I really wanted to have the full Laura Ingalls experience so in preparation I reread all of the Little House series in two weeks! I must say that reading these books again as an adult and a parent was really rewarding. I picked up on things I'm sure that I never noticed as a child. With all of the books read and our reservations made we were off!
The first item on our agenda was the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic homes tour and museum. They have both a walking and driving tour of the different places in De Smet. We started with the guided tour which started at the Surveyors' House. If you want to know more about these buildings I would suggest reading the books or visiting the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes website. Having just read all the books it was almost surreal to be in this home that the family actually lived in. Laura's descriptions were fresh in my mind and now I could clearly envision exactly what she was describing.
|My dear friend Katie took this photo. This was a happy accident since I forgot to change the settings from all of our outdoor photos from earlier.|
|Another photo by Katie with the right settings this time.|
|Katie had to take a turn on the fiddle too.|
|Charles Ingalls helped build this Congregational Church. It was the first church erected in De Smet.|