8.02.2011

Laura Ingalls Homestead

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While in South Dakota we visited The Ingalls Homestead, a fantastic hands on attraction where the Ingalls lived and where Laura wrote about. 
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This little pony followed us around quite a bit, what a sweetheart! 
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Here is what their underground home would have looked like. It was...earthy. 
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Covered wagon ride was a must. 
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There was even a darling little schoolhouse where the girls got to put on aprons and bonnets and play games.
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They even hang the laundry out to dry. 
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Hello again little pony!
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We sat under a tree for a bit and just enjoyed being there, I highly recommend spending an afternoon there, especially if you have children! 
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Dress-Gift from Aunt


29 comments:

Emma Robertson said...

These pictures are just breath taking! So much beauty. I love the school house and the bonnets! When I was young we lived near Mennonites and my mom bought me one of their hand made bonnets, I wore it every where.

xo,
Em

titancia said...

What an awesome place to visit! I'm re-reading the Little House series right now (I just finished the 3rd book) and even came across instructions for those rag curls in the book!

Bell's Belles Vintage said...

Love the scenery and the animals and that sweet home....love your hat too!

kate gabrielle said...

This looks so neat!!! I would love to take a trip there... my mom read the entire series to me when I was little so it would be amazing to actually visit the places I could only see with my childhood imagination :)

Vanessa, Take only Memories said...

This is exactly where I want to be now! It looks so idyllic!

Carys said...

What a beautiful place for photos! That pony is adorable too!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

Shady Del Knight said...

That picture proves what I have known all along. You are out standing in your field!

casey said...

So neat! The pictures with that sweet pony are just too cute! ;) Definitely putting this on my list of places to see in the US before I die (which hopefully gives me a long time! lol.). ;)

Bridget said...

When I was about 8, we stopped in De Smet, but only for the cottonwoods. I picked up a branch from each of them (one tree for each of Pa's girls). It was incredible that they were still standing.

Barn House Antiques said...

It looks like an amazing place!

Beth said...

Ooooh...so jealous! I live in WI, and my parents live in WY. Everytime we drive out to visit we drive past the interstate exit for De Smet. It's so far out of the way we never stop. That is going to have to change, darn it! Looks like you had a blast.

BaronessVonVintage said...

Oh, this post filled my heart with joy. I loved the books as a youth. What a very special place...wonderful that the younger ones got to experience it!

Rachel said...

All these photos are so beautiful! I'm getting extremely jealous of your midwestern vacation, haha! I really want to visit all the places your've been posting!

Amber Blue Bird said...

that looks beautiful. I will have to put this on my must see list.

The Glamorous Housewife said...

Little House On The Prairie are my favorite books! I cant wait to visit.

Thanks doll,
The Glamorous Housewife

Coedith said...

Oh I loved that calf. I want to be it's foster mama. Highlight of the trip.

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

ah. a dream come true, it would seem. I want to go!!!

Mrs Amber said...

Oh fun! It looks like it was beautiful there!

farbpenchilla said...

this seems to be such a wonderful place. oh and you look gorgeous as always <3

Mary said...

That is so beautiful, I hope that someday I get the opportunity to travel there! Laura Ingalls Wilder's books meant so much to me when I first read them when I was a little girl, it would be enchanting to see the actual places that she wrote about.

Alice said...

Wonderful pics!! And I love that pony!!! So cute ^__^

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Rags and Feathers Vintage said...

I remember when I was little and I read the "Little House..." book where they lived in the dug-out house (By the Shores of Silver Lake I think?) Anyway, that's just how I imagined it! also, that pony is adorable!

The Witchery Vintage said...

What beautiful pictures! What an unforgettable trip!

In The Heyday said...

Am loving the pics of your trip, makes me want to go adventuring too!

CandaceClay said...

These posts just make me laugh because I grew up about 20 mins from there! haha, It's funny how differently you look at things when they are 'normal' and everyday to you. I'm glad you are enjoying my home state!

PuppyLovePrincess said...

ah! i want a pony for christmas!

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Solanah,
Thankyou for another delightful tour!
Blessings Linnie

Deoma's Boutique said...

Beautiful photos! The "Little House" series has always been one of my favorites! Lovely area!

Colleen said...

Oh my god, can you imagine growing up like that? That would be crazy. Looks like a really interesting place. I loved those books when I was a kid!