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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) —

 
Home Site of Laura Ingalls Wilder Marker (Side 1) image. Click for full size.
By K. McNair, June 2, 2016
1. Home Site of Laura Ingalls Wilder Marker (Side 1)
Inscription.
Side 1
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).
(Continued on other side)

Side 2
(Continued from other side)
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
Home Site of Laura Ingalls Wilder Marker (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
By K. McNair, June 2, 2016
2. Home Site of Laura Ingalls Wilder Marker (Side 2)
living here, they attended the Mount Ida Congregational Methodist Church. which still stands nearby, in New Hope Community. Laura was unable to tolerate the humid environment of the Florida weather, so they decided to move back to De Smet, South Dakota, in August 1892. Later, in July 1894, Almanzo, Laura, & Rose moved to Mansfield, Missouri.

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
A Little Park in the Piney Woods (gazebo memorial) image. Click for full size.
By K. McNair, June 2, 2016
3. A Little Park in the Piney Woods (gazebo memorial)
Former homesite of Laura Ingalls Wilder
as the crow flies. 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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Memorial located on gazebo. image. Click for full size.
By K. McNair, June 2, 2016
4. Memorial located on gazebo.
I have built and dedicated to my Great Grandparents,
Peter Franklin and Mary (Molly) Ingalls,
this Gazebo as a memorial and final resting place
for their spirits and for those living relatives
a place to visit and rest for a quiet
peaceful thought of them.
A special thanks to our cousin Gordon Huggins for the use of this property for this memorial.
Wide view of marker and gazebo. image. Click for full size.
By K. McNair, June 2, 2016
5. Wide view of marker and gazebo.
Laura Ingalls Wilder image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain circa 1885
6. Laura Ingalls Wilder
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 3, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 349 times since then and 127 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 3, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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