Courtesy of Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum
Wilder DaysLittle girls enjoy "Little House" books at the Wilder Days in Mansfield.
Literary Landmarks: Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867-1957
Born two years after the Civil War, Laura Ingalls Wilder lived an American pioneer’s life, homesteading the Great Plains, teaching in the Dakota Territory, and gathering a trove of life experiences marked by strong family ties, resourcefulness, and courage.
By 1894, she and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, had settled on 40 acres near Mansfield, Rocky Ridge Farm. It was in this stage of life that Ingalls Wilder began writing, urged to do so by her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. These experiential writings grew into autobiographical novels known as the “Little House books.” Little House on the Prairie catapulted Ingalls Wilder to fame in 1934.
A dedicated crew of “Little House” enthusiasts has spent decades preserving Rocky Ridge Farm through the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum. The museum preserves life as the author lived it, not as she immortalized it. Rocky Road Farm is recognized nationally. Visitors can tour the farm for Wilder Days in September, which celebrates Ingalls Wilder’s works and introduces visitors to historically authentic crafts, old-time singalongs, fiddlers’ contests, and plenty of activities for kids.