After our trip to Independence, Kansas, to visit the Little House on the Prairie Museum, we headed to Missouri to see Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield.
There are several buildings on the main property, including the farmhouse, a museum, and a bookstore. The museum is full of personal items belonging to the Ingalls family, many of which Laura wrote about in her stories, such as Pa's fiddle. There is even a special section about Rose, Almanzo's and Laura's daughter.
We took a tour of the farmhouse. The tour is amazing and the home is charming. Unfortunately, we could not take pictures inside. I am grateful that we read The Little House series before we visited the farm because the trip means so much more; now we can make connections to the stories and the character of the home.
This is the front entrance to the farmhouse:
This is the side of the farmhouse:
These are some of the apple trees growing on the property. When the Wilders bought the land, they had 400 apple trees to tend to.
Later, our tour finished up at the Rock House located about five minutes from the farmhouse.
The Rock House is the second home of the Wilders. It did not seem like it had the same character as the farmhouse because it was somewhat empty, with most of the furniture and original belongings preserved at the farmhouse; but it was still unique and beautiful. Again, we could not take photos inside.
And this is the little spring house that Almanzo built to keep the milk cool. A spring once flowed through here:
It was an amazing experience, and I am so grateful that we were able to make it this trip after completing our Little House year.