After we were done with the tour in town, then we headed to The Ingalls Homestead. The sites in town were part of a tour led by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Society. They were a tour where you could look and listen, not touch or try. I am so glad that we went there first and Ewe took the tour by herself.
The Ingalls Homestead is called Laura's Living Prairie and it was the complete opposite of the sites in town. Our Lambs were a great age to go to this. We had only read the first book (Little House in the Big Woods) so the Lambs were a little confused asking to see sites that were in WI in that book, not sites that were in DeSmet. The tour didn't make much sense to them. Ingalls Homestead encouraged the children to touch everything. We stayed until 6pm and had a great afternoon. We all agreed we were glad we went there second.
Ingalls Homestead was expensive, our family was $36 with AAA discount and Lamb 3 was free. We all agreed it was worth it.
|First we all climbed this tower.|
|I took this photo of the places Laura Ingalls Wilder lived. The numbers are in order where they lived-yes they lived some places twice.|
|Lamb 1 standing in a hayloft barn like Pa built.|
|Lamb 2 working hard to pump water-can you see it in the photo coming out of the pipe?|
|Lamb 1 and 2 in a sleigh-I pictured my Grandma riding to church in this.|
|We took many photos of the Lambs riding and driving the stagecoach.|
|We rode a covered wagon that was built for rides at the Ingalls Homestead, much larger than a real covered wagon.|
|Each Lamb had a turn to take hold of the reins and drive the horses.|
Lamb 2 left his hat in the car and was sunburned the next day.
|In the driving seat of the wagon|
|Then there was an old car repair garage with activities for the children. The Lambs each used this machine to make a jump rope and see how they made rope.|
|They each took a turn to practice grinding wheat.|
|Lamb 1 practiced playing a pump organ. I couldn't help but contrast that with the pump organ behind a rope that we couldn't touch at the site in town.|
|Lamb 2 practiced sewing with a machine like Ma was so happy to receive.|
|The Lambs all helped to wash clothes on a washboard and hang them on the clothesline.|
|When we first got there the Lambs were timid, but before we left they all took a pony ride.|
Lamb 3 had a miniature pony
|Lamb 1 has come so far from his fear of animals|
|We sat in the pony cart but didn't take a real ride. It reminded me of Winona's Pony Cart (Betsy Tacy).|
It was 6pm but we still weren't done in DeSmet. More next time...