Walnut Grove, Minnesota: Laura Ingalls Wilder Sod Hut SpotThis was where she lived before she moved to the Little (non-sod) House on the Prairie.
- Hwy 5, Walnut Grove, MN
- 1.5 miles north of town on Hwy 5, then turn right (east) and follow the signs to the parking and picnic area along Plum Creek. Museum at 330 8th St.
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They also have events that go on in July during the time of the pageant. There is a festival in the park with games and crafts and such, a Laura and Nellie look-alike contest and lots of daily events that are planned. The pageant (outdoor play) has been going on for 30 years and is a must-see for Little House fans.[Alicia, 05/25/2006]
You list this and two other "attractions" together, and in the wrong places. The homestead is a few miles north of the "Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Highway," and is in fact a tour of a pile of dirt as described. The Museum is located in Walnut Grove, a couple blocks south of the aforementioned highway. The third item, the rock with a plaque, is near the Homestead site, but just off the road, and nicely landscaped. Also, in addition to the parade, there is the ever-changing pageant "Fragments of a Dream," performed on weekends in the summer at a natural ampitheatre a few miles west of Walnut Grove.[ALC, 07/12/2002]
While there is a Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, the site itself is nothing more than a "slight dip" in the ground where the sod dugout once occupied the banks of Plum Creek. The family left town when when swarms of grasshoppers destroyed their wheat crop two years in a row.
There's a little rock off "Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Highway" that marks the spot where the Ingalls family built their little sod hut. In the summer, they have a cheesy parade in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder.[Stephen Collins, 03/17/1998]
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