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Prairie Homestead Historic Site

#2 of 5 things to do in Philip Features Animals
21070 Sd Highway 240, Philip, SD 57567-7006
+1 605-433-5400
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Best $7 dollars spent

Loved the history of the prairie house. Informative 10 minute movie, book with letters from the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Corinth, Texas
Prairie Home

Very interesting sod house and other buildings representative of life of the prairie around 1900... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Barry C
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
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21070 Sd Highway 240, Philip, SD 57567-7006
+1 605-433-5400
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the history of the prairie house. Informative 10 minute movie, book with letters from the daughter & pictures of the family and neighbors. I think every teen should be subjected to 24hrs of prairie living like this family! Amazing how happy they were in...More

Thank jmho4u
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting sod house and other buildings representative of life of the prairie around 1900. Buildings were fully furnished including farm implements.

Thank Barry C
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We were traveling early in the spring season so we got there after it closed so we actually didn't get to go into the buildings but we did walk the grounds. This is one of the few original sod houses still remaining. It is on...More

Thank Pamomanddad
Reviewed 3 October 2016

I had initially passed this place by thinking it was a cheesy tourist trap. But the second day in the Badlands, it was just too hot for much hiking, and I felt this place calling. What a treat this was! You get to see a...More

1  Thank Julie438
Reviewed 28 September 2016

it was expensive to take the tour and for admission, but you could stand next to the fence and take pictures which was always easier then walking around it

Thank blueman66
Reviewed 27 September 2016

The Homestead is very well preserved and a great example of the homesteaders lived. They have a film that explains the homestead and how families survived. They even have representative clothing you can wear during the tour of the Homestead.

Thank csarchibald
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We didn't know about this attraction until we saw the sign on the way to Badlands National Park. So glad we stopped in. Excellent visitor center, inexpensive, nice gift shop. Self-guided tour begins with an historical 10 minute video documentary, then walk the compact grounds...More

Thank tauna64
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Good orientation video, insight into how people lived on the prairie a little over a hundred years ago. plenty of white prairie dogs, goats, chickens, etc. to add authenticity to the preserved sod home and homestead buildings.

Thank GWR757
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Well worth the $7 admission to see what life on the prairie was actually like. If you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder, this place will help you visualize what the little sod house on Plum Creek was really like. Period costumes are provided...More

Thank Bob836
Reviewed 16 August 2016

This was a great way to see how people lived. The little museum has a good film and several photos that explain the building and how the museum came to be there. Then you go out to see the buildings and they're very authentic feeling....More

Thank susanwithagoodbook
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Rhiannon N
How much time to allow for a visit?
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
I can't find the book pioneer diaries. Who is the author?
14 March 2016|
Response from DBPhair | Reviewed this property |
Worldcat is a source that tells you which libraries may own what books. It does not list a book with that title. Where did you hear about it? When I searched "pioneer diaries" under title and book format, many titles came... More
Hello I was just wondering if anybody knew when until in October the Homestead was open? I have emailed and called them, but it just rings out and I haven't recieved an email back. I was planning to be there around the 14th and am hoping it wont be too late Thanks :)
28 September 2015|
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Response from MariefromGeorgia | Reviewed this property |
I thought that I recalled it closes the end of October. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.