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...

Hours Beginning April 3, 2015

Closed: Monday-Wednesday

Open: Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 1pm-5pm

Hours May 1- October 31, 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.

If you wish to bring a tour or school group please see our link Tour and School Groups for instructions please.

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.

Opening Day 2015- Friday, April 3

Prairie Days 2015- Saturday, June 13