We live in an area that’s rich in history. A lot of pioneers settled in these hills in the 1800’s and Laura and Almanzo Wilder were among them.
Yesterday we went to see Rocky Ridge, the home where Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote her Little House books.
We’ve been there before a few times, but this year there is a new visitors center, gift shop, and museum, so that was quite a treat.
There’s something comforting about being on their land. It’s kind of a cross between feeling completely “at home” at a grandmother’s house, mixed with the nostalgia of stories that seem to come to life while looking around the property.
Just being there, I can picture the scenes from the Rose Years books. Can you imagine Abe and Swiney traipsing through the woods and Alva and Effie living back in those hills?
Right now their yard is blanketed in yellow and white wildflowers and there is a dogwood tree blooming. Spring is so beautiful in the Ozarks.
After our tours, we stopped at a park that’s across the street from a bank that opened in 1892.
It’s pretty neat to stand under those oak trees and imagine the wagons and train whistles of long ago, during those days gone by.