Homesites Open for the Season 2013

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Season has officially gotten underway again. If you plan a Laura trip before they open, make sure you call ahead. The homesite museums that are not fully open, may or may not be able to accommodate you by opening the museum, etc. or giving lists of what there is to see.

Pepin, WI – Opens May 15, 2013

Kitchen Display at Pepin
Kitchen Display at Pepin

Independence, KS – Opened April 4, 2013

Walnut Grove, MN – Museum opened April 1, 2013. Dugout Site not open until May. The date is dependent on weather conditions, if there is still snow or if it’s flooded it won’t open as early. Call ahead and check.

Burr Oak, IA – Opened April 1, 2013, Mon.-Sat.  10am-4pm, Sun. 12-4, After Memorial Day Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 12-4. (Note: This fall their schedule will change slightly they’ll be open Tues.-Sun after Labor Day until the close of the season Oct. 13th.)

De Smet, SD –
Memorial Society – Open in April Mon.-Fri. 9am-4pm, in May Mon.-Sat. 9am-4pm, June-August 9am-5:30pm

Ingalls Homestead – Opens Memorial Day Weekend, Sat., May  25, 2013 for regular 9am -7pm every day with activities from 10am -6pm  schedule. They are hosting school visits M-F beginning April 29.  Visitors are welcome to join up with a school group, but should call or email first to get specific times as they vary daily.  800-776-3594 –

Mansfield, MO – Opened March 1st, 2013

Malone, NY – Opens Saturday before Memorial Day, Sat., May 25, 2013 and then open 7 days a week. I asked and they said the one-room school replica exterior is now done, they still hope to get more for the interior.

Spring Valley, MN – Opens May 18-19 from 10-4 each day for the Wilder Fest. Then starts regular hours on Memorial Day Weekend, Sat., May 25, 2013.

Keystone, SD – Opens June 1, 2013

Vinton, IA – Since they are kind of in a different situation, being part of an institution that has to be open all year. They don’t have stated open hours, but will gladly give a tour by appointment. Pat Barr wrote “We have Little House Site Tours on the following dates starting at 9:30 a.m.:  July 16, August 5, and September 23.  Anyone is welcome to join us.  Also, we will give a tour any day Monday through Friday.  Because the Old Main roof construction will not be done now until sometime in November, people might want to call for directions/assistance into the building.  They may call Justin Ruegg at 319-472-5221, Extension 1226 or myself at 319-472-5221, Extension 1110.”


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Sarah Uthoff - Trundlebed Tales

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

One thought on “Homesites Open for the Season 2013”

  1. Thanks, Sarah, for the good summary. Could this be posted on BLH as well? Maybe flesh-out Mansfield’s hours? I’m not sure when and where I’ll be going this year yet.


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