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Prairie Homestead Historic Site

#2 of 5 things to do in Philip Features Animals
21070 Sd Highway 240, Philip, SD 57567-7006
+1 605-433-5400
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Great piece of history!

This is a bit out of the way, but a little hidden piece of history. Great information about the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Heather J
via mobile
Kids LOVED this place

We visited on a day that it was windy and sprinkling rain off and on, so it was kind of dreary... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 white prairie dogs entertain. Video in visitor center. Audio history in sod dug out home.
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21070 Sd Highway 240, Philip, SD 57567-7006
+1 605-433-5400
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a bit out of the way, but a little hidden piece of history. Great information about the early settler life, and really cool to see original buildings. Doesn't take long - 30 to 45 minutes, but worth the stop.

Thank Heather J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on a day that it was windy and sprinkling rain off and on, so it was kind of dreary. However, my kids LOVED it. My daughter wanted to dress the part using the provided clothes kids can wear if they choose. My son...More

Thank MREA5
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Loved the history of the prairie house. Informative 10 minute movie, book with letters from the daughter & pictures of the family and neighbors. I think every teen should be subjected to 24hrs of prairie living like this family! Amazing how happy they were in...More

Thank jmho4u
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Very interesting sod house and other buildings representative of life of the prairie around 1900. Buildings were fully furnished including farm implements.

Thank Barry C
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We were traveling early in the spring season so we got there after it closed so we actually didn't get to go into the buildings but we did walk the grounds. This is one of the few original sod houses still remaining. It is on...More

Thank Pamomanddad
Reviewed 3 October 2016

I had initially passed this place by thinking it was a cheesy tourist trap. But the second day in the Badlands, it was just too hot for much hiking, and I felt this place calling. What a treat this was! You get to see a...More

1  Thank Julie438
Reviewed 28 September 2016

it was expensive to take the tour and for admission, but you could stand next to the fence and take pictures which was always easier then walking around it

Thank blueman66
Reviewed 27 September 2016

The Homestead is very well preserved and a great example of the homesteaders lived. They have a film that explains the homestead and how families survived. They even have representative clothing you can wear during the tour of the Homestead.

Thank csarchibald
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We didn't know about this attraction until we saw the sign on the way to Badlands National Park. So glad we stopped in. Excellent visitor center, inexpensive, nice gift shop. Self-guided tour begins with an historical 10 minute video documentary, then walk the compact grounds...More

Thank tauna64
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Good orientation video, insight into how people lived on the prairie a little over a hundred years ago. plenty of white prairie dogs, goats, chickens, etc. to add authenticity to the preserved sod home and homestead buildings.

Thank GWR757
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Naomi G
Wanted to know if is pet friendly.
15 June 2017|
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Response from Barry C | Reviewed this property |
No - lots of prairie dogs on the property!
Rhiannon N
How much time to allow for a visit?
29 April 2017|
Response from Pamomanddad | Reviewed this property |
I would say about an hour or less. It was closed when we were there so we just got to walk around the grounds and checked out the White Prairie Dog Town onsite. We didn't get to actually go into the house or building... More