My friend and I went to the museum on their special event called "Wilder Day." The weather was uncooperative, so the festival and special events were subdued. However, we toured the main house on Rocky Ridge farm, the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum, and the bookstore. Down the road a bit is another house where Laura and Almanzo lived for several years.
If you are a woman who grew up in the 1970s, you know that Little House on the Prairie was very popular. My friend and I were crazy about the books as school age girls and it was thrilling to see items mentioned in the books, including the bread tray that survived the house fire and bits of lace and handmade needlework and sewing. There are many photos of the family also, but if you have been a fan, you have probably seen them all already. It's nice to see them in person. You can also find out about Laura's career as a writer for a rural Missouri newspaper. It was interesting to learn of the life of Laura and Almanzo's daughter Rose.
If you weren't a fan, this site may not be so exciting, as another reviewer said.
The Wilder Day event included a fiddler playing "Pa's fiddle" (they included the quotes in the description, and I'm not sure what they mean - was it *really* Pa's fiddle, or one just like it? I don't know.) The actress who played "Miss Beadle" in the TV series was there to sign autographs. There were lots of women and girls dressed in period clothing, which was adorable. There was supposed to be a street festival, a parade, and an outdoor performance, but the weather canceled these events.
Mansfield itself is an incredibly small town without many amenities. Few restaurants or hotels. We stayed in Springfield, about a half hour drive away.
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