Day 2: Little Town on the Prairie, The Laura Ingall's Wilder Homestead
Today we drove 6 hours and arrived at the Ingall's Homestead around 2:00pm. We spent 2 hours there. It was totally amazing to me, standing there on the 160 acres that the Ingall's family actually lived and farmed over 200 years ago. The buildings were not the originals of the Ingall's family, but they were original buildings from the area that resembled what the Ingall's family lived in over the years that Laura was growing up. Laura Ingalls Wilder Jayme is her biggest fan. This is a view of…
Sarah Lovenia Garland (left) and Florence Adelia Garland, Cap's sisters. Taken around 1883. Florence was the teacher in the De Smet school which Laura and Carrie attended. In 1887, Florence left home and married Charles Lansing Dawley, leaving Cap and his mother the only ones in their small boarding house, on the corner of Joliet Avenue. In 1886 - 1887, Vena had a baby girl, Madge, making Cap an uncle.
Robert Boast, a friend of Charles Ingalls; Boast and his new bride Ella "Ellie" arrived in De Smet in the winter of 1879-80 when the Ingalls family was living in the Surveyor's house. Mrs. Boast suffered from ill health and the beloved couple never had children, but their home became a popular gathering place for the young people of De Smet.