Today, we took a day trip to the Almanzo Wilder property located in upstate New York, near Malone. This is where Almanzo’s early days took place as recounted by Laura in Farmer Boy. The house is original - including some of the floor boards so today we walked where Almanzo walked.
The management does not permit photography of the building interiors. The main house is furnished in period furnishings, including rope beds for the boys. There is no original furniture, but there is a bed cover which did belong to the Wilders. The curators also uncovered the famous black mark on the parlour wall which Almanzo recollects. The barns have period farming tools and sleds as as very interesting wool display. There are no animals on the property.
At the time of our visit, there were only three other families so we had an individualized tour which was very informative. The girls really enjoyed the chance to pump water from the same well where Almanzo would have collected the water each day.
Almanzo also would have enjoyed climbing this maple tree which is original to the property.
The girls had a chance to pick apples from the orchard.
There is a visitor centre / gift shop stocked with interesting LHP items.
This was a fun outing and the first stop on our LHP tour. Next summer, we plan to visit Minnesota and continue the tour.
I hope you are enjoying the long weekend and thanks for stopping by!