Ingalls House (De Smet, South Dakota)

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Ingalls House
Ingalls House (De Smet, South Dakota) is located in South Dakota
Ingalls House (De Smet, South Dakota)
Ingalls House (De Smet, South Dakota) is located in the United States
Ingalls House (De Smet, South Dakota)
Location210 3rd St. SW., De Smet, South Dakota
Coordinates44°23′7″N 97°33′17″W / 44.38528°N 97.55472°W / 44.38528; -97.55472Coordinates: 44°23′7″N 97°33′17″W / 44.38528°N 97.55472°W / 44.38528; -97.55472
Area0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
Built1887 (1887)
Built byIngalls, Charles Phillip
NRHP reference #75001717[1]
Added to NRHPApril 21, 1975

Ingalls House is a historic house museum at 210 3rd Street Southwest in De Smet, South Dakota. The house was a childhood home to the author Laura Ingalls Wilder.

After living in the surveyor's house in town in 1879-80 and then homesteading for several years, Charles Phillip Ingalls constructed this town house in 1887, and it was occupied by the family until 1928. It features many furnishings crafted by Mr. Ingalls. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society purchased the house in 1967 and opened it to the public the next year.

The bodies of Charles, Caroline, Mary, Carrie, and Grace Ingalls, and the unnamed infant son of Laura and Almanzo Wilder are buried nearby in the De Smet Cemetery a little over a mile away.

The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[1]

When the Ingalls lived there, fruit trees filled up the back yard and a vegetable garden was in the adjacent lot. Also a barn and a sand-point pump were in constant use.[2]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Paul Putz; Mrs. Dannenbring (February 3, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Ingalls House". National Park Service. Retrieved November 22, 2017. With photo from 1972.

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