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Mansfield, Missouri

Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum

Where the author wrote her beloved "Little House" books. 

During the course of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life, she traveled through several states, including Wisconsin, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and Missouri. While there are several historic sites along the route of her travels, the Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Historic Home & Museum features the concluding scenes of her life. It is the place where she settled with Almanzo and their daughter, Rose, and where she wrote her Little House books. 

At this location, visitors will have the opportunity to see and experience Laura’s homes, the historic farmhouse and the Rock House on Rocky Ridge; “Laura’s Vegetable Garden”, an addition created to honor Laura’s passion for gardening. The museum will be of special interest to fans of the Little House series. Here, visitors will discover Pa’s fiddle, handwritten manuscripts for the Little House books, Laura’s needlework, Almanzo’s tools, and many other keepsakes that readers will recognize. Another portion of the museum is dedicated to Rose Wilder Lane. In addition, the museum has collected artifacts that span over a century of pioneering history. 

Know Before You Go

Rocky Ridge Farm is only 45 miles east of Springfield, Missouri on highway 60. From Springfield take Highway 60 east to Mansfield and take the second Mansfield exit. Turn right off of the exit ramp and continue on that street into town. It dead-ends at the city square. Turn left at the square and continue for less than a mile to the historic home. The farm house and museum are on the right, parking is on the left.

The museum operates from March 1 – November 15. It is open Monday thru Saturday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM, and on Sunday from 12:30PM to 5:00PM.

Admission:

Children Under 6 - FREE
Children 6 to 17 - $7.00
Adults 18 & Over - $14.00

Admission includes access to the museum and tours of the farmhouse and Rock House where the stories were written.