Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, Mansfield

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Mail orders over the phone and through our website are available year round. The Historic Home & Museum is open March 1st - November 15th.

"Where the Little House Books were written." - In 1894, Almanzo & Laura Ingalls Wilder, with their daughter Rose, settled on Rocky Ridge Farm near Mansfield, MO. In 1932, Laura Ingalls Wilder published the first of her beloved "Little House" books. Laura's home is just as she left it, carefully preserved as it was in 1957. As the New York Times quoted, "The house is bursting with treasures...a must detour for lovers of Laura's books." Our new Museum/Library keeps Laura's and Rose's memorabilia safe and available for visitors. We look forward to your visit!
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  • This was one of the highlights of my family's trip. Several of us are big Little House fans. They don't let you take pictures inside of the homes, which is a bummer. However, the farm house is... 
    This was one of the highlights of my family's trip. Several of us are big Little House fans. They don't let you take pictures inside of the homes, which is a bummer. However, the farm house is...  more »
  • If you are big fans of the tv show and the books, this is for you. There is a museum where you purchase tickets to tour the house. The museum is in a white building and has a nice gift shop and... 
    If you are big fans of the tv show and the books, this is for you. There is a museum where you purchase tickets to tour the house. The museum is in a white building and has a nice gift shop and...  more »
  • If you grew up reading Laura's books and subsequently watching the TV shows later you will love this museum. Both the Wilder Home & Museum and the Rocky Ridge Farmhouse are a must see if you're a... 
    If you grew up reading Laura's books and subsequently watching the TV shows later you will love this museum. Both the Wilder Home & Museum and the Rocky Ridge Farmhouse are a must see if you're a...  more »
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  • This is a must see for Laura Ingalls Wilder fans! The museum is FULL of artifacts from her life and very informative about her parents and siblings as well. The farmhouse is beautiful and so special for true fans to see. The rock house was also great to see, and you should take time for both, but the farmhouse is incredible. We also walked the path connecting the houses and enjoyed the beautiful views. Gift shop was awesome and reasonably priced.
  • So neat that this home was left just as it was when Laura lived in it (until the day she died). Awesome museum and tour guides are so friendly and willing to answer all your questions. Worth the drive and seeing both homes as well as the museum. There are picnic tables so you could make a day of it. We were only there for a couple hours but 1.5 hrs is probably the minimum you jeed to see it all. There is a trail between each home, but the parking for the historic home is a short (block or so) walk unless you have handicapped parking or it's a quiet day and they tell you to use the handicapped parking. I believe you can also visit Laura's burial site, but we did not have time for that. This is my favorite site for sure of all the Laura Ingalls Wilder homes. Very neat to see how the home was built with short cabinets etc for Laura since she was so short, and to learn about her daughter Rose and the home Rose built for her parents. Worth a visit!
  • We stayed for a week in the RV park. The park itself is set in a beautiful location at the edge of a pecan grove and a well manicured pond with pavilion. Sadly the pecans were not in season (July). We were late arrivals because of mechanical issues with our motorhome but someone was still there as night was falling to greet us, guide us into our designated spot and even brought extra....of everything I could possibly need to get hooked up. After being broken down on the side of the road in 100 degree heat, the thoughtfulness and the help was much appreciated. My granddaughter and I found a cave that was so cool. When I say cool, I mean it in both terms, (hip )(temp). You could feel the temperature dropping before we even found the entrance. My wife and granddaughter also enjoyed the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum.
  • This was an interesting place to go, but more geared towards adults. The museum had quite a few interesting facts and things to look at. The house tours were okay. Quick and one of them wasn’t as informative as the other. Definitely use the handicapped parking area to drop off older people, so they don’t have to make that up the hill walk on the White House and for the Rock House, the drive up and closer parking was nice. The tickets were a bit expensive for what you get. Probably wouldn’t go again.
  • This is an amazing must see for any Little House on the Prairie fan whether the books or TV show. Or if you just like older homes. The tour was a self guided tour due to the amount of people there. The guides were very knowledgeable and had great stories that have been passed down.

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