Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, De Smet

The Ingalls Homestead is just that, the land Charles Ingalls homesteaded through the Homestead Act in 1880 with his family. Laura Ingalls Wilder lived on this land from age 13-18. You can experience pioneering history through covered wagon rides, a one-room school session, hands-on activities and camping on-site.
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  • WOW is an understatement when telling about our experience at Laura‚Äôs homestead. My daughter, two young grandsons and I (65 yr old lady) arrived at the homestead early afternoon from S.C. To my grands...  more »
  • I was so impressed with this place! The email communication was prompt and kind, the amenities were impressively clean, the exhibits fascinating and well-presented, and the staff friendly and thoughtf...  more »
  • I stopped and visited the trees pa planted. It was enjoyable to stand where the ingalls family stood and take in the landscape and look at the trees pa planted. This portion is free and open to the pu...  more »
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  • I thought it was interesting but we're short on time. I didn't have enough time to see it all.
  • Such a special place. We even camped in our tent trailer overnight. The night time Prarie sky was beautiful.
  • Inspiring to put a place to go with the books and author. Deeper appreciation for all of the sacrifices early pioneers made. Owners very friendly and knowledgeable of area and author/books. Gift shop well stocked with memorabilia and pioneer items. Great place to camp!
  • I have to admit that I got goosebumps when we turned into the parking area of the homestead. My mother read the books to me, and I've read them to my children. It felt kind of like coming home. Nostalgia aside, the park really was neat. We had to stop and play with the kittens, of course. The hands on activities were a lot of fun, and the whole family enjoyed the play that evening. We were not expecting the multitude of mosquitoes that came out once the sun was low. If we go back, we'll know to pack plenty of bug spray, maybe a flamethrower. Other than the mosquitoes, we really enjoyed our visit.
  • My daughter has been reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder series this year and really wanted to stop on the way home from Montana. It was so worth it. I wish he had dedicated more time. The kids were able to wash clothes the old fashioned way, make a corn cob doll, make their own rope, drive a team of mules pulling a covered wagon. The visit to the school house was fabulous. So informative. The kids had a great time and so did I.

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