Road Trip: Finding Laura Ingalls' Little Houses
Updated: Mar 21, 2022
Every fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie" series has imagined living in at least one of Laura's nostalgic little houses. Whether it was the cozy cabin in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, where Laura and Mary played on tree stumps in the yard, or the dugout house on the banks of Plum Creek in Minnesota where Ma kept the dirt floor carefully swept, or the elegant surveyor's house in the Dakota Territory with its real glass windows, each of Laura's houses brings to mind vivid memories of Laura's pioneer adventures.
While several of Laura's original homes do not survive today, a number of recreations are available across the Midwest, allowing fans to visit, immerse themselves in pioneer life, and imagine they're traveling with Laura across the frontier in the late 1800s.
Here's how to visit the settings of each of Laura's books:
LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum
Open daily from May - October
The Big Woods has been leveled, but a replica of the log cabin that Pa built in 1863 stands on the actual land where Laura once lived.
Take a self-guided tour of the tiny house, known as the Wayside Cabin. If you visit in September, stop by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Days activities in town.
Visit the museum gift shop to pick up an All-Sites Passport and have it stamped at each location.