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365 Things To Do In Greater Springfield Missouri: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Historic Home & Museum

By Randy & Jenny Thomas
February '14

Step back in time at Laura Ingalls Wilder's Historic Home & Museum.

Visit the historic home where the "Little House" books were written. The museum contains artifacts, family photographs, Pa's fiddle, Laura's handwritten manuscripts, and other items of interest. The bookstore-gift shop is a treasure-trove for Laura's fans. Just 45 miles east of Springfield, off U.S. 60.

Many elementary school students have read the “Little House” series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her vivid storytelling and tales of childhood have made Laura a national treasure.

When you get to the Wilders’ Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield, have a tour guide take you through the house, or conduct your own tour. If you choose the latter, pick up the self-guided tour pamphlet and let your child do the talking. The house was left almost untouched, so there may be items your children might not have seen before, such as a wind-up clock, a stove from the early 1900s and a fainting couch.

In the fall, you can visit Wilder Days for a festival that celeberates Wilder, her books and pioneer life.

Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12:30-5pm

Admission: $10 adults, $6 children, free children 6 and under, $8 seniors (65 and over)

Active Season:
Regular season Mar 1-Nov 15. Tours of historic farmhouse and museum by appointment only
Nov 16-mid Dec (Mon-Fri 10am-2pm), weather permitting.


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