We have been reading the Little House on the Prairie series since last summer, and I heard about the Little House wayside and museum just an hour and a half away in Pepin, Wisconsin, through someone that I follow in Instagram. We planned a road trip with our friends Tiffany and Olivia, who are also reading the series. Abby was so excited to see where Laura Ingalls Wilder was born. The log cabin is literally in the middle of nowhere, but there were surprisingly a few other visitors while we were there. You can go inside, but there is just a picnic table and some interesting articles/timelines on the wall to read. The girls had fun pretending they were Mary and Laura (with their sidekick Carrie/Norah) and playing in the cabin and out at the water pump. We had a picnic lunch before heading to Pepin to the museum.
At the museum, they had a few rooms that showed what things might have looked like in Laura's time (a schoolroom, a kitchen, and a bedroom). They also had artifacts and tools from the time period, some even Laura's or made to look like hers. We saw a replica of Laura's corncob doll, the straw they had to twist during The Long Winter to burn to keep warm, quilts that were Laura's, and much more. The girls especially enjoyed playing pretend in the schoolroom and climbing up in a replica of a tugboat.
On the way home, we stopped in Red Wing for some ice cream and a walk down to the river to burn off some energy. The day was so much fun--just one of those perfect carefree days of summer that we are going to miss in a few days! Abby and I are now in the middle of Little Town on the Prairie and I've seen a little bit about the museum in South Dakota--sounds like there are more buildings and interactive things to do there. Maybe a future summer road trip??