Poplar Head in Holmes County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Home Site of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Author of the “Little House” Series of Books
—Westville, Holmes County, Florida (Poplar Head Community) —
On October 1, 1890, three of Laura Ingalls Wilder's relatives, Peter Franklin (L.) Ingalls (cousin), Joseph Quiner Carpenter (cousin), and Perley Day Wilder (brother-In-law) began a trip from Stockholm, Wisconsin down the Mississippi River, on a sail boat, named "Edith". This journey was taken in high hopes of finding new places to settle. They recorded this trip in a daily diary, The Log book of the Sailing Craft "Edith". They came to their stopping point, which was here, known then, as Webb Mill.
This was where Almanzo James & Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder and their daughter, Rose Wilder lived from October 1891 - August 1892, for little less than a full year. They lived here with Peter Franklin (L.) Ingalls and his wife, Mary (Molly) Edith (V.) McGowan Ingalls. Eventually, they had 6 children, Edith Elsie, Alexander (Alex), Florence E., Perlie Belle, Freddie Franklin, and Mary Emily (Miss Emma).
Peter Franklin Ingalls and his family had encouraged her and her family to move here. In October 1891, Almanzo, Laura, & Rose left Almanzo's parents' home in Spring Valley, Minnesota, traveling here by train. There were high hopes that the Florida weather would help Almanzo's health. While
Laura's daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, later wrote a short fictionalized story about the time the family spent here in Florida, entitled "Innocence". It was originally published in the April 1922 issue of Harper's Monthly Magazine. In 1922, this story won the second O. Henry Prize for that year. Since, it has also been reprinted in several other publications.
Erected by John A. Bass of Ingalls-Wilder-Lane Historic Alliance(Shreveport, Louisiana) and Holmes County Historical Society (Bonifay, Florida).
Location. 30° 57.736′ N, 85° 55.154′ W. Marker is in Poplar Head, Florida, in Holmes County. Marker is on County Road 163 north of Mims Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located approximately 18 miles NNW of Westville. Marker is in this post office area: Westville FL 32464, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured Keith Cabin (approx. 5.9 miles away); Alford’s Mill (approx. 8.6 miles away).
Regarding Home Site of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Mount Ida Methodist and Congregational Church is still standing about 5 miles from the marker, and the graves of Peter, his wife, and one son, Alex, can be found behind the church.
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Also see . . . Official website of Little House on the Prairie. (Submitted on June 3, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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