The House on the Prairie Books
“Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.” Laura Ingalls Wilder
“The Little House on the Prairie” books provide us with a real life experience to pioneer life either by reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s series of books or by watching the popular television series “The Little House on the Prairie” that aired from September 11, 1974 to May 10, 1982.
At 60 years old, Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote her first book, Little House in the Big Woods, which she wrote to keep alive her happy childhood stories about she and her sister’s life on the frontier, in the woods, and in the Indian Territory of the Great Plains. Her stories made the frontier towns, the coming of the railroad, and homesteading on the prairie come alive for generations to read and for ages to come.
More about Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder chronicled a way of life that is gone, but preserved when we read and enjoy her books. She lived the events in her
LitteHouseInthePairieBooks. You get a real time experience when you read her books that take us with her, as young girl, who traveled with her parents and her older sister, Mary, in a covered wagon across Minnesota, Iowa, and Kansas, and into Indian Territory. They lived in the Little House on the Prairie, so you get an almost photographic vision of life on the prairie.
Visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum
If you’d like to experience a sense of pioneer life and get a glimpse into Laura Ingalls Wilder’s writing life, than you’d enjoy taking your family to her primary residence, Rocky Ridge Farm, for over six decades. The house is preserved to share Wilder’s life up to her death in 1957. Fans of Little House will find items like the fiddle her Pa Ingalls played for the family by firelight.
For the writers and curious readers get a real live view of the desk where she penned her Little House books.
How to Get to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum
lauraingallswilderhome site provides directions and a map to her home and museum located in Mansfield, Mo :
Rocky Ridge Farm, where Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote her famous “Little House” books, is only 45 miles east of Springfield, MO on highway 60. From Springfield take Highway 60 east to Mansfield and take the second Mansfield exit. Turn right off of the exit ramp and continue on that street into town, it dead-ends at the city square. Turn left at the square and continue for less than a mile to the historic home. The farmhouse and museum are on the right, parking is on the left.
Also check out kidactivities on the museum site for fun children’s activities.