Rocky Ridge Manor

★★★★★
  • 3115 Hwy A

    Mansfield, MO 65704

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  • 417-924-8116

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Where we purchased the tickets was also the museum. Here there is a good collection of artifacts. Some of them actually belonged to Rose (Lauras daughter), Laura herself, or one of Lauras relatives. Many artifacts are remnants of a time gone by collected here to give a sense of what Laura described in her books. Some of her original manuscripts are also here, preserved under glass. Pas famous fiddle is here and taken out once a year during the Rocky Ridge Farm Days Festivaland played.

The tour is a guided one. We were taken into another building where a short video was shown as a re-enactment giving the history of the buildings at Rocky Ridge Farm. If youve ever read her novel On The Way Home, youll know the story of the family of Laura, Almanzo, and Rose from DeSmet, South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri. They arrived here with one hundred dollars and all their worldly possessions in a small wagon and had to build a life here virtually from scratch.

Next we were taken into the house. Nothing is supposed to be touched as great care has been taken in trying to preserve the furnishings for future generations to see. The house is small, and I just dont mean size-wise. I had always heard Laura was a tiny woman, but I didnt realize how tiny until we were in the house. She stood just four feet, eleven inches tall and Almanzo was about 5 feet six inches tall. The house shows it as everything is much lower than the standard sized we have become used to in pre-fab America. Everything was handmade, mostly by Almanzo, and all of this was after he had suffered a stroke back when they were living in South Dakota! They are truly an inspiring testimony to the pioneering spirit.

We visited the gift shop which had quite a selection of Lauras books, plus all of the books which have been off-shoots of her original novels. I picked up two books here about Laura and Rose which I hadnt seen before.

PROS: connect with an author and a bygone time
CONS: nothing

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Where we purchased the tickets was also the museum. Here there is a good collection of artifacts. Some of them actually belonged to Rose (Lauras daughter), Laura herself, or one of Lauras relatives. Many artifacts are remnants of a time gone by collected here to give a sense of what Laura described in her books. Some of her original manuscripts are also here, preserved under glass. Pas famous fiddle is here and taken out once a year during the Rocky Ridge Farm Days Festivaland played.

The tour is a guided one. We were taken into another building where a short video was shown as a re-enactment giving the history of the buildings at Rocky Ridge Farm. If youve ever read her novel On The Way Home, youll know the story of the family of Laura, Almanzo, and Rose from DeSmet, South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri. They arrived here with one hundred dollars and all their worldly possessions in a small wagon and had to build a life here virtually from scratch.

Next we were taken into the house. Nothing is supposed to be touched as great care has been taken in trying to preserve the furnishings for future generations to see. The house is small, and I just dont mean size-wise. I had always heard Laura was a tiny woman, but I didnt realize how tiny until we were in the house. She stood just four feet, eleven inches tall and Almanzo was about 5 feet six inches tall. The house shows it as everything is much lower than the standard sized we have become used to in pre-fab America. Everything was handmade, mostly by Almanzo, and all of this was after he had suffered a stroke back when they were living in South Dakota! They are truly an inspiring testimony to the pioneering spirit.

We visited the gift shop which had quite a selection of Lauras books, plus all of the books which have been off-shoots of her original novels. I picked up two books here about Laura and Rose which I hadnt seen before.

PROS: connect with an author and a bygone time
CONS: nothing

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