If you are a fan on the Little House on the Prairie books, then you will definitely want to visit the Laura Ingalls birthplace. It’s a bit of a drive to get out there, but the scenery is gorgeous. Keep reading to learn more about visiting the home where one of the most beloved children’s authors of all time was born.
We spent last Christmas with my husband’s parents in Wisconsin. Our big plan for the week was to visit the Mall of America so I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on other activities. We had a pretty small budget for this vacation, so I spent the past few months searching for free family activities in Wisconsin.
About an hour away from my in-laws is the Laura Ingalls Wilder birthplace. Since I loved reading the Little House on the Prairie books as a child (and the Bookworm is currently reading them) I put visiting the home where Laura Ingalls was born on my list to do if the weather cooperated.
Fortunately for us, the weather was beautiful and free from snow so we were able make the drive out there It was cold, but not unbearably so. Even in the winter, the drive is gorgeous and we enjoyed the scenery.
Directions to the Laura Ingalls Birthplace
The Laura Ingalls Wilder birthplace is located at the Little House Wayside near Pepin, Wisconsin. Pepin is about an hour from Eau Claire, Wisconsin and about an hour and a half from Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you have a GPS in your car, put in this address to navigate to the Laura Ingalls birthplace: N3238 County Rd Cc, Stockholm, WI 54769
To get to the Laura Ingalls birthplace: Follow County Highway 35 northwest out of Pepin and turn right onto County Rd. CC. After several miles (sorry I didn’t make note of the exact mileage), you will come to The Little House Wayside. There is a Wisconsin Historical Marker there and you can see the log cabin from the road.
About the Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthplace
The Little House Wayside is a 3 acre handicap-accessible rest area that contains a historically accurate replica of the home where Laura Ingalls was born on February 7, 1867. This is the book that is described in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book Little House in the Big Woods. The site is maintained by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society.
The site also contains restrooms and picnic tables. If you are visiting during warmer months, it’s a perfect place to stop for a picnic lunch!
The original Ingalls cabin is long gone, but there is an unfurnished replica cabin on the site of the original home. The cabin is unfurnished and you can go inside and walk around. The cabin itself consists of a central room with a fireplace, 2 small rooms off the central area, and a loft.
I found it amusing that my husband had to duck to go through the doors of the cabin and my 14 year old daughter just barely fit through. People were definitely shorter back then.
We had quite an interesting family discussion about how the Ingalls family lived in such a small home and what life must have been like back then. It really made my children think about how it would have been to live with hardly any toys or possessions.
The Big Woods Laura talked about in the book is also gone, replaced by farm land. However, it was a neat experience just being on the land where Laura was born.
Little House Wayside Wisconsin Historical Marker
I love coming across historical markers. I enjoy reading them and learning a little bit more about the history of the area. So of course, I had to take a picture of the Wisconsin Historical marker at the Little House Wayside.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Pepin, WI
The Little House wayside is about 8 miles from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Pepin, so be sure to schedule an hour or two to visit the museum while you are in the area. It’s a neat little place to learn more about Laura Ingalls’ childhood.
If you are looking for other Laura Ingalls Wilder places to visit, be sure to check out Little House on the Prairie. This website has a great list of Laura Ingalls Wilder home sites and museums dedicated to the author, as well as sites you can visit that are linked to the Little House on the Prairie television show.
Enjoy the Scenery on the way to the Little House Wayside
If you decide to visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder birthplace, be sure to enjoy the scenery on County Rd. CC. It is a really pretty area, even in the winter.
The highlight of our drive was seeing bald eagles circling around one of the hilltops. We don’t have many bald eagles back at home in Ohio and had previously only seen them at our local zoo. So it was quite a treat to see them in the wild. The above picture was taken from across the Chippewa River where we stopped to see some ice fishing. (Another novelty for us Ohioans!)
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If you are looking for free family fun the next time you are in western Wisconsin, be sure to check out the Laura Ingalls Wilder birthplace. Between the Little House Wayside and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, it was a fun way to spend an afternoon.
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