Worth a Visit: De Smet in South Dakota

De Smet, South Dakota© 2009 Courtesy of South Dakota Office of Tourism

105 Olivet Ave., De Smet, South Dakota

This is the Little Town on the Prairie made famous by Laura Ingalls Wilder in the Little House books describing her childhood here in the 1880s. For a self-guiding map of the town locating the places she wrote about, go to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, next to the Surveyor’s House.

The map leads you to 16 re-stored places and sites, including the Loftus store, the church that “Pa helped build,” the home where Laura and Almanzo Ingalls lived, and the family homestead.

The society gives guided tours of the Surveyor’s House, where the family lived for the first winter on the Dakota prairie, and the Ingalls House, built by Laura’s father, furnished with many original pieces.

Open year-round. Tours weekdays year-round, and Sat. May – Sept.; daily Jun.–Aug. Admission charged.


(800) 880-3383

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