Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes, De Smet

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  • A must see for any Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. Walking through the Survey's House, seeing the first De Smet school that Laura attended and seeing the replica of the Brewster School bring her books to...  more »
  • Fantastic tour of the old homes, schoolhouses, and shops of homestead De Smet of Laura Ingalls Wilder days. Our tour guide was fantastic and incredibly knowledgeable. It was so fun to see the places.....  more »
  • My wife and 9 year old son have read all the books. I am only slightly familiar with the books. We all found the building tours interesting. We went on a shorter, cheaper version of the tour which....  more »
  • FUN!! It was a little pricey for our large family, but it offered some neat history. We especially enjoyed the Surveyor’s House and the house in town. The gift shop had great gift and souvenir options as well. Enjoyed it but wish it was a bit more affordable.
  • Take your grandchildren here. Don't have grandchildren? Go yourself. Very fun and informative. Skip amusement parks this year. Costumes not required but highly advised.
  • My daughter and I loved it. We did the tour and our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Our guide pointed out places to visit like Loftus'store and directions to the cemetery and the homestead. The clerk in the Loftus store was very nice and told us some of the history of the store too. The museum has free maps that have all the sites of interest marked so you can also explore on your own if you don't want the tour.
  • Living history, my 7 year old was amazed that "this is the REAL place where happened!?" We went for the Pageant which started at 8pm and included live actors, a narrator, horses, and period scene/costumes. When you go, arrive early to the pageant and enjoy the pre-show activities. I recommend bug spray and a lawn chair, it's an outdoor show. Also, there are other Laura Ingalls Wilder things to see and do in town, so make time for those too as long as you're in DeSmet. Our personal favorite was the shop had a bonnet and apron set for $25, how could we not :)
  • Loved this historical tour. Plan for at least 2hrs to see and hear the tour. It's worth the $14 adult admission

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