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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society

De Smet, SD

Experience the original Surveyors' house written about in Laura Ingalls Wilder's book "By the Shores of Silver Lake". Learn a lesson in the original First School of De Smet, which Laura and her sister Carrie attended. Visit the home that Pa built on third street, the last home that Ma and Pa lived in. These three historic structures are filled with original historic artifacts that belonged to Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family. Discover Laura, your "Little Town" adventure starts here. Located in the heart of De Smet, SD, one block east of the courthouse.

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105 Olivet Avenue
PO Box 426
De Smet, SD 57231





Phone: 605-854-3383

Toll Free: 800-880-3383


Family, History & Culture, National Parks & Natural Wonders, Entertainment

Adults $8.00
Children $4.00
Children under 5 free

Admission is by guided tour only -Please allow a minimum of 2 hours to complete the tour of the two original homes and to visit the Discover Laura Center.

Accessibility - The Gift Shop and first floor of the Ingalls Home are wheelchair accessible.

Group and Student Tours - Reservations are required for group tours. Teachers, group tour escorts and bus drivers receive a complimentary pass. Please call in advance for reservations.

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Group Friendly