Not only do I have a passion for herbs and home remedies, I’m a HUGE lover of history and antiques as well ~ especially from the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Let’s just say it was like heaven on earth for me!I didn’t just browse through the museum, enjoying Almanzo and Laura’s memorabilia, I like to read every detail and letter written. The museum contained Pa’s original fiddle that he passed down to Laura. His playing helped them survive The Long Winter. There were items made by Almanzo for Laura and things given and made by friends and her sisters. Do you know Nellie “Oleson’s” last name was really “Owens”? There are only two names that Laura changed in her books, and Nellie was one of them – probably because they weren’t exactly good things said about her. 🙂 Laura has a name card that Nellie gave her in school, plus several others from her classmates. It was a popular thing in her school days to make name cards and exchange them!
I’ve read the whole series that Laura wrote, plus most of the books written by Roger Lea Macbride about Rose. I enjoy reading the books to my girls, too. Laura had some great character qualities about her that she learned from her mom and passed on to Rose.
Here’s a quote from Laura:
It was amazing to see these things that I’ve read about! The farmhouse was very neat (they wouldn’t let us take indoor pictures :'( ). It was left just as Almanzo and Laura left it when they died. The original kitchen, living room/bedroom, and stairs to the loft where Rose slept are still there. Laura was only 4 feet 11 inches, so Almanzo made the counters, sink and baking cabinet extra low for her. I would have to bend over to prepare food on them! (I’m 5’7″) There were also more rooms added later in their life as their farm prospered and they could afford it. Needless to say, I was the last one out of the house, and the worker was at my heels wanting to lock things up until the next tour – I could have stayed in there a lot longer – maybe I can make another trip? I really think they should give us more tour time. I did have unlimited time in the museum. 🙂
|The front of the farm house|
|The back of the house. The top row of windows is where Rose’s loft was.|
|My girls and one of their friends.|
|Chatting on the front porch|
|Me and my baby in the yard where Rose played all those years…|
|Me and my girlies on the front porch. My oldest and a few of her friends dressed in pioneer dresses ~ it was so fun for them! 🙂 My other 2 older ones dressed in prairie-like clothes too.|
|The rock house that Rose purchased for her parents about 1/4 a mile from the farmhouse. Almanzo & Laura lived here for 8 years and then returned to the farmhouse.|
Click here for the facebook page.
|Sorry about the poor picture quality – it’s hard to take a good picture as you’re whizzing down the road! 🙂|