Spring Valley, Minnesota is one of the smaller Laura Ingalls Wilder sites. Spring Valley is where Almanzo’s parents moved once they left Malone, New York. Laura, Almanzo and Rose moved there from De Smet when Diphtheria proved the straw that broke the camel’s back. Royal ultimately returned as well and is buried there. Today you can still see a barn on the former Wilder farm which is believed to date to the time (it’s private property look from the road) and a museum where they have done an amazing job of pulling together everything they could about the James Wilder family even ads from Royal’s store. The museum is located in a former church. It was finished shortly after Laura and Manly’s arrival and they attended with the Wilders.
Spring Valley MN Events
Their town event is called Wilder Fest. This year the dates are May 16-17 and the museum will be open that week-end but officially opens the next week-end (Memorial Week-end) the 23rd.
In June they have our annual Ice Cream Social on Friday the 19th from 5pm -7pm at the museum, complete with homemade BBQ pork sandwiches, potato salad, beans, and of course, pie and ice cream.
They will also be holding their Eliza Jane School Days this year again in July -The 27-28 and 30-31. They are trying two 2 day sessions to accommodate more students, though they can come for one day and still have a lot of fun. It runs from 9am – 11:30 each day. Just a touch of old fashioned school days and living in the late 1800s.
If you want to try a different Wilder experience head to Southeast Minnesota.
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