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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

105 Olivet Ave SE, De Smet, SD 57231-2445
+1 800-880-3383
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One of the stops on my Ingalls family tour. This is by far the most complete and informative tour... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jim C
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Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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Take your time--enjoy

We were on a "Little House" journey with our 2 granddaughters and we all really enjoyed our visit... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
richmona
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GA
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We invite you to visit the historic homes of famous author, Laura Ingalls Wilder. ​Have a fun filled day visiting the Surveyors’ House from By the Shores of Silver Lake. Attend class in the First School of De Smet, the original school that Laura and Carrie attended and visit the home that “Pa” built in 1887. Visit the Discovery Center for Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes pioneer activities! Try to sew on a treadle sewing machine, dress like a pioneer, and learn to read Braille. Each summer a new exhibit is on display of original belongings of Laura and her family. A must for all Laura fans.
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“surveyors house” (17 reviews)
“our tour guide” (31 reviews)
“silver lake” (13 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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105 Olivet Ave SE, De Smet, SD 57231-2445
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+1 800-880-3383
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

One of the stops on my Ingalls family tour. This is by far the most complete and informative tour detailing the lives of the Ingalls family. While much can be learned in the gift shop and information center, going on the tour of the surveyors...More

Thank Jim C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on a "Little House" journey with our 2 granddaughters and we all really enjoyed our visit here. The school which Laura and Carrie attended has been renovated to the original walls and flooring. The surveyor's house is a must see if you have...More

Thank richmona
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When planning our trip to the Black Hills and Badlands I knew I *had* to deviate from our route just a little bit to get this in. I was a huge fan of the books and show as a child and my own children have...More

Thank Danielle F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Memorial includes tours of the Surveyor’s House, a school attended by Laura and Carrie, a replica of a schoolhouse in which Laura taught, and the Ingalls’ home in town. The Memorial Society has done a great job of curating each of the buildings, including...More

Thank Michael B
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

We stopped mid to late morning and there was a sign on the door they were doing school tours and would return at noon. The sign did not include the time of the tours. We waited until they reopened and were told the next tour...More

1  Thank Francis119
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

This is a really great tour that is well worth the money. The tour includes visits to the Surveyors House where the Ingalls family lived in part of the book "By the Shores of Silver Lake." It is the original house and is furnished with...More

5  Thank Go2theZoo
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Had a wonderful tour around the grounds, then drove to the house that Charles Ingalls built. Very good information, but there seems to be some tension between this establishment and the Ingalls Homestead group - we were told that "it's just the land" over at...More

1  Thank Kent D
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Reviewed 2 September 2017

This was my second time visiting De Smet and my husband's first, but my first as an adult. We had been working out way through re-reading/reading the series and hadn't quite made it through the last few books before passing through. However, it was fun...More

Thank Cassie W
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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Laura ingalls wilder books were my favorite books in 3rd grade and I always wanted to visit her home but never thought I'd be in South Dakota. Turns out driving your fathers 14 year old civic from Berkeley to Boston is the perfect opportunity! Thought...More

1  Thank Kathy T
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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

What an incredible experience to be able to walk through the actual surveyors house where the Ingall's family lived. It was exactly as Laura described it. There were interactive exhibits for the kids. The tour includes: the original surveyors house, the original school house, a...More

Thank NiceFLTraveler
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k8teeee
20 May 2015|
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Response from rchluth |
The Discovery Center is free, but if you want to go inside the actual Ingalls' related buildings, you do have to do the tour.
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