Near Mansfield in Wright County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Rocky Ridge Farm
Home of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder, one of America's best known authors, was born in 1867 near Pepin, Wisconsin. Her "Little House" books were written here on Rocky Ridge Farm, her home for over sixty years.
On July 17, 1894, Laura, her husband Almanzo Wilder, and their seven-year old daughter Rose, left De Smet, South Dakota, in search of a new home. Traveling by covered wagon they arrived in Mansfield on August 30.
On September 24, the Wilders purchased forty acres of land, including the site on which you stand. Here they established Rocky Ridge, a dairy, fruit, and poultry farm. A new house was built and the farm enlarged to nearly two hundred acres.
In 1911, Laura started a career as a journalist, writing about rural life. Between 1932 and 1943, she published the "Little House" books from her memories of pioneer life.
Almanzo died at Rocky Ridge in 1949, at the age of 92. Laura lived here until her death at 90, in 1957.
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In 1915, Laura and Almanzo's daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, began her writing career on
During the 1920's and 1930's, she again made Rocky Ridge her home. Her novel Old Home Town described turn-of-the-century Mansfield. In 1932 she wrote her most famous novel, Let the Hurricane Roar, while living here in the white farmhouse.
That same year Laura Ingalls Wilder published Little House in the Big Woods, the first book of her pioneer series. Farmer Boy, published in 1933, told of Almanzo's boyhood. Seven more "Little House" books followed. All are international classics.
Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane are revered for writings which stress independence, courage, and American ideals.
Erected 1994 by Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association, the school children of Missouri, their parents and teachers.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Education • Entertainment • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1881.
Location. 37° 5.983′ N, 92° 33.884′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3068 Highway A, Mansfield MO 65704, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wilder's Pecan Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wilder Home / The Little House Books Began Here (approx. 0.4 miles away); Carl "Sub" Mays (approx. one mile away); Laura Ingalls Wilder (approx. 1.1 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Battle of Hartville Confederate Monument (approx. 10.7 miles away); The Battle of Hartville (approx. 10.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mansfield.
Also see . . .
1. Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum. (Submitted on August 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. (Submitted on August 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. ALA Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. (Submitted on August 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,117 times since then and 63 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week February 9, 2014. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 13, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.