In 1874 the Ingalls family moved to Minnesota. They settled near the town of Walnut Grove on the banks of Plum Creek.

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What can you see and do in Walnut Grove?

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

This museum houses memorabilia related to the Ingalls family and also to the Little House On the Prairie television series made in the 1970s and 80s. The museum includes several different structures, including a train depot from 1898 and a replica of the dugout in which the Ingalls lived on Plum Creek. 

Ingalls Dugout Site

The site of the Ingalls’ dugout located “on the banks of Plum Creek” is privately owned but is open to visitors. A depression in the ground where the dugout once stood is all that remains of the Ingalls’ homestead. You can walk down to the creek and over a bridge that crosses it. Nearby are features such as plum thickets, table lands, big rock, and a spring that Laura described in her book.

Church Bell

In 1874 Pa Ingalls made a sacrificial contribution to the Union Congregational Church for the purchase of a church bell. In her book, Laura wrote that the amount of the contribution was $3, but according to church records it was $26.15. Pa’s donation kept him from buying a pair of boots he badly needed. The bell still rings today in the bellfry of the English Lutheran Church.

Walnut Grove Family Festival

This festival is held on Saturdays in July in Walnut Grove City Park. It features demonstrations of historic arts and crafts, activities for children, dance performances, a Laura and Nellie Look-Alike Contest, and booths selling homemade wares. 

Wilder Pageant 

This production is performed each year in July at a hillside amphitheatre near Plum Creek. It tells the story of the Ingalls family in Walnut Grove during the 1870s.