Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote a book called FARMER BOY about Almanzo's experience growing up in New York. The Wilder family was quite wealthy compared to the Ingalls family. Inside the church is a photo of the house the Wilder's built in Spring Valley. It no longer stands, but it was quite large compared to the houses in which Laura and her family lived.
The Wilder barn still stands but is located on private property although people do drive by it, I chose not to. I did include a picture of it below. Almanzo's brother Royal is the only Wilder who stayed in Spring Valley until his death. He owned a store in town, a short walk from the church which is now a bar. He is buried in the Spring Valley cemetary.
It was a good trip on a very hot, hot Minnesota day. The church is not air conditioned. From here we drove to Burr Oak, Iowa to visit another of Laura's homes.