Independence, Kansas, was home to a very young Laura Ingalls and her family during the year 1869. This is the setting for the second book in her series, Little House on the Prairie.
Although the original one-room, log cabin which the Ingalls family lived in did not survive, the foundation of the cabin appeared to have survived and in the 1970’s local Kansans were able to begin to recreate the cabin on this site and discover other traces of the Ingalls’ time there, such as Pa’s well and the stone fence he built. The Little House on the Prairie Museum was the eventual fruit of their efforts.
We visited the museum during the summer of 2016 and loved it. The one-room cabin replicates the original structure which Pa and Ma Ingalls built and there are several additional historical buildings which are full of information about nineteenth century life on the plains. It was particularly interesting to learn more about Dr. Tann, the African American doctor who cared for the Ingalls family when they had malaria, as described in the book.
The day of our visit, the surrounding fields, prairie grasses, and very big skies, were absolutely beautiful. We loved the chance to just linger in the picnic area, look at the farm animals, and feel the sun and wind on our faces; a very Little House on the Prairie feeling, indeed.
Make sure to check out the gift shop. Many of the items are made locally, and thus, very unique.
This is the final stop on our Kansas Trail!
Rebecca Blake Beech