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Prairie Homestead Historic Site

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Address: 21070 Sd Highway 240, Philip, SD 57567-7006
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+1 605-433-5400

Original dirt-sod dug out home and outbuildings built in 1909 by Ed and...

Original dirt-sod dug out home and outbuildings built in 1909 by Ed and Alice Brown on their 160 acre claim. Experience farm life as the pioneers did. Dress up as a pioneer if you'd like as you step back to homestead days. Live farm animals and rare white prairie dogs entertain. Video in visitor center. Audio history in sod dug out home.

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Best $7 dollars spent

Loved the history of the prairie house. Informative 10 minute movie, book with letters from the daughter & pictures of the family and neighbors. I think every teen should be... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Corinth, Texas

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Corinth, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Loved the history of the prairie house. Informative 10 minute movie, book with letters from the daughter & pictures of the family and neighbors. I think every teen should be subjected to 24hrs of prairie living like this family! Amazing how happy they were in such simple surroundings and with hard work. Very interesting. The lady running the gift shop... More 

Thank jmho4u
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting sod house and other buildings representative of life of the prairie around 1900. Buildings were fully furnished including farm implements.

Thank Barry C
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We were traveling early in the spring season so we got there after it closed so we actually didn't get to go into the buildings but we did walk the grounds. This is one of the few original sod houses still remaining. It is on the US National Register of Historic Places. Because the timber was so scarce, the settlers... More 

Thank Pamomanddad
Flint, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

I had initially passed this place by thinking it was a cheesy tourist trap. But the second day in the Badlands, it was just too hot for much hiking, and I felt this place calling. What a treat this was! You get to see a sod house, which took me back to the Laura Ingalls Wilder book.. The house is... More 

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

it was expensive to take the tour and for admission, but you could stand next to the fence and take pictures which was always easier then walking around it

Thank blueman66
San Marcos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 269 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

The Homestead is very well preserved and a great example of the homesteaders lived. They have a film that explains the homestead and how families survived. They even have representative clothing you can wear during the tour of the Homestead.

Thank csarchibald
Laclede, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We didn't know about this attraction until we saw the sign on the way to Badlands National Park. So glad we stopped in. Excellent visitor center, inexpensive, nice gift shop. Self-guided tour begins with an historical 10 minute video documentary, then walk the compact grounds and go inside the prairie house, cellar, even the chicken house. Includes a unique experience... More 

Thank tauna64
Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Good orientation video, insight into how people lived on the prairie a little over a hundred years ago. plenty of white prairie dogs, goats, chickens, etc. to add authenticity to the preserved sod home and homestead buildings.

Thank GWR757
St. George, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Well worth the $7 admission to see what life on the prairie was actually like. If you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder, this place will help you visualize what the little sod house on Plum Creek was really like. Period costumes are provided for you to wear as you walk among the buildings, if you like. Ground hogs,... More 

Thank Bob836
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

This was a great way to see how people lived. The little museum has a good film and several photos that explain the building and how the museum came to be there. Then you go out to see the buildings and they're very authentic feeling. The house has a neat recording that explains what you're seeing, which was very helpful.... More 

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