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Prairie Homestead Historic Site

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Worth a Visit

My wife was not interested in seeing the site, so I paid for me and spent about 20 minutes... read more

Reviewed November 1, 2018
Santa Ana, California
Great stop off

During our road trip we decided to stop of here, so glad that we did and had the time to be able to... read more

Reviewed October 8, 2018
Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
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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...more
21070 Sd Highway 240, Philip, SD 57567-7006
+1 605-433-5400
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Reviewed November 1, 2018

My wife was not interested in seeing the site, so I paid for me and spent about 20 minutes exploring it. I found it interesting to see what a prairie homestead from 1909 looked like and how people lived so it was worth a visit.

Reviewed October 16, 2018

The facility was closed for the season when we passed by, but it's easy to step over the split-rail fence and walk up the hill to the dug-out house and root cellar. You can't enter the house itself during the closed season, but you can...More

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Reviewed October 8, 2018

During our road trip we decided to stop of here, so glad that we did and had the time to be able to visit this place fully. The history of the property is so interesting and educational. me and my brother loved it.

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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

I stopped in after driving through the Garlands and really enjoyed myself. The staff very talkative and well informed. The Sod house was not as I imagined and really helped to put the Laura Ingalls book in perspective. After seeing the Prairie Town in the...More

Thank bLiselotte
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to visit for several reasons. It gives a look into the life in South Dakota in the early 1900's. It's white Praire dog population is just fun to observe. It's a real example of a sod house on the Praire...More

Thank clb5169
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

This place made me appreciate my family heritage a little more since my grandpa was born in a sod house on the South Dakota prairie. This place is well cared for.

Thank jodajoda1
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

I really enjoyed prairie homestead spent a lovely 1.5 hours there, it was very interesting and great to see the Brown's original homestead. They had a great selection of clothing to dress up in and walk around in great for pictures. Lovely white prairie dogs...More

Thank Ruby K
Reviewed September 10, 2018

We visited the Prairie Homestead right after leaving a couple of days stay at Badlands National Park. It turned out to be a major highlight of our trip! To be able to see how the Homesteaders lived was amazing! It was not crowded and we...More

Thank BrandyJane
Reviewed August 18, 2018

We had a relaxing 2 hour ramble around the homestead, with a nice chat with the grounds caregiver. Take the time to discover all the nuances of this place. You can enjoy it all in period clothing too, if you are inclined!

Thank MichelleCCameron
Reviewed August 8, 2018

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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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.
June 22, 2017|
Response from beanie1776 | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
$5 a person so 2 seniors is $10 ;)
Naomi G
June 15, 2017|
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Response from Barry C | Reviewed this property |
No - lots of prairie dogs on the property!