Soon after Laura's death in 1957, the Wilder Home Association was established. (You can read more here.) The Association has done a lovely job preserving both the main house and the Rock House, a small modern home gifted to her parents by Rose. There is also a museum of Ingalls and Wilder family artifacts, including Laura's Bible and reading glasses and Pa's fiddle.
Someday we'd love to return in September for Wilder Days. The festival includes a Laura and Little Farmer look-alike contest and a playing of Pa's fiddle. If only it wasn't during the school year... it's a bit of long drive.
One more note before I post any pictures: visitors are not allowed to take pictures inside the homes or museum. I would love to show you Almanzo's craftsmanship - he built the main house himself, over a period of time. (They just kept adding on!) And Laura's kitchen is adorable. The counters are built very low, because she was only 4'11"! There is a gallery at the official website here, and there is a gallery on the White House website from Laura Bush's visit in 2008. There are many pictures of the farmhouse (that kitchen!) in The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook, too.
|You park across the street from the farmhouse and museum. This sign is there to greet you.|
|One is much more enthusiastic than the other.|
|Look at that door!|
|Almanzo Wilder cut the wood and carried the rock to the farmhouse site himself.|
|View of one of the porches.|
|Cheesy family shot - thank you, total stranger! (Look at the youngest daughter. Sigh.)|
|Historic markers, located on the back porch. This is the door we entered from, which leads to that kitchen... that wonderful kitchen.|
|Back porch, off to the side.|
|By the way, you pay at the Museum. It is in this little building that you'll find treasure's such as Pa's fiddle, Laura's glasses, and a whole area set aside for Rose Wilder Lane.|
|One last picture: the historical marker at the site.|
|I guess you can walk to the Rock House, but the museum folk recommended driving there.|
|Laura and Almanzo found the Rock House to be very isolating. Even now, with other homes built between the farmhouse and the Rock House, the location is a very quiet (and beautiful) one.|
|A bit about the Rock House.|
|The location really was beautiful, though.|
Related post: Wilder Travels, Part One
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