalls Wilder families from the Little House series. The guided tour provides access to original and replica buildings as well as articles and artefacts. Tour very informative and approximately one hour. Be prepared to stand for periods of time from location to location. Use of a vehicle is... More 

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Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder will find this a great stop on their travels. It's worth the 42 miles from I-29, or the 80 miles from I-90. The tour includes 4 buildings that were important to the life of this courageous woman: the Surveyor House (By the Shores of Silver Lake), Laura's and Carrie's first school in De Smet, Laura's... More 

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