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Prairie Homestead Historic Site

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21070 Sd Highway 240, Philip, SD 57567-7006
+1 605-433-5400
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Not big, but historically authentic

If you wish to understand how the early homesteaders lived, this small exhibit is a good way to get... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
aussiewanderers
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Sydney, Australia
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We are so happy that we had the time to be able to visit this place. The property is so interesting... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ayla M
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Lafayette Parish, Louisiana
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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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“chicken coop” (11 reviews)
“root cellar” (10 reviews)
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21070 Sd Highway 240, Philip, SD 57567-7006
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"badlands national park"
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"chicken coop"
in 11 reviews
"root cellar"
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"period clothing"
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"gift shop"
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"early pioneers"
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"short film"
in 8 reviews
"self guided tour"
in 8 reviews
"northeast entrance"
in 3 reviews
"original furnishings"
in 4 reviews
"interesting place to visit"
in 3 reviews
"minuteman missile site"
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"laura ingalls"
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"introductory film"
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"last century"
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"south dakota"
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"step back in time"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you wish to understand how the early homesteaders lived, this small exhibit is a good way to get a feeling for it. The exhibit consists of 4 buildings: the homestead, its underground food store, a chicken coop & a barn. All except the food...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are so happy that we had the time to be able to visit this place. The property is so interesting and educational. We all loved it. To learn about this family struggles and visit their home. Wet neat and original.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had made a wrong turn and passed this place by accident but decided to go and learn a bit about the homesteaders (we are from the UK and so this is not part of our heritage). The museum is authentic and very interesting and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an actual sod house that was occupied during the 20th century. I can not imagine living in one of these, but people did. It is interesting. It has an outhouse with the statue of a cowboy in it, using the facilities - what...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can step back into the past. Nice little gift shop. If you want you can dress in period clothes and step back in time.

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Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

Cool information. I loved it that you can touch the items. Odd: one of the ladies working there began screaming and swearing at a co-worker. We were the only visitors in the building and it was really uncomfortable.

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Reviewed June 24, 2018

After reading all the glowing reviews I was expecting to find a very interesting and historical site. But I was somewhat disappointed and underwhelmed. There was a rather boring movie and some old sod buildings--nothing really special. The highlight was the numerous prairie dogs that...More

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Reviewed June 21, 2018 via mobile

As someone who loves western American history, I was really looking forward to visiting the Prairie Homestead. I made sure to check the opening hours before stopping by - according to the website it is daylight hours Monday - Friday during tourist season. My family...More

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beanie1776, Manager at Prairie Homestead Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded June 22, 2018

So sorry for your inconvenience :(

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Reviewed June 15, 2018

Recommend this as a stop on the way out of the Badlands for those interested in the history of how our nation was settled, and for fans of the Laura Ingalls Wilder book series. It doesn't take long to walk through, but the authentic sod...More

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Reviewed June 12, 2018

If you ever wondered what it was like to live as one of the early settlers of this area, check out this original furnished sod home of Mr. & Mrs. Ed Brown, built I 1909. This is a self-guided tour which begins with a short...More

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thewhites97
July 14, 2018|
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Response from beanie1776 | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
At this time the Prairie Homestead is open 8am-4:45pm.
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Saxeygirl
June 22, 2017|
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Response from beanie1776 | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
$5 a person so 2 seniors is $10 ;)
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Naomi G
June 15, 2017|
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Response from Barry C | Reviewed this property |
No - lots of prairie dogs on the property!
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