Farming was a tough time and Pa, Ma and the girls moved to town from the homestead to be closer to work and school. First, Pa dug the cellar in 1887. It was a simple cellar with a dirt floor and dirt walls. His efforts on the new home were noted in the De Smet news, therefore an accurate date is available. Next, he began building the house. It was a simple, small home. Like many pioneer homes, this one was built one section at a time as time and funds allowed.

Farming was a tough time and Pa, Ma and the girls moved to town from the homestead to be closer to work and school. First, Pa dug the cellar in 1887. It was a simple cellar with a dirt floor and dirt walls. His efforts on the new home were noted in the De Smet news, therefore an accurate date is available. Next, he began building the house. It was a simple, small home. Like many pioneer homes, this one was built one section at a time as time and funds allowed.

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A Brief History of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Family Home on Third Street in De Smet, South Dakota

The first portion of the home consisted of two rooms on the main floor and a large room upstairs. Pa and Ma slept downstairs and the girls slept upstairs. At this time, Laura was no longer living with her family. The rest of the additions to the house are not as easily dated, although studying the wood, layout and family history enables historians to make educated speculations. The next portion of the house was the back kitchen. It is most commonly noted for the beautiful wall of cupboards…

A Brief History of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Family Home on Third Street in De Smet, South Dakota

The first portion of the home consisted of two rooms on the main floor and a large room upstairs. Pa and Ma slept downstairs and the girls slept upstairs. At this time, Laura was no longer living with her family. The rest of the additions to the house are not as easily dated, although studying the wood, layout and family history enables historians to make educated speculations. The next portion of the house was the back kitchen. It is most commonly noted for the beautiful wall of cupboards…

The "house in town" Laura described. Built by Charles Ingalls for his family, this house, still in it's original location in DeSmet, SD, was the last home he and Caroline lived in.

The "house in town" Laura described. Built by Charles Ingalls for his family, this house, still in it's original location in DeSmet, SD, was the last home he and Caroline lived in.

The Danbury, CT home of writer Rose Wilder Lane (daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder) is currently for sale.

A Virtual Tour of Rose Wilder Lane’s former Danbury Home

The Danbury, CT home of writer Rose Wilder Lane (daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder) is currently for sale.

Walnut Grove Post Office - Little House Wiki - Little House on the Prairie

Walnut Grove Post Office

Walnut Grove Post Office - Little House Wiki - Little House on the Prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum – Walnut Grove, MN

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum – Walnut Grove, MN

Didn't make it to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant? You'll love our in-depth look at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes in De Smet.

Didn't make it to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant? You'll love our in-depth look at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes in De Smet.

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