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Laura Ingalls Wilder

Pioneering Journeys of the Ingalls Family
Mansfield, Missouri
Rocky Ridge

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Almanzo in the orchard at Rocky Ridge

Almanzo in the orchard at Rocky Ridge.
--Photo from the collection of the Hoover Library (RWL #188)

The first year on Rocky Ridge Farm was a hard one for the Wilders. The land, covered with brush and trees, was too rough to plant wheat. With the farm came 400 small apple trees ready to plant. That winter Laura and Almanzo cleared brush and cut down trees, Laura pulling on one end of the crosscut saw and Almanzo pulling on the other.

In the spring of 1895 enough land was cleared to plant the apple orchard and a corn crop. Almanzo sold firewood in town and Laura sold eggs. Eventually the Wilders bought more land and added peach and pear trees. In a few years the orchard started bearing.

 

Almanzo haying with Buck and Billy Laura with Governor of Orleans
Almanzo haying with Buck and Billy
--Photo from the collection of the Hoover Library (RWL #191)
Laura with Governor of Orleans
--Photo from the collection of the Hoover Library (RWL #192)

 


On the farm Almanzo raised Morgan horses just as his father had in New York State . Here Almanzo is making hay with two of his Morgans, Buck and Billy. Laura is posing with their Morgan stallion, Governor of Orleans.

Laura on the porch of their house
Laura on the porch of the house in Mansfield , Missouri .
--Photo from the collection of the Hoover Library (RWL #137)

 

In 1896 the Wilders chose a site on their farm for a new house. Almanzo used one room from their cabin and added another room and a loft for Rose. In 1898 the family rented their farmhouse and moved to a little house in Mansfield . Almanzo started hauling merchandise to stores and Laura cooked meals for travelers and railroad workers.

After several years in town, the Wilders moved back to their farm. Laura designed a ten-room house with a rock fireplace, library and open stairway. The house became a showplace in the Ozarks, and Laura wrote several newspaper and magazine articles about her home and life on the farm. Now the house has been preserved by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum and is open to the public.

The house on Rocky Ridge Living Room of the Rocky Ridge Farmhouse
Farmhouse at Rocky Ridge
--Photo from the collection of the Hoover Library (RWL #238)
Living Room of the Rocky Ridge Farmhouse
--Photo from the collection of the Hoover Library (RWL #212)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Laura Ingalls Wilder-Rose Wilder Lane Home Association, Rt. 1, Box 24, Mansfield, Missouri 65704. Telephone: 417-924-3626 Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope when corresponding

 



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