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Address: 21070 SD Hwy 240, Philip, SD 57567
Phone Number: +1 605-433-5400
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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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A quick peek into the lives of homesteaders

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Dan S
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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Marion, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this. I continue to be amazed at how tough the settlers had to be. Just to have water to drink and food to eat would be a full time job. Very interesting to see an actual sod home with original furnishings.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here on the way to Badlands NP. It is so quiet out here! There is a small gift shop, a short film about the homestead, and then you are on your own to walk around the farm. This is an original sod cabin and out-buildings from the original homesteaders in 1909. There are even some clothes to dress... More 

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Jeffersonville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped by and checked out the homestead. I was just amazed at the number of prairie dogs that were at this location. I quickly learned that they are everywhere in this area. If they wasn't so destructive. We were short on time so we didn't get to visit the homestead but what we could see from the parking lot... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Another one for people who appreciate history. I said to my husband: Well, now I know where to put all that sod I want to get rid of in the back yard. So I stood back and realized the hill was the rooftop of the storage "building". And they have a prairie dog community in which one prairie dog acted... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small outdoor museum, but showcases the determination , ingenuity and courage of our country's pioneers. The short film and artifacts give a good background of who the homesteaders were and of one family's life. You get to see and touch an original sod house and other settlers' living setup from the mid 19th century; it is interesting... More 

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Clovis, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a really interesting place at the edge of the Badlands - a sod house with lots of furnishings, a root cellar, barn and other out-buildings... there were chickens and guinea fowl in the chicken coop, several goats and a pony in the barnyard. There's even a colony of rare white prairie dogs. The history of the family who... More 

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Belmont, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

So rare to see an original of this quality! After purchasing your ticket, you watch a short video introducing you to the family who built and lived in this house in 1909. It really gives you an appreciation of how hard life was on the prairie. Then outside you can go in their house that is furnished, see the out... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I really enjoyed this site for its educational value and its simplicity. An authentic, original soddie farm, settled originally by the Brown family, still stands and was carefully preserved. This type of settler experience is a rarity anywhere. Upon entry, view the brief historic video that gives context to what you are about to see, then enjoy the home, outbuildings,... More 

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