‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Melissa Gilbert Finally Visits Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Home

by Keeli Parkey

During the 1970s, Melissa Gilbert brought Laura Ingalls to life in “Little House on the Prairie” for the first time.

As fans of the beloved television series about a family living in the American Midwest during the 19th century are aware, the show was based on the books written by Ingalls. The author based her “Little House” books on her own experiences growing up. She, of course, later married and went by Laura Ingalls Wilder after that.

Now, 50 years after Gilbert introduced fans to the on-screen version of the popular author, the actress finally had the chance to visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum. Luckily for fans of “Little House on the Prairie,” the now 57-year-old Gilbert shared details about her visit on social media on Monday, Oct. 25.

“Yesterday I had the pleasure of finally going to #lauraingallswilder’s home site in Mansfield Missouri,” Melissa Gilbert posted on Instagram.

The actress also encouraged others to pay a visit to the author’s home. “If you have a chance to go, you must! The museum itself is fantastic and very comprehensive,” Gilbert shared.

The “Little House on the Praire” actress also highlighted her favorite part of her visit. “But for me, walking through Laura and Almanzo’s homes was so so moving,” Gilbert shared.

Melissa Gilbert Said She Received ‘Extraordinary Access’ to Museum

The actress also expressed her appreciation to the people of the museum for allowing her to visit. She said they provided her with “extraordinary access” to what it has to offer. You can’t blame them. It’s Gilbert’s face most people probably picture when they think about Laura Ingalls Wilder thanks to the famous television show.

“Thank you to everyone at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and museum for allowing my husband and I such extraordinary access. #littlehouseontheprairie #halfpint #whatanexperience #roadtrip,” Melissa Gilbert posted.

You can check out some of the images “Little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Gilbert shared from her visit to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum below.

Museum Dedicated to ‘Little House on the Prairie’ Author Promotes Learning About American Pioneers

According to its website, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum is an educational resource about the American pioneer experience. In its way, it is carrying on the work of the “Little House on the Prairie” television series.

“The mission of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home & Museum is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about the American pioneer experience through the life and literature of Laura Ingalls Wilder by providing engaging and authentic experiences; to preserve, protect, and care for the collection and historic buildings; and to sustain the historic landscape,” the website

If you want to visit the home of the “Little House on the Prairie” author during 2021, you only have a few more weeks to do so. The home and museum will close for the season on March 15.