Danbury CT Update

Rose's House in Danbury from Road
Rose’s House in Danbury from Road

As many of you know Laura’s daughter Rose Wilder Lane lived for a good chunk of years on what was originally a small farm outside Danbury, Connecticut. The neighborhood grew up around her, complete with a church that would later host one of her memorial services. Today it’s in a nice neighborhood full of older large homes and inconvenient driveways. While the location of the home has long been known, and photos of it graced articles Rose wrote about remodeling your home, its current owner has not been consistently open to Wilder visitors, peppering a few offered tours with often refusing to respond even to tell you, you weren’t welcome. That may change. The home is now being offered for sale. There is sometimes talk of turning it into a museum, but I don’t think there would be a long term local interest and the furnishings that would have made that easy to do have been scattered amongst the existing museums. My long cherished hope would be that it would be purchased by someone looking to do a bed and breakfast. Not only would it be in a great location for that, I’m sure many Wilder fans would be chomping to spend the night. I hope someone like that buys it.

The Cottonwood Tree blog dug up the realtor offering the home for sale and go permission to post photos on her blog of the house. It’s remarkable how much it still looks like Rose’s house, down to the brick floor she insisted on in the kitchen. I’d love to know if they still have the hang from the wall toilet and if they ever fixed the door into one room off the staircase that had a bad case of look out for that first step it’s a lo0-loo, but I’m grateful to get a peek inside Rose’s home.

Check it out on The Cottonwood Tree:
http://thecottonwoodtree.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/a-virtual-tour-of-rose-wilder-lanes-former-danbury-home/

Sandra Hume posted this link with more on Beyond Little House’s Facebook page:
http://m.newstimes.com/business/article/House-once-owned-by-daughter-of-Laura-Ingalls-5722508.php?cmpid=fb-mobile

Sarah S. Uthoff 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.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving 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. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

One thought on “Danbury CT Update”

  1. As one who lives on the East Coast, fans could certainly enjoy something closer to home. I can just imagine going to upstate NY to see the Wilder farm…and then heading to Connecticut to visit this BnB…and then north to visit some Louisa May Alcott destinations.

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