Laura Ingalls Wilder (shown at left with her husband Almanzo) was born February 7, 1867, just seven miles North of the village of Pepin, Wisconsin on County Highway CC. This is where the "Little House in the Big Woods" stood. The log cabin standing on the site today is a re-creation of the Ingalls' home. It sits on the very land owned by Charles and Caroline Ingalls (Ma &Pa).
The original log house and barn are no longer there. The big woods is gone, too. What once was the big woods is now a modern farming community. A highway winds through the land that was the Ingalls farm, probably following very closely the wagon track which Laura describes in her book.
One thing that still remains is the "beautiful lake" about which she wrote. People still admire its beauty just as Laura did on her first visit to the village of Pepin. Both commercial fisherman and sportsmen still catch fish in Lake Pepin just as Pa did in the 1870's.
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum features many items Laura and her family would have recognized and recalls the era in which she lived.
Complete with gift shop, the museum is ideally located along State Highway 35 (The Great River Road) at 306 Third Street in Pepin, Wisconsin. The museum is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. from May 15th through October 17th, then Friday, Saturday, Sunday through October. We're closed for the winter months.
In 1996, Pepin became the official starting point of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Highway, which links Laura Ingalls Wilder sites across the upper Midwest.
"Laura" fans visit Pepin from around the world. We invite you to stop in and see us too!