The Laura Ingalls Wilder Season has officially gotten underway again. The homesites are now open now, but if you’re looking for a spring trip next year this will give you some ideas. Be sure to check the hours on the homesite’s website or call before you go out of the way. Never assume a homesite is open. I’ve learned that the hard way. 🙂
2016 Opening Dates
Pepin, WI – Opened May 13, 2016
Independence, KS – Opened April 1, 2016
Walnut Grove, MN – Museum opened April 1, 2016. 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 May 1, Mon–Sat limited hours through May. Hours change with
De Smet, SD –
Memorial Society – Opened limited hours in January – April, expand to Saturday during May, and then go to 7 days a week June 1st
Ingalls Homestead – Opened Memorial Day Weekend for regular hours 9am -7pm every day with activities from 10am -6pm. They host school visits M-F through May so if you plan on a visit before they officially open next year, you may not be out of luck. 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mansfield, MO –
Opened March 1st, 2016
Malone, NY –
Opened Sat., May 28, 2016 – Outside normal season dates advance appointments depend on tour guide availability. Minimum admission for non-open season tours is $25. Please call or email to schedule, and give the Homestead two weeks’ notice so we can schedule our volunteer guides. Regular season hours start May 28th.
Spring Valley, MN –
Regular hours on Memorial Day Weekend, Sat., May 28, 2016.
Keystone, SD – Opened June 1, 2016
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 will give a tour any day Monday through Friday. They may call Justin Ruegg at 319-472-5221, Extension 1226 or myself at 319-472-5221, Extension 1110.”
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.