Day 17 – Visiting the Ingalls House

A reconstruction of the Ingalls homestead, based on tax records.

A reconstruction of the Ingalls homestead, based on tax records.

Most of the center is on the northwest corner; we visit an old house that has a record of Laura’s travels, then stagger down the large grassy hill – once we get Mum her walking stick. Trixie and Pops check out a sod house and a tarpaper shanty hidden on the steep side of the hill, then rejoin Mum at the barn before we go into the house.

The house itself is a reconstruction from the books description, a modest dwelling that was added to while they lived there, and the interpreter is quite good, explaining the aspects of the Ingalls time there.  It is quite different from the idealized version you see on TV.

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