Friday, August 17, 2012
Visiting Laura Ingalls Wilder's Homestead in De Smet, South Dakota was a dream come true for me. I took my kids to the Homestead for the day on July 30th, 2012. Pa Ingalls built their home and farm on the 160 acres allotted to him by the U.S. Government. He needed to live there for 5 years and farm the land and then it would be his. Laura's last 4 books beginning with By the Shores of Silver Lake were written about her life here in De Smet. Silver Lake is within walking distance of the Homestead.
Laura and I are kindred spirits and have much in common besides our names. We were both born in 67 (100 years apart), we are both teachers, writers and raised on a farm, lived in Minnesota, and have younger sisters. When I graduated from college with my teaching degree my mom gave me a doll of Laura Ingalls. I have visited three of her houses so far. The one in Pepin, Wisconsin, Burr Oak, Iowa and now De Smet, South Dakota. De Smet is a place you can stay the whole day and if you want rent a covered wagon and sleep in it for the night. Who knew Literary places could be so much fun! I highly recommend you spend the day here in De Smet with your family.
Here I am in a bonnet and dress in the Schoolhouse. I have no idea how those girls can see in those bonnets.