Laura’s Rocky Ridge Farm

Our first stop on “The Big Trip” was Mansfield, MO – the final home of Laura (Ingalls) and Almanzo Wilder.  Minnie Mouse and I started reading the Little House on the Prairie series last year as part of our homeschool curriculum.  We have enjoyed the books so much!  Can you believe that I have never read the series before?  I know!  So, because of our newfound love of all things Laura and Little House, we added a few of those historic sites to our itinerary.  We stayed our first night at the Laura Ingalls Wilder RV Park.  It was a quiet little place on the side of hill.  It had a cute little pond, and we found a bucket of fish food, so Minnie Mouse had to feed the fish.

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We headed down the road the next morning to the home of Laura and Almanzo.

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We wandered through the museum that held hundreds of memorabilia from both Laura and Almanzo’s families, as well as items about their daughter, Rose.  What a beautiful legacy Laura created with her life and stories.

Then we toured the white house — the original home that Almanzo built when they arrived in Mansfield, Missouri.  It has been kept just as it was, including their dishes and furniture.  It was delightful!  What a wonderful home, filled with treasures and memories.  Our tour guide was a sweet, older woman who told stories about Laura as if they had been good friends.

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From the white house we moved down the road to tour the Rock House.  As Laura and Almanzo aged, Rose wanted to provide them with a more modern home to make life easier, so she had this home built for them in 1928.  They never really liked it, and when Rose moved to New York City 8 years later, Laura and Almanzo moved back down the road to their original home!

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From here we headed up the road to our next destination!  We had a great time in Mansfield!  See you at the next stop!

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