OH! I wish my parents took me to Burr Oak, Iowa during Laura Days when I was younger. I would have loved all the activities they had for children. Laura Days, on Saturday is mainly children activities.
The Visitor Center is where the tour begins.
The origianl use for this building was the town's bank in 1910.
This bank was the first to be robbed bank in the county in 1931.
I love how buildings have such great detailing.
The Visit Center is also the gift shop and where you purchase your
tickets for the tour.
The hotel parlor was a place where guest would sit and entertain or visit. The room was to the right of the lobby. Inside the parlor was a Crown Organ.
Inside the parlor there was a replica of Pa's fiddle.
... Pictures of the Ingalls...
Above: Top Picture is of Carrie,Mary, and Laura
Below is a picture of Carrie and her husband.
Below: A wedding picture of Grace and her husband
Inside the dining room there was a spinning wheel
and sewing machines the women would use back in Laura's childhood days.
This dinning room is where the guest would eat.
This also doubled as a little restaurant.
Above: Slates the children would work on homework.
Below: A butter mold.
Above: Wood Oven Stove
Below: The restaurant was served family style.
Above: A close up of the sewing machine
Below: A picture of a chair from Laura's younger years.
Above: A list of chores Laura and other children her day would have.
Below: A work room where Pa's Tools were located.
Todd called it the "Man's Cave" back in the pioneer days.
From the dinning area, one would go up some steps and next you would be in the kitchen where all the meals would be cooked.
Above: In the kitchen hanging from a ladder are herbs drying.
Below: A table where the Ingalls and the Steadmans would have ate their meals.
Above: The pantry off the kitchen.
Below: Wash tubs and wash boards
Above: Kitchen items found in the hotel at that time era.
Below: The type of stove Ma cooked all the meals on at the hotel/restaurant.
Below: A picture of the Ingalls Family 1890.
Carrie,Laura, and Grace standing. Pa and Ma sitting.
Inside this room were replicas of clothing worn during this era.
Below: A picture of children's actual shoes during this time.
Another room had children's toys during Laura's era.
Below is a picture of what Laura's corn cob doll would have looked like.
She talks about her first doll in the "Little House in the Big Woods".
In a different room upstairs was furnished with things found in the school
house during Laura's time here in Burr Oak.
Below is a check board. The checker pieces were painted corn cobs.
Above: A desk with the actual superintendents meeting notes
when Laura attended.
Below: In every room there were Laura's Virtues.
Above: A close up of the beds they slept on.
The ropes had to be tight and the mattresses were stuffed with hay.
I loved the fact, Todd was not entirely bored with our adventure. He thought it was interesting and loves history. I am so lucky to have him in my life. This was well worth an adventure trip to and now I have another item to cross off my 50 x 50 list. I would love to go to all of Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. (Fact: When Mary became blind, she went to the blind school in Vinton, Iowa.)
(I am so in love with this man and his humor!)
Burr Oak is 2 hours and 50 minutes north to north east of Iowa City.