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Explore The Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Museum and Home

Updated on November 5, 2013
Some artifacts in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum.
Some artifacts in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. | Source
The Ingalls family: Charles Ingalls, Caroline Quiner Ingalls, Laura Ingalls, Mary Ingalls, Caroline Celestia, and Grace Pearl Ingalls.
The Ingalls family: Charles Ingalls, Caroline Quiner Ingalls, Laura Ingalls, Mary Ingalls, Caroline Celestia, and Grace Pearl Ingalls. | Source

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

 The museum shows artifacts dating back to over a century of the lives of the pioneering history as told in the famous "Little House" books. The life, writings, and career of Rose Wilder Lane, Laura Ingalls Wilder's daughter is also shown in the museum as well. In this museum you can look closely at the rooms of Rose's house, her desks, her manuscript writings, and souvenirs that she would collect from her world travels are also on display at the museum for all "Little House" book fans to see for real and get a glance at how Laura Ingall's life was really like as a pioneer girl.

The Wilder Home Association

 The Wilder House Association was established in 1957. Over the years, it has brought many supporters to wish to be a part of this association. The people that are members of this association strongly believe in the ideals and pioneer values of the Wilder writings, which reflected from the historic homes inthe Ozarks.

Laura Ingalls Wilder and Almanzo Wilder's home.
Laura Ingalls Wilder and Almanzo Wilder's home. | Source

A Little Bit about Laura's History

 Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in a log cabin house near Pepin, Wisconsin, on February 7, 1867 to parents Charles Phillip Ingalls and to Caroline Quiner Ingalls. Laura also had siblings: Mary Amelia who went blind, a brother Charles Frederick who sadly died in infancy, another sister named Caroline Celestia, and Grace Pearl. They had a strong pioneering spirit that strongly urged them to go westward, to lands of promise and hope.

Some Important dates in Laura's Life:

  • In 1885, Laura Elizabeth Ingalls married Almanzo James Wilder on August 25 in Dakota Territory by Reverend E. Brown of the Congregational Church.
  • In 1894, Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder, along with their daughter Rose, move and settle to Rocky Ridge Farm near Mansfield, Missouri. There they establish a successful farm, biuld their own home, and live there permanently in the Ozark Hills. Later Rose grows up and moves away, she became a well-known writer, journalist and world traveler.
  • In 1932, Laura Ingalls Wilder publishes her first beloved "Little House" book  that describes the pioneering experiences of the Ingall and Wilder families during the 1870's to 1980s. What is amazing is that all of Laura's book manuscripts for the well-known books were written right in Rocky Ridge Farm. Their publication made the Wilder family international literary characters.



The log cabin of Laura Elizabeth Ingalls birthplace.
The log cabin of Laura Elizabeth Ingalls birthplace. | Source
Title of Books
"Little House in the Big Woods"
"Little House on the Prairie"
"On the Banks of Plum Creek"
"By the Shores of Silver Lake"
"The Long Winter"
"Little Town on the Prairie"
"These Happy Golden Years"
"The First Four Years"

Museum Admission

The museum admission is:

  • Children under 6 enter for free.
  • Children 6 to 17 enter for $4.00.
  • Adults 18 and up enter for $8.00.
  • Seniors 65 and over enter for $6.00.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Books


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      Michael McHenry 

      6 years ago

      Intrigued since the 1970's, I now live only 1/2 an hour from Rocky Ridge Farm. Loved the show as a child and enjoyed the books read to our class by my 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Heart in 1980. I always possessed the pioneering spirit myself and built my own home (large cabin) in the Ozarks. I feel the urge is natural, but definitely inspired by "Little House" stories. I recalled many instances of Laura's life over the years, especially while spending time on, and in my cabin.

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      7 years ago

      This is so cool! I've been a big fan for a long time! Excellent!


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