On the trail of Laura Ingalls Wilder in Walnut Grove
From our overnight stay in Worthington, Minnesota it was a short drive to Walnut Grove and our continued quest to visit as many of the Ingalls Wilder sites as possible. The name of Walnut Grove is synonymous with the “Little House On The Prairie” TV series, although the Ingalls only lived there on two occasions for a total of four years. The actual show was not filmed on location in South Dakota, they preferred the warmer climate of California (and who can blame them!)
A short distance from Walnut Grove is the dugout house where they lived in by Plum Creek, but the main place of interest is the museum in down town Walnut Grove, which as a location could be easily missed.
The museum’s collections are housed in a series of interesting buildings, including an 1898 depot, a chapel, an onion-domed house, dugout display, little red schoolhouse, early settler home, and a covered wagon display.
Also on display are memorabilia from visits by the leading stars from the “Little House on the Prairie” TV series. Every year in July there is a pageant including live performances of stories by “Laura” depicting her life and the characters living in Walnut Grove at the time.