May 24, 2013

Wilder Farm opens Saturday


---- — BURKE — Two actors from the TV series “Little House on the Prairie” are expected at the grand opening of a one-room schoolhouse at the Almanzo Wilder Homestead this summer.

But numerous other events are slated before that occasion at the homestead, which opens for the season on Saturday.

Almonzo Wilder, who grew up on the farm, was husband of Laura Ingalls Wilder, whose series of “Little House” books includes “Farmer Boy,” which takes place there.

Her true tales of growing up on the prairie spawned the TV show.

Guided tours at the homestead are offered daily of the original farmhouse and also the reconstructed barns.

A picnic pavilion and a walk to Trout River are also available to guests.


The schoolhouse opening is set for Aug. 29. The Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder Association says special guests will likely include Dean Butler, who played the adult Almanzo Wilder on “Little House,” and Lucy Lee Flippen, who portrayed his sister, Eliza Jane, the Walnut Grove school teacher.

The association is also inviting those who taught in a one-room schoolhouse to be part of the celebration.

Other events planned for this season include an Art Show that starts June 29, featuring works by children who visited the farm this year as part of school outings.

Art Show awards will be presented on the last day of the exhibit July 6, as part of the Independence Day Picnic and Children’s Art Show Gala.

The day will also include children’s games, such as the three-legged race, a lemonade tea party and a seed-spitting contest, and the honorary Almanzo and Laura will be introduced.

Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, but food will be available for purchase. 


September events include a juried Art Show and Gala for adults and the Harvest Festival and Civil War encampment the weekend before the homestead closes for the season on Sept. 30.

A Christmas event is planned for Dec. 7 in the house and Visitors Center only.

More details about all activities will be posted on the association’s Facebook page.

The homestead is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The last tour of the day begins at 3 p.m. 

Admission is $7.50 for adults, $7 for seniors and $4 for children ages 6 to 16.

The Wilder property, at 177 Stacy Road in Burke, is owned by the association.

Former one-room-school teachers and those who know of anyone who taught in that capacity are asked to call 483-1207 or email:  

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