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Laura's History



In a log cabin near Pepin, Wisconsin, on February 7, 1867 Laura Elizabeth Ingalls was born. Her parents were Charles Phillip Ingalls and Caroline Quiner Ingalls. They possessed a pionnering spirit that urged them ever westward, to lands of promise and hope.

View a letter from Laura...

In 1885, Laura Elizabeth Ingalls and Almanzo James Wilder were married August 25 in Dakota Territory by the Reverend E. Brown of the Congregational Church.

In 1894, Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder, with their daughter Rose, settled on Rocky Ridge Farm near Mansfield, Missouri. They established a successful farm, built their own home and settled down permanently in the Ozark hills. Rose grew up and moved away, and became the well-known author, journalist and world traveler Rose Wilder Lane.

In 1932, Laura Ingalls Wilder published the first of her beloved "Little House" books, which described the pioneering of the Ingalls and Wilder families during the 1870's - 1890's. All of the nine manuscripts for these famous books were penned right here on Rocky Ridge Farm. Their publication made the Wilders well-known international literary characters.

Laura wrote about the places she grew up in in the Little House books, including :

  • LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS: Pepin, Wisconsin
  • LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE: Independence, Kansas
  • ON THE BANKS OF PLUM CREEK: Walnut Grove, Minnesota
  • BY THE SHORES OF SILVER LAKE, THE LONG WINTER, LITTLE TOWN ON THE PRAIRIE, THESE HAPPY GOLDEN YEARS, THE FIRST FOUR YEARS:
    DeSmet, South Dakota
View a printable map of Laura's Travels...

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The Laura Ingalls Wilder Home was proud to host the Smithsonian Institute's Museum on Main Street exhibition titled "Between Fences." This exhibit was on display from May 12 through June 23, 2007 with the generous support from the Mansfield Community Center. Click here for details.



Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Journey of a Pioneer Family
Traveling Display - Click here for highlights of this exciting event.

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