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Address: 21070 Sd Highway 240, Philip, SD 57567-7006
Phone Number: +1 605-433-5400

Original dirt-sod dug out home and outbuildings built in 1909 by Ed and...

Original dirt-sod dug out home and outbuildings built in 1909 by Ed and Alice Brown on their 160 acre claim. Experience farm life as the pioneers did. Dress up as a pioneer if you'd like as you step back to homestead days. Live farm animals and rare white prairie dogs entertain. Video in visitor center. Audio history in sod dug out home.

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Great way to learn about homesteaders

This was a great way to see how people lived. The little museum has a good film and several photos that explain the building and how the museum came to be there. Then you go out... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great way to see how people lived. The little museum has a good film and several photos that explain the building and how the museum came to be there. Then you go out to see the buildings and they're very authentic feeling. The house has a neat recording that explains what you're seeing, which was very helpful.... More 

Thank susanwithagoodbook
Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here near closing time, so I felt we did not see all that was offered. There is a film -- which explains a lot about the history of the area.

Thank Leslie G
Ulverston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to find off Hwy 240, just north of the Badlands NP northeast entrance. Interesting little visitor centre, with a video to watch about the history of the homestead and family that lived there. You can walk through the rooms in the house and the outbuildings and imagine what a hard life it must have been for the pioneers living... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled on this stop upon leaving the Badlands Loop Road. I am so glad we stopped, as a history buff I had heard of sod houses but never seen one. This is a very simple attraction but has a lot of charm to it. It represents an actual SD family that lived here. The prairie dogs along make it... More 

Thank Rogger54
Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We paid a $20 family admission fee and started by watching a short 10 min video about the homestead. It was the residence of the Brown Family, who lived there in the early 1900s. Then you can dress up, something younger kids may want to do, and walk on the land. There are several buildings, a few goats, and best... More 

Thank JD11125
Smyrna, GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The homestead is located just N of the park entrance at the E side of the Loop Road. The historic site is somewhat interesting but hardly a top highlight of our time in SD (even for a couple with strong interest in the history of the region). The white prairie dogs on the property are fun to see. At $7-$8... More 

Thank Hrothmir
Leawood, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Privately owned attraction features a preserved sod home and farmstead originally created in 1909. Not something you see every day. Also goats, chickens, and prairie dogs on the site. Souvenir shop, too. OK, but not sure it's really worth the price of admission unless you're really interested in this sort of thing.

Thank mrb394ever
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An original look into the life of the homesteader. The house and buildings where very interesting. There is a short video to provide background and insight into the site. Tip - take your own bottle of water. Two bottles of water is $5.

Thank iowaguntrader
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

My grandmother grew up in the house in built in front of the sod home on their homestead. This place gives one insight into how tough and lonely the lifestyle could be. This is not a highly curated museum but it definitely gives one a glimpse into the past.

Thank Dan S
Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Prairie Homestead was the actual residence of homesteaders Edward and Alice Brown who signed up for the Homestead Act in 1909. A family photograph hangs on the living room wall showing their home with it's log front. All buildings here are the same as they were originally with a few minor restorations. A few of the original furnishings remain as... More 

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