Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Home

I love the Little House on The Prairie television series. I say love, because I still watch it. I turn it on when I am on the walk -fit or other machines doing my exercise.
We had a chance to see the house where Laura and Almanzo lived and raised Rose, their daughter. They had a son that died at 12 days old and never had any other children.
Laura Ingalls Wilder moved from Minnesota when her daughter Rose was 7yrs. of age after a friend brought back a huge, red tasty apple from a visit to MO. The Wilders saw a vision of having an apple orchard of their own and moved there in 1894. In Sept. of that year they purchased Rocky Ridge Farm.
Below is the sign that greets visitors to the house and museum. No pictures were allowed in any of the buildings. To my regret, I can't share pictures of the furnishings that were made by Almanzo, or the pretty, delicate china and tea sets that Laura had.
The sign below explains the history. The first is the front of the sign and the 2nd is the back side.

This is the front of the house which was added years later.

The small, low part of the house on the left is the one room they built and lived in for some time before they added on. It was the kitchen and bedroom all in one.
Laura was only 4' 11" tall and Almanzo only 5' 2'' so the counters in the kitchen were very low.

The had quite a bit of land for their orchards.

Rose grew up to be a published author and world traveler. She was awarded $10,000 for a piece she wrote and decided to buy her parents a new home about 1/4 mile from the Rocky Ridge homestead. This was a Sears catalog home. Yes, Sears and Montgomery Wards had homes you could purchase from their catalog. Isn't that funny. She paid $1,200 for it and then added upgrades for a grand total of $1,500.
This house had 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room and dining room. It also had closets that no other house in the area had. People came to visit just to see the closets.
Rose encouraged her mother (Laura) to write about her life. This is where Laura wrote her first book, "Little House In The Big Woods." The rest is history.
See plaque below:

This is the front of that house.

The back view.

With all the modern conveniences that this house had, the Wilders were not comfortable living there and after a few years they returned to Rocky Ridge.
We were able to see a film where she was promoting her book and heard her voice. We saw so many interesting things that we could not photograph. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you're having a good week.


Kathy said...

Loved reading all about your visit to the Laura Ingalls Wilder homestead. What an interesting life she had! Your pictures are wonderful, Ro. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

Have a wonderful weekend...Kathy

ceekay said...

Oh, too bad you couldn't take pictures. But I know it must have been fun to see all the house...I didn't know she was so small even grown up!

Deanna said...

enjoyed your post today.
Their heights surprised me, 4'11" and 5'2".
Have a blessed day,

Mrs. G said...

Oh I loved Little House On the Prarie. What a treat to see LIW's homestead. Have a great fall day.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What a great post! I also love watching the show and have many happy memories watching it every week with my dad. My dad usually ended up crying whenever Charles would cry. I cannot believe they were that short. Never heard that before. Seems like a great place to visit!

kari and kijsa said...

We love Laura Ingalls Wilder! What a great post!

Have a blessed day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Kristens Creations said...

Thank you for the Happy birthday wishes!! I'm glad you entered my giveaway!

I bet it was so neat to visit Laura Ingalls Wilder's homestead. I've always like Little House on the Prarie too.

Love your fall decor inside and out, it looks wonderful!! Kristen

Heather said...

wow, what a great story. that house is amazing. i've been collecting those books for Ella to read when she gets a little older. I'm excited because I never read them as a child so I'll be experiencing them with her!

The Barkers said...

how neat!

Happy@Home said...

I just caught up on your posts from your trip to Missouri. It all looks like the makings of a great time. Laura Ingalls Wilder's home looks like a place I would enjoy visiting. Too bad you couldn't take pictures inside, but maybe one day I will get there and have a peek for myself :)
Thanks for your recent comments. I am sorry to hear that both your brother and sister are fighting cancer. I will keep them in my prayers and, of course, Ceekay is already in my prayers.

Nancy said...

Rose, This is soooo interesting and I really enjoyed reading about it!!! I grew up watching Little House and I still watch it every chance I get! I wonder who owns that house now...maybe grandchildren???? Thanks for sharing your trip with us!


Pam said...

what a awesome trip.

Melissa Miller said...

This is so neat Rose! I loved these books as a child.

I think I just received an email from you but for someone else named Jeanette?

Many Blessings and Happy Fall!
~Melissa :)

Charlotte said...

How interesting. I have loved the Little House books since I was in grade school and our teacher read them to us. I was disappointed when the TV series came out because they changed some things. I got used to it though and loved that too. I didn't know Laura was so short. That must be why Pa called her Half Pint.
Thank you for sharing. I would love to go there. Too bad you couldn't take pictures inside.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Very interesting, thanks for sharing with us! I used to love the TV series! I was surprised at her size too!


Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Welcome Back Rose, It sure looks as though you all had a wonderful trip. I love watching Little House, and I am so glad you got to visit all of those places, I bet it makes watching Little House seem more real. Thank you for sharing,

Karen said...

OH! I LOVE Laura Ingalls. I love the entire Little House series. I think - other than Nancy Drew - that was the one set of books I couldn't check out of the Library fast enough!!
I never pictured her house looking like this!!!!
This is awesome!
When we were in So Dakota this past summer, I discovered that Ma and Pa and Carrie are buried there - but way over on the east side, so we couldn't go. I would've loved to visit their graves.

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Anonymous said...

I have also been to Mansfield. Wonder place to see, & feel the history. Was very disapointed we could not take pictures. Wished we would have known that ahead of time. Luara was a wonderful person, wish there were more like her.

65Charlie said...

I wish I could of seen her home too but I'm more interested in her childhood home!! Like did she really have her own window & was the initials really on the fireplace??? I've read her books when I was little! I wish I could of known her!!! She saw our world change!!! The 1st car, phone, & indoor plumbing!! She could of told me what it was like when the Titanic sank!! I wonder if she drove a car!!! I have so many things I'd ask her!!! I too lost a son & want to know how she got past the pain??? I was only 3 yrs old when her daughter passed! I would of liked to talk to her as well!!!

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