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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

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Address: 105 Olivet Ave SE, De Smet, SD 57231-2445
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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The scavenger hunt was great fun for my little nephew (and me)!

De Smet, South Dakota is a lovely place, with incredibly lovely people, a beautiful history and promising future. The Wilder Memorial is just one of the landmarks that make this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

De Smet, South Dakota is a lovely place, with incredibly lovely people, a beautiful history and promising future. The Wilder Memorial is just one of the landmarks that make this town such a great place to visit -- we cannot wait to come back again someday. Thank you to everyone who made our family trip unforgettable!

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Houston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been all over the country this summer touring different places and I had been waiting for this one. Several people had told me how wonderful it was, but I must say I was really disappointed. 1) There is no film to help you prepare for what you're going to see. It would be nice to have an orientation film... More 

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Tybee Island, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide was outstanding! He kept the children entertained while sharing many interesting historical facts and stories. I truly loved seeing the town of DeSmet and this site in particular.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just fantastic! Tours of the historical buildings are by guided tour only (including a short car caravan to the Ingalls house in town), so my suggestion is to call first to ensure availability at your desired time. Also, younger children might not be able to appreciate all of the finer points of the building tours the way teens and adults... More 

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Chattanooga, TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family of 4 with young kids enjoyed the Ingalls Homestead so much that the Museum and home tours paled a bit in comparison. Although there are some hands on activities, much of the things are "look but don't touch." If you are in De Smet to learn about the Ingalls family you might as well pay to see this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the tour of the Ingalls house while they were in DeSmet. Our tour guide Michelle was very good, friendly and clear speaking tour guide. The only downside is you are not able to take pictures inside the buildings.

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Thank Anthony P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great tour. Our guide was excellent, she had so much knowledge of everything we saw. Being in the actual house, the final home Pa and Ma lived in was pretty incredible and seeing so many of the things and the way it was set up was awesome. My 12 year old daughter and I were at this site... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 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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