It is just a simple one room cabin on the prairie. But the prairie with it’s open skies, seemingly endless horizon and tall grasses waving in the Kansas wind attracted homesteaders from all over the world.  In 1869 a young family from the woods of Wisconsin arrived to settle.  When Charles P. Ingalls, his wife Caroline Lake Quiner Ingalls and their daughters Mary, Laura and Carrie camped on the Kansas prairie little did they know it would change their lives and children’s literature forever.

It All Began With A One Room Cabin on the Kansas Prairie...

Winter Visitation

During our winter closure we realize that some people still wish to visit. We have a few things that we ask if you stop in the winter. 

1)  Remember that the gift shop, restrooms, and all buildings will be locked.

2)  Please do not open any gates or enter the barnyard.

3)  Please do not leave any trash, we do not have trash service in the winter.

  1. 4)Please do not feed the animals any people food, it upsets their delicate tummies.

  2. 5)Please DO walk the grounds (around the historic buildings and farmhouse only, do not enter the area behind the barns).

  3. 6)Please DO take lots of photos and post them on your Instagram and Pinterest pages!

  4. 7)Please DO enjoy the site and take brochures from the holder located on the admission fee collection box

  5. 8)Please DO consider leaving the admission fee in the box.  Your admission fees in the winter are incredibly helpful for us so we can pay the utilites, feed the animals, and maintain the site. As a non-profit every single dollar raised in admission fees and gift shop sales stay here locally to help us maintain the site.  Thank you!

Hours Beginning April 1, 2015

Closed: Monday

Open: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 1pm-5pm

Please note that hours are subject to change as we have a very small staff.  Please check this website, our Facebook page and our voicemail for schedule changes. 


$3 adults and $1 children under 18

We accept cash only for admission fees.

Your admission can be left in the copper mailbox on site

or left in the gift shop located in the white farmhouse. 

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Cash and Kansas checks for purchases in our gift shop. We do not accept out of state checks.

Your admission fees keep the site open and allows us

to provide educational programs and events.

Our admission fee has not been raised in over 15 years

to ensure that you are able to visit.

2507 CR 3000

Independence, KS 67301


Please do not use your GPS to locate us. 

GPS directions are incorrect.

Please see Plan Your Visit for directions.

Thank you for a great 2014!

We are closed for the season

and will open on April 1, 2015