The view from Wilder's porch.
The view from Wilder’s porch.

Because of the popularity of the Little House books and helped by the success of the Little House on the Prairie television series by Michael Landon, there are at least seven Laura Ingalls Wilder museums throughout the Midwest, in the states of IowaKansasMinnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. For a cross-country tour of Laura Ingalls Wilder homesteads, click here: Wagon Tour.

The Rock Home where Wilder began writing the Little House books
The Rock Home where Wilder began writing the Little House books

The Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield, Missouri, does not appear in the Little House series or in the TV show.  In a sense, though, it is the most important of all the Laura Ingalls Wilder sites because it is the place where the books were written.  Laura and her husband Almanzo  lived most of their life together on this property. They worked hard to grow it into the productive farm which it became.

The Historic Farmhouse
The Historic Farmhouse

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum has more artifacts, papers, and historical items belonging to Laura and her family than than any other museum. They even have Pa’s fiddle!   It is a prime destination for fans of Laura from all over the world.

This is the second stop on our Missouri Trail!

Rebecca Blake Beech