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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

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Address: 105 Olivet Ave SE, De Smet, SD 57231-2445
Phone Number:
+1 800-880-3383
11:00 - 17:30
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Sun 11:00 - 17:30
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

We invite you to visit the historic homes of famous author, Laura Ingalls...

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.


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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Little House Fans Stop

Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The tour itself was a reasonable length for a decent price and was very interesting and engaging. The gift shop had a good selection... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2017
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The tour itself was a reasonable length for a decent price and was very interesting and engaging. The gift shop had a good selection of merchandise at reasonable (but still gift shop) prices.

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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

Our tour guide, Stewart, was a great guide. He is great with kids. If you are a fan of the Little House books or TV show, I'd suggest to you that this is a must see. Most of the information will be familiar to Little House fans, but it is pretty cool to be in the place we imagined while... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

Although we visited this on the weekend and couldn't take the tour of the inside of the buildings, I wouldn't have missed it. We walked around the small area where the Ingalls et al buildings are and read all the information that was posted on them. Then we drove around the town of De Smet. What a beautiful little town... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

De Smet, SD is a great little town. We didn't do the walking tour b/c it was chilly out, but we did see a few of the sites. I liked the gift shop, I was able to get a Christmas Ornament and some postcards. This a cute little town.

Thank Karri F
Lockesburg, Arkansas
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

This was unexpected. We were not sure what we were getting into when we got there. Extremely well informed staff and guides. Lots of information and really brings even the TV Series to life.

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Como, Colorado
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

Like a lot of others, I grew up reading Laura Ingalls Wilder books and watching "Little House on the Prairie" on TV. All of DeSmet brings the family to life, especially touring the school, surveyor's house (where the Ingalls family lived for a time), and the Ingalls home that Pa built in 1887. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip back to... More 

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Colwich, Kansas
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Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We had an absolutely lovely time touring the buildings and seeing the town of De Smet. Stuart was a fantastic tour guide who took his time talking about the Ingalls family and the buildings themselves. This is a must see if you are a LIW fan!

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Reviewed 5 September 2016

The Memorial society has done a great job in saving and maintaining the buildings. It was great to be in the Surveyors house, particularly - as this one is the closest to the way it was when the Ingalls lived there. The tour consists of the guide repeating the stories from the books, so you don't get any new information.

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Rindge, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 4 September 2016

it was a privelage to go into the original house of the ingalls family. i grew up reading the books. our tour guide was a wonderful story teller. it was a little bit dissapointing that we could not take inside pictures.

Thank Lisa T
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

De Smet, South Dakota is a lovely place, with incredibly lovely people, a beautiful history and promising future. The Wilder Memorial is just one of the landmarks that make this town such a great place to visit -- we cannot wait to come back again someday. Thank you to everyone who made our family trip unforgettable!

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