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I have been a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan since I began reading her books in elementary school.  I also loved watching the TV show, even though it is pretty loosely based on the books.  As an adult, I’ve wanted to learn more about her life, so I have started taking my family to her homes across the Midwest.  We are lucky to live near to two of those homes–The Little House on the Prairie near Independence, Kansas, and Rocky Ridge Farm near Mansfield, Missouri. Heading to Rocky Ridge Farm I was pretty excited to bring Kristin to Laura’s homes.  She is starting to learn more about her, although currently Jack the bulldog is her favorite character, not Laura. What can I say?  The girl loves animals.  We’ve also stayed a night in De Smet, South Dakota, at the Ingalls Homestead.  That was an amazing experience.  If you’d like to read…

If you are a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, like I am, you simply must visit the Ingalls Homestead in De Smet, South Dakota.  If you are really adventurous, you’ll want to stay all night, either in your own RV or in one of the “wagons” that are available to rent for the night.  When my husband suggested a trip to the Black Hills, I immediately knew I wanted to work it into our trip to see the little town on the prairie where Laura came of age and met and married Almanzo.  Visiting De Smet and the Ingalls Homestead is one of my favorite traveling memories. If you’ve read the Little House books, you know that Laura’s time in De Smet begins in By the Shores of Silver Lake.  If you haven’t read the books and would like to, you can click on this affiliate link below to purchase a…

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