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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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Really Loved This Tour

This is a really great tour that is well worth the money. The tour includes visits to the Surveyors... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2017
Layton, Utah
Great Tour

Had a wonderful tour around the grounds, then drove to the house that Charles Ingalls built. Very... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Kent D
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
105 Olivet Ave SE, De Smet, SD 57231-2445
+1 800-880-3383
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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

Thank Go2theZoo
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

Thank Kent D
Reviewed 3 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
Reviewed 29 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

Thank Kathy T
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
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

We came to De Smet for our daughter and I have to say my whole family loved this tour. I thought my son would be bored but he had a blast and plans to read the books when we get home. He especially liked grinding...More

Thank Erika K
Reviewed 17 August 2017

If you are a LIW fan you will want to go here. And You will want to take the guided tour. The Surveyor's House, school, and Pa's Home can be seen from the outside, but you will need to take the guided tour to see...More

Thank Kris_Y71
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder historic homes. There are several builds that are part of the Memorial Society historic home tour. Senior discounts apply. The guide was very knowledgeable. In addition to the tour of the buildings, take the walking and driving tour There are...More

Thank hd452016
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We came upon this first when arriving to DeSmet not realizing there are several different things we could have done. This is a tour of historic buildings that starts at the gift shop right in town. Our guide, Jordan, was very informative. We got the...More

Thank mom57033
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We were driving from Fargo to Mitchell, SD when we went through DeSmet home of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Our tour guide was excellent as we toured 3 original buildings and one built to resemble the original structure. We were very pleased with this find, definitely...More

Thank Placidtravels
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20 May 2015|
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.