L is for Laura Ingalls Wilder, the well-known children’s book author. My hometown of Mansfield, Missouri, is famous for where Laura wrote her Little House Books. Mansfield is home to Rocky Ridge Farm, where here books were written. We even have Pa’s fiddle. Up the road is The Rock House that Rose Wilder Lane built for her parents. The Wilders are buried in our Mansfield city cemetery.
The grand thing about having a well-known author who lived in your town is hearing the stories that the townspeople share who actually knew the Wilder’s. Fortunately, a lot of those stories have also been written down to be shared as most of the Wilder’s friends are deceased, too.
How many of you have read the “Little House” books? I have read them all many times. We even have Wilder Days in the fall to honor Laura. There are many contests that day including a little Laura and farmer boy contest. We even have a play that runs from the end of August to the end of October called Laura’s memories. The cast is made of local people. The audience will be filled with people from all over the world!
For those of you, who would be interested in checking out Laura’s life while in Mansfield, let me know. I would be happy to share!
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