October 13 & 14, 2009
Our first stop was in Mansfield, Missouri and a tour of Rocky Ridge Farm, the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
An interesting note was the fact that Laura stood 4 feet and 9 inches, while Almanzo was 5 feet and 3 inches.
Laura and Almanzo Wilder moved to Mansfield, Missouri in 1894. They purchased 180 acres and built a one-room cabin. They continued to add rooms as they could afford to do so. The farmhouse was completed as pictured in 1913. The house had indoor plumbing with water from a nearby spring. Later, an electrical line was run to the home from nearby Mansfield at a cost of $3,000 and paid by daughter, Rose, an accomplished writer and reporter in her own rite.
Their daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, had the rock house built for her aging parents in 1928 while she lived in the farmhouse. Laura and Almanzo moved back to the farmhouse when Rose relocated to New York in 1936. The farmhouse felt more like home. The first four books of the Little House series was written in the rock house.
Almanzo Wilder died in 1949 at age 92. Laura Ingalls Wilder died in 1957 at age 90. Rose Wilder Lane died in 1968 with no surviving children. None of Laura's siblings had children. The Ingalls line ended with the death of Rose.