We’re happy to announce that as of June 28th, we’ll open to visitors 7 days a week! Advance reservations will no longer be required and walk-ins will be accommodated – our pre-COVID system is back! We will, of course, honor all the July reservations already made, but have shut off the regular tour reservation feature after June 27th. Advance reservations can still be made for dates through June 27th. Walk ins are welcome in June and will be accommodated as time allows.

Tour admissions for regular walk-in tours: Adults, $10; 6-16, $6; 5 and under, free. Seniors (60 and over), $9. Last tour time available is 3pm. Open at 10 all 7 days. The Visitor Center with gift shop and museum is open to the public. Access to the Wilder buildings is only with a tour.

New! We will now offer  private tours by advance  reservation for those who would like their own tour guide for the group they travel with and to have the option of spending more time on a tour- up to 2   hours. You’ll enjoy your time spent touring the Wilder site with our most experienced and knowledgeable guides. Times available are 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. Reservations can be made at

As New York State opens back up, our current Covid related protocols ask that those who are not fully vaccinated wear masks and maintain social distancing.

We appreciate advance notice of groups larger than 12, as splitting into groups may be necessary. Large groups of 20 or more, take $1 off admission rates. Please email or call 518-483-1207 in advance to schedule large group tours (2 weeks is preferred).


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!


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.


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