PLAN YOUR VISIT

The Wilder Homestead opens each season on Memorial Weekend. Our 2017 season ends on October 1st. The site is open 7 days a week for public tours. Large groups are welcome- please call in advance! Private tours may be arranged later in October, depending on volunteer availability and weather.

FROM THE NOVEL

This site is the original home of Almanzo Wilder, subject of the book, Farmer Boy, written by his wife, Laura Ingalls Wilder. The story describes one year of Almanzo’s childhood when he was nine. The readers experiences rural farm lfe through the eyes of a young boy and will enjoy reading about his experiences from school escapades to showing a pumpkin at the county fair!

PRESERVING LEGACY

The Almanzo & Laura Ingalls Wilder Association purchased this property in 1987 and began the immense project of restoring the house to reflect the time the Wilder family lived there. The barns were built according to drawings Almanzo made for Laura. Tours will connect visitors to the Farmer Boy story and to the way of life in 19th century rural life in  northern New York. The site is on the National History Registry and is a Literary Landmark.

Welcome to the Wilder Homestead

Almanzo & Laura Ingalls Wilder Association

Almanzo & Laura Ingalls Wilder Association (ALIWA), incorporated June 5, 1987, is a volunteer, historic, educational non-profit organization. The museum/home-stead consists of 84 acres of farmland, woods, restored ORIGINAL post and beam constructed farmhouse (1840-1843), reconstructed post and beam framed barns and outbuildings, a museum/visitor center/research library/ archives/gift shop/ office building complex, replica one room schoolhouse, orchard, covered picnic pavilion, and nature trail to the Wilder family frontage on the Trout River .

Tours & Museum

This organization and historical site provide an educational opportunity through narrated tours, workshops, artifact museum, demonstrations, nature walk, archival research availability, school tours, and special events (i.e.. Christmas Story Hour, Harvest Festival & craft demonstrations and classes) for children and visitors to experience the period lifestyle of Almanzo Wilder who was born and raised here, 1857-1875. Interpretation of this site is based on the American classic book, Farmer Boy, written by Almanzo’s wife, famed author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, as he described his recollections of his life here at this farm to her.

Authentic History

This historic house is the only ORIGINAL house on its original site of all those written about in the Little House book series. It is the only site dedicated to and original to Almanzo Wilder. It is an important piece of northern New York history.

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Almanzo & Laura Ingalls Wilder Association is to educate people about the rural life in Northern New York from 1840 – 1875 through the preservation and restoration of the Wilder Homestead, Boyhood home of Almanzo Wilder, as depicted in Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder.