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Path, Laura Ingalls Wilder's Rocky Ridge Farm, Seymour, MO photo IMG_0072_zps16e88b89.jpg

This is a path at Laura Ingalls Wilder's Rocky Ridge farm in Seymour, Missouri, which was her home from 1896 until her death in 1957. She wrote all her Little House books here. (That is, at the farm, in the house... I don't think she actually sat on the path scribbling down her words, but who knows!)


Just lovely!
It was such a peaceful place, and so green all around. Perfect refuge for a writer.
That's wonderful. Thank you for sharing this.
Thanks, and you're welcome!
What a lovely part, and even more so with this history! She might not have sat there scribbling, but doubltessly pondering difficult writing parts or ideas! :o) I discovered her books when I was small, long before they were filmed, and loved them to pieces.
I still re-read them every couple of years. :) For a long time, it was my fall ritual to read "The Long Winter". I may have to renew that habit this year.
That's fascinating. I've been a fan of her books since I was about ten - actually I must go back and re-read them...
I've been a fan since I was very, very little (before the show) -- it was one place I wanted to go see the one time we drove through Missouri, but just didn't have time! (Oddly enough, I was just looking for my copies, long packed away -- and discovered they aren't available in a Kindle edition! Dang!)

This is lovely, thanks! :)
Glad you enjoyed the photo.

Too bad you didn't get a chance to visit... it's off the beaten track but really a treat for fans. But phooey it's not on Kindle yet! I bet it will be, eventually. I guess I'll just have to keep on reading from my boxed paperbacks, which are getting a little dog-eared after 35 years...
I think I first read them when I was about 7, and I absolutely fell in love with them. They're a regular re-read even to this day (though it's been a few years, so like you, time to revisit).
I was looking at the map, and it's off the beaten path. Is it worth the detour? I'd considered visiting the Little House on the Prairie spot in Independence, Kansas. I wonder which is worth the effort.
I'd say if you were in the Springfield area and have any love at all for the books, go see it. Though it's a modest operation, and much in need of donations, the house is very well-preserved, and you can tour it and a second home on the grounds. There's also a small museum where you can see Pa's fiddle and the china shepherdess, as well as examples of Laura's and her sisters' embroidery and knitting, drafts of the books, etc etc. The setting, obviously, is beautiful... all very unspoiled and undeveloped, very much as it was back in Laura's time. (Although, sadly, the little town of Mansfield, like many small towns in America, is on the decline... so eat in Springfield or pack a picnic lunch).

I'm a huge fan of the books (though I could give the TV show a complete miss), having read them over and over since I was a child, so for me, a visit all but amounts to a pilgrimage. And, of course, it's less than an hour from my house, so there's that. :) But I'd say if you are any kind of a Little House geek at all, you'll enjoy it, and if you're a rabid fan like I am, you'll come away grinning your head off and pinching yourself for having seen Pa's fiddle (and perhaps even heard someone play it, if you go during the festival in September--I think they usually take it out and play it then, but if not, you'll hear it via recording).
Thanks for the input!
Cool:) even if I've read only the first two books I think (and in translation)
The books are a good, realistic look at pioneer life. I love them to bits.
Now that's a path I'd love to travel on. Lovely.
It really is a lovely spot. We have a lot of areas that look like this, but not all of them have a handy path to walk down!
That looks like lovely countryside. :) I'd have been on the grass, scribbling, if I'd been Laura.
I do wonder how often she might have done just that. :)
It is so wonderfully green, and peaceful. What a lovely place to sort out your thoughts and put them to paper.
It's very peaceful there. It's well off the main road, and there's really no development around the area at all. Just peaceful hills, woods, and farmland, and a small town nearby. It hasn't changed much since her day.
It looks like an excellent place to write if she chose to do so. It's so green and fresh looking.
I often think there's nothing so pretty as the Ozarks in late spring/early summer, when the trees are at their greenest, and the grass is fresh and tall, and summer's heat and drought haven't exacted their toll on the countryside. I wish it could stay this way longer.