October usually is about the end of the main Laura Ingalls Wilder season for the year. If you plan a Laura trip during or after October, make sure you call ahead. They may or may not be able to accommodate you by opening the museum, etc. or giving lists of what there is to see. On the plus side you get autumn foliage and then snow photos. I called around and checked websites to find out when the Laura museums were officially closing for the year. Find contact information for the homesites/museums here:
The weather forecast is still calling for a cold and snowy winter once it does arrive so account for that possibility in your plans if you are planning a winter trip.
Pepin, WI – Closed for the season Oct. 28, 2018.
Independence, KS – September 1st, switch to reduced winter hours. Winter hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10-5 pm starting in September till November 1st. They closed for the season on November 4, 2018.
Walnut Grove, MN – Museum grounds closed for the season October 31, 2018, but their Gift Shop/Visitor Center will remain open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00 and closed Sunday. Our museum buildings will reopen in April, weather permitting.
Burr Oak, IA – Closed October 20, 2018. Beginning in September they have reduced hours.
De Smet, SD –
Memorial Society – open all year with slightly reduced hours during winter, Monday–Friday 9 am -4 pm. They suggest tour times at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Ingalls Homestead – Open depending on the weather through October and then closed at the end of October. Office remains open for making reservations, etc. Call and leave a message if they don’t pick up. Scheduled activities only take place through September 30th. People are welcome to walk around even after they are closed for the year. Look for maps in plastic holders beside visitor center/gift shop doors.
Mansfield, MO – Season ends November 15, 2018. Winter hours are November 16 – December 15 by appointment only (call ahead). Bookstore 10 am -2 pm. They will reopen December 1st for a Christmas event.
Malone, NY – Closed October 27, 2018. Can arrange tours by appointment if volunteers available . Minimum admission is $25 for three or less. Four or more admitted at regular price. Arrange by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org Re-opens for Christmas With Almanzo event (1 Day) December 1, 2018.
Spring Valley, MN – They closed for the season at the end of October, but they reopen for one day for a Christmas tea. Reservations required.
Keystone, SD – Closed September 15, 2018.
Vinton, IA – Closed
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 Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.