How to Visit the Little House on the Prairie

By Contributor

How to Visit the Little House on the Prairie. On a quiet piece of land outside of Independence, Kansas, sits a log cabin, marking the site of one of America's most beloved stories, "The Little House on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Today, fans visit the reproduction cabin and see where the Ingalls family once lived. Besides the Kansas prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder fans can visit Walnut Grove, Minnesota, and Burr Oak, Iowa, for more little houses on the prairie.

Visit Independence, Kansas

Follow highway 75 13 miles southwest of Independence to the official little house on the prairie located on the Country Road.

Take part in the Prairie Days Festival each June, and enjoy wagon rides, character contests, square dancing and intertribal Indian dancers.

Tour the reproduction log cabin, built as Laura Ingalls Wilder described it in her book.

Visit Walnut Grove, Minnesota

Take a tour of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum located on 330th street, in Walnut Grove.

Marvel at the huge collection of Kelton Dolls as well as quilts made by Laura and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane.

Visit the museum gift shop where they carry an assortment of pioneer souvenirs, including sun bonnets, aprons and other handmade crafts.

Visit the site of the Ingalls family dug-out, the setting of "On the Banks of Plum Creek" just one-and-a-half miles north of Walnut Grove.

Visit Burr Oak, Iowa

Take part in the annual "Laura Days" every June in Burr Oak. Participants can watch a pioneer-themed parade, relay races and tractor pulls.

Visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum on 236th Ave., located in the former Masters Hotel, where the Ingalls family lived from 1876 to 1877.

Enjoy lunch and old-fashioned shopping at the Burr Oak Mercantile and Country Cafe.

Tip

The former Masters Hotel is the only official Laura Ingalls Wilder childhood homesite still in its original location.