In 1876, when Laura was nine years old, the Ingalls family left Walnut Grove, Minnesota, after suffering through two years of grasshopper plagues. They traveled to Burr Oak, Iowa, to help manage the Masters Hotel, owned by their friend, William Steadman, also from Walnut Grove. Burr Oak is often referred to as “The Missing Link” in the Little House book series.
The Masters Hotel is the only childhood home of Laura Ingalls Wilder that remains on its original site. It is registered on the National Register of Historical Places.
UPDATE - OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – May 22, 2020
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum in Burr Oak, Iowa has decided to remain closed for the 2020 season. After much discussion we feel this is the safest option to protect our staff, volunteers and guests during these uncertain times. Our online gift shop will remain open, so we encourage you to consider supporting the museum in this way. We look forward to seeing you in 2021!
Thank you to all of you for your continued support.
If you would like to help us during this time of uncertainty, click below.
3603 236th Ave Burr Oak Iowa 52101
May: Mon-Sat 10-4, Sun 12-4
Memorial Day-Labor Day: Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 12-4
Post Labor Day: Thur-Sat 10-4
Closing for the 2021 season on Oct 16
Last tour of each day is one hour before closing.
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