Almonzo Wilder Homestead Favorites:: Ben- chicken coop, Eve- barn and coop, Lily- candy, Leah- pumping water, Ellie- chamber pots, Anna- wool, Drew- tools, buggies, and cow area, Jen- seeing the parlor wall where the blacking brush marked, and Todd- 3-sided barnyard area and the pantry where Al"man"zo would sneak goodies. #mosstrek2015
July 17, 2015
Day 1: Wilder Farm
I love my little gang of troopers. We are taking some historical pit stops as we travel over the river and through the woods. The first leg of our trip was a long day trip where we stopped at The Almonzo Wilder Farm in Malone, NY, and then road a ferry into Vermont to end up at the Birthplace of Joseph Smith.
We started out with a no-screens rule. We listened to Ultimate Broadway CDs and the kids loved the songs trying to guess which musical they were from.
We had no stops and no fighting all the way to the Wilder Farm.
I never buy it, but it really is so good with PBnJ isn't it?
The Almonzo Wilder Farm
The Wilders were a very wealthy, very hardworking family. This barn is the only original home that remains from any of the Little House on the Prairie books. A man named Jim showed us around. Jim and his wife are just retired folks from Arizona who love Laura Ingalls.
They started by touring all her sites and ended by volunteering here through the summers. They have done a lot of historical research on the family and were a wealth of neat background information.
He was very quiet, hardly talked at all.
And, Laura was very short-- around 4'11" if I remember correctly.
My kids were all interested throughout the tour. But, obviously Ben and Eve did not have the attention span that the older kids did. I spent a lot of time holding Ben and whispering questions into his ear- like "Ooo! Where's the baby?" He would look around, point and squeal when he found what I had asked about.
Our guide was great. He loved that the kids were interested and wasn't nervous or bothered by so many active little ones. He also really involved them with questions and things that they could do.
I learned that the command "Gee" got yoked cows to turn right. Todd's mother's maiden name is Gee. I kind of love that.
Eve roamed a bit. I had to keep reminding her to look with her eyes and not to touch with her hands. If she touched, I would ask her to hold my hand for a little bit and then we would try again without holding hands.
I wish I had taken a picture of the cool cow paddock they had built into their barn area. They positioned their barns to block the snow drifts so they had an almost inside area to train their cows and horses during the winter. It was neat.
Here the kids could pump water that rode on a wooden slide straight into a wooden trough area inside the paddock. They would all take a turn pumping and then running to see if the trough was full.
What a fun trip.
Just call me Ma.