Day 17 – The Ingalls Homestead

The Ingalls land - in the center, a pond or "swale" helped provide water for the crops.

The Ingalls land – in the center, a pond or “swale” helped provide water for the crops.

Our next stop is the Ingalls Homestead in De Smet, South Dakota. Back in New England, a ‘homestead’ might be a mere house. Here the original 160 acres of land, a vast space, is preserved and worked in a fashion similar to the way the Ingalls worked it- although part is reserved for camping.

The visitor’s center in on the northwest corner of the land, atop a hill that overlooks the fields. To the northeast corner lies a relocated church, to the southwest corner lies a schoolhouse, representing the things from the Ingalls’ era.

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