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Prairie Homestead Historic Site

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21070 Sd Highway 240, Philip, SD 57567-7006
+1 605-433-5400
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South Dakota Prairie Living

This is one of the places that is a must see while one is visiting The Badlands. Just north of the... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
Paul G
Tucson, Arizona
An Interesting Look into History

This sod house and farm constructed in 1909 is a piece of American history not to be missed. A... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2017
Cumming, Georgia
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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.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good38%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“hard life” (8 reviews)
21070 Sd Highway 240, Philip, SD 57567-7006
+1 605-433-5400
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

This is one of the places that is a must see while one is visiting The Badlands. Just north of the entrance to the park, this gives an excellent look into the lives of the early pioneers. The included photos tell the story better and...More

Thank Paul G
Reviewed 26 September 2017

This sod house and farm constructed in 1909 is a piece of American history not to be missed. A look inside the life of a prairie farmer of that time. The chickens in and around the hen house are such pets that they allow you...More

Thank gawildcats
Reviewed 29 August 2017

They have an authentic place to walk in and touch things and see what it was like. They let kids dress up in costumes from the era. Hold the tools. Walk inside. Feed the goats. And a cute little gift shop. Very friendly staff and...More

1  Thank nicknyhan
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

We visited this site after seeing a billboard. We were not sorry we went. This place is a piece of American history not to be missed.

Thank Joan W
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

I did not know this was here; stumbled upon it as we left the Badlands. I had never seen a sod house, only having read about it, so seeing an actual house was incredible. It is very peaceful attraction that you explore on your own....More

1  Thank jw s
Reviewed 20 August 2017

This easily accessible historical site is well worth the small fee and time to visit. There is a 10 minute video telling about the settlers and period clothing that can be worn for the visit. It is interesting for people of all ages to see...More

Thank 57txtraveler11
Reviewed 17 August 2017

I really enjoyed seeing this sod/dug out home . Many of my ancestors had these and I had never seen a real one before. It looks like it would have been a nice place to live. When you arrive you pay 5 bucks each and...More

Thank simpleyme
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We visited on our way out of the badlands toward the Minuteman Missile Site. Glad we stopped. Doesn't take much time, but a great opportunity to learn about mud homes of the early homesteaders.

Thank Batmancop
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Chance to see how people lived, using the land to survive. Can actually dress in the clothes of the time. You can touch the many items in the house and barn if you want

Thank Dianne S
Reviewed 7 August 2017

It doesn't take long to get this look at how the people in the area lived and worked. A short film and a walk through the original buildings really gives you a good sense of what it was all about.

Thank swearengen
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Naomi G
16 June 2017|
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Response from Barry C | Reviewed this property |
No - lots of prairie dogs on the property!
Rhiannon N
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