Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead

Historic Homes TourWhile visiting our daughter Lisa, and her family, in South Dakota, we took a day trip and visited the small town of DeSmet, where we visited historic homes, schools, and places where author Laura Ingalls Wilder lived and later in her life were the subjects of her stories. We took the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes Tour and visited the  Ingalls Homestead, Laura’s Living Prairie.  Not only was it educational but a lot of fun for the whole family and my purpose for this post is to preserve the memory of the fun times we had together.  I  highly recommend taking the trip to DeSmet if you are in the area! Here are a few of my favorite pictures and a short description from our day.

School is in session!
School is in session!
Paige plays the Ingalls family's organ.
They invited us to play the organ, and Paige was happy to play a tune.
Grinding Wheat
Hung and Dakota grind some wheat.
Dakota, Paige, and Corbyn at the school doorway
Dakota, Paige, and Corbyn at the school doorway
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Paige accepted an invitation to play the violin in the historic Ingalls home
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Boulder outside the schoolhouse.
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A good reminder to us all

 

Just outside the Visitor Welcome Center at Laura's Living Prairie
Lisa, Corbyn, Dakota, and Paige  outside the Visitor Welcome Center at Laura’s Living Prairie At Laura’s Living Prairie, you don’t just listen to stories, you get to experience a piece of life that Laura would have lived.

 

 

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Learning about  Laura as a child in one of the Historic Homes in De Smet, South Dakota.
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Little kitties were in the barn and too cute to not hold at Laura’s Living Prairie
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Paige and a sweet furry kitten.

 

Look what Corbyn found in the barn!
Look what Corbyn found in the barn!
The Look-Out Tower - Enjoying a bird's eye view of the very land the Ingalls family homesteaded in 1880.
The Look-Out Tower – Enjoying a bird’s-eye view of the very land the Ingalls family homestead in 1880.
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Fun on the teeter totter, this outdoor toy has been enjoyed by many generations of children!
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Can you imagine having to travel by wagon?
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Hook up  the horses, Pa!
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The dugout, or sod house
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Gayle takes a rest on the wagon. I’m told the long tongue allowed the wagon to be hitched up to 2-4 horses.
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Pumping for water.
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A Cooking Lesson
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Learning to wash clothes – One at a time on the Washboard
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Rinsed and put through the “ringer”
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Little Prairie School
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Lisa and Hung ready for a wagon ride to the school
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Traveling to “school”

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Teaching about corn cob dolls
This educator at a major university enjoys teaching at Laura’s Living Prairie about corn cob dolls
Even Dads make dolls
Even Dads make dolls
Learning to make a corn cob doll
Dakota learns how to make a corn cob doll
Paige's Turn
Paige gets a ride on the horse while the colt stays near its mama
Paige enjoys a ride on the horse
Dakota enjoys a ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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