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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

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History comes to life!

We stopped here on our way to the Black Hills. This was a great stop. It was very interesting... read more

Reviewed October 10, 2018
Lisa D
Van Wert, OH
Following the trail of Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie was a national phenomena, as a book and a television series, like Harry... read more

Reviewed September 27, 2018
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
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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...more
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105 Olivet Ave SE, De Smet, SD 57231-2445
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Reviewed October 10, 2018

We stopped here on our way to the Black Hills. This was a great stop. It was very interesting seeing the things that Laura wrote about, I read as a little girl, and then read to our daughter! Everything was well maintained and filled with...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 27, 2018

Little House on the Prairie was a national phenomena, as a book and a television series, like Harry Potter. On our trip through South Dakota, we had an opportunity to visit De Smet, the birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the historic location of many...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

If you're visiting lauras living prairie I would definitely recommend going in to DeSmet and doing this tour, for $12 it's excellent, l loved visiting the surveyors house from the long winter and the original school house that laura and Carrie went to, original buildings...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Ruby K
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

I have wanted to visit the Ingalls home for several years & have now been able to. It's a very pretty little community. We arrived early on Sunday am and visited the courthouse first. On Sunday the visitor area opened @11am. Tour started @ 1130....More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank clb5169
Reviewed August 29, 2018

There's a lot of interesting facts as you go through the properties. Not only will you learn more about the author, but about her family--most interesting her daughter. A must see for a fan of the books!

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

This was our first stop in DeSmet. It was neat to see the surveyor’s home and the girls’ schoolhouse. This is mostly a tour and at the end you caravan over to the house Pa built in town in the late 1880’s. It’s pretty much...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank JARtraveler29
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Little House on the Prairie fan, so very enjoyable and nice information! Gift shop actually had a lot of postcards with photos of the real Laura Ingalls and family. Small village but nice and clean.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Debra Y
Reviewed August 26, 2018

Even though my husband had never read the Little House on the Prairie books, I think he enjoyed the tour as much as I did. Our guide gave a very good tour of the original surveyor’s house in which the Ingalls family lived when they...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank RetiredTravelerTN
Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

If you and your family are planning a visit to DeSmet, SD to see Laura's Little Town on the Prairie be sure to stop here first. 105 Olivet Ave. It opens at 9am. There is a fee but the tour is well worth the price....More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank jhund
Reviewed August 1, 2018

This was a increadible experience and opportunity to visit my all time families home and school. I had no idea this was even here. Visiting the Mid-west from florida.

Date of experience: July 2018
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May 19, 2015|
Response from rchluth |
The Discovery Center is free, but if you want to go inside the actual Ingalls' related buildings, you do have to do the tour.