Day 18 – Walnut Grove

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove

After returning to the gift shop, we get back on track, and drive to Walnut Grove.

Compared to the prior two shrines to Laura Ingalls, this is like comparing a flute to a brass band. The highlight of the collection aside from a few articles of Laura’s that are set aside like a saint’s relics are items from the television show that raised the book series to an American legend. The rest of the collection are period pieces from the time of the Ingalls, and when you have seen one vintage cookstove, washtub or quilt-covered bedstead, you have really seen them all.

The tiny village outside and other exhibits are really more geared for younger children, which is fine – kids need a place to learn about local history too.

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