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Prairie Homestead Historic Site

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21070 Sd Highway 240, Philip, SD 57567-7006
+1 605-433-5400
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History you can touch

Recommend this as a stop on the way out of the Badlands for those interested in the history of how... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Heliotropa
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Monument, Colorado
Original Prairie Sod Home

If you ever wondered what it was like to live as one of the early settlers of this area, check out... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
susieQ304
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Dallas, Texas
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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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  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
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21070 Sd Highway 240, Philip, SD 57567-7006
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"badlands national park"
in 15 reviews
"period clothing"
in 5 reviews
"gift shop"
in 15 reviews
"early pioneers"
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"short film"
in 7 reviews
"northeast entrance"
in 3 reviews
"interesting place to visit"
in 3 reviews
"minuteman missile site"
in 2 reviews
"introductory film"
in 2 reviews
"south dakota"
in 9 reviews
"step back in time"
in 2 reviews
"piece of history"
in 2 reviews
"farm implements"
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"fun experience"
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"quick stop"
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"entrance fee"
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"take your time"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Recommend this as a stop on the way out of the Badlands for those interested in the history of how our nation was settled, and for fans of the Laura Ingalls Wilder book series. It doesn't take long to walk through, but the authentic sod...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you ever wondered what it was like to live as one of the early settlers of this area, check out this original furnished sod home of Mr. & Mrs. Ed Brown, built I 1909. This is a self-guided tour which begins with a short...More

Thank susieQ304
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great museum of how life was around the turn of the last century. I had never seen a sod house, so this was a first. The rest was like a visit to my grandfather's farm in the 1940s. The outhouse, the hand...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at the Prairie Homestead during our trip through the Badlands and were disappointed as it was closed. We could view the sod house from a distance but could not tour anything.

Thank Pat C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a cool area the old sod homes. This attraction is not dog friendly for those traveling with their pets. It is outside, but the the prairie dogs make it so pet dogs aren't welcome.

Thank ladyme1
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

This is one of the places that is a must see while one is visiting The Badlands. Just north of the entrance to the park, this gives an excellent look into the lives of the early pioneers. The included photos tell the story better and...More

1  Thank Paul G
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

This sod house and farm constructed in 1909 is a piece of American history not to be missed. A look inside the life of a prairie farmer of that time. The chickens in and around the hen house are such pets that they allow you...More

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

They have an authentic place to walk in and touch things and see what it was like. They let kids dress up in costumes from the era. Hold the tools. Walk inside. Feed the goats. And a cute little gift shop. Very friendly staff and...More

1  Thank nicknyhan
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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

We visited this site after seeing a billboard. We were not sorry we went. This place is a piece of American history not to be missed.

Thank Joan W
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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

I did not know this was here; stumbled upon it as we left the Badlands. I had never seen a sod house, only having read about it, so seeing an actual house was incredible. It is very peaceful attraction that you explore on your own....More

1  Thank jw s
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Saxeygirl
23 June 2017|
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Response from beanie1776 | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
$5 a person so 2 seniors is $10 ;)
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Naomi G
16 June 2017|
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Response from Barry C | Reviewed this property |
No - lots of prairie dogs on the property!
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Rhiannon N
29 April 2017|
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Response from beanie1776 | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Most visitors require approximately an hour to watch the video, maybe dress in period clothing, walk the path to the house, listen to the audio, check out the outbuildings, farm animals and rare white prairie dogs. ;)
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