The Almanzo Wilder Farm located between Malone and Burke, New York had a late start as a museum, but has done impressive work. It not only boasts the only family home described in the “Little House” books that is still in its original location, but also has rebuilt the barns and outbuildings which are key to show it was a farm not just a house. They started with a multi-year archaeological dig which revealed the locations and sizes of almost all of the outbuildings and were able to determine things like the original porches of the house. Without the growth of trees in between, on a good day you could see Canada from the houseyard. There’s no way to get around that it’s a long drive down a two lane from anywhere, but a visit there is worth it.
OPEN FOR TOURS BY APPOINTMENT
Beginning in May, advance appointments can be made for tours, depending on tour guide availability. Minimum admission is $25. Please call or email to schedule. 2 weeks notice preferred.
OPEN DAILY FOR THE SEASON, MAY 28th
Monday – Saturday, 10am-4pm; Sunday 12pm-4pm. Last tour all days at 3:00pm.
CELEBRATION OF YOUTH
Saturday, July 30th, 10am-4pm.
- Children’s art show will be on display, along with student essays. Award ceremony.
- Kids art activities, 19th century games, vendors, food available.
- Morgan horses from Wm. H. Miner Institute
- Watch for more details, including entertainment!
CULTURAL FESTIVAL- IRISH FENIAN FESTIVAL
Saturday, August 27th, 10am-4pm.
Celebrating the Irish heritage of the area in the mid 19th century with food, music, demonstrations, and more, Fenian Raid reenactments. More details to follow.
ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL & CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY ENCAMPMENT
Saturday, September 24th, 10am-4pm.
- All Wilder buildings will be open for self-guided tours.
- Civil War living history encampment and skirmishes
- Pumpkin painting and children’s 19th century game in the apple orchard, children’s corn pit in the barn, Farmer Boy readings.
- 7th Annual “As Time Passes” adult juried art show on display in the museum. Vote for People’s Choice.
- Food and beverages available. Freshly made donuts! More details to follow.
Sunday, September 25th, 10am-4pm
- Open extended Sunday hours 10am-4pm; Regular admission and guided tours available.
- Civil War Encampment and skirmish
FINAL DAY OF REGULAR SEASON, October 2nd
OPEN FOR TOURS BY APPOINTMENT For the month of October, advance appointments can be made for tours, depending on tour guide availability. Minimum admission is $25. Please call or email to schedule. 2 week’s notice preferred.
“CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH ALMANZO”
Saturday, December 3rd – 11am-3:pm Free admission. Come and enjoy readings from Farmer Boy Christmas chapter in the parlor of the house. (Adults must accompany and remain with child.) Enjoy cookies, mulled cider, Christmas carols, and children’s activities. Come visit our gift store for last minute shopping with complimentary gift wrapping for purchased items. “Happy Christmas!”
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.