Journey into the visual memories of homestead days at this original pioneer dirt home. All ages can experience homesteader's life in pioneer clothing. Farm animals & white prairie dogs. National Register of Historic Places. Open daylight hours May-Oct.
See the rare white prairie dogs!
Dress in pioneer clothing if you would like while exploring. Don't forget to say hi to the farm animals!
Historic pioneer living you can touch, see, and feel.
You are sure to find some great souvenirs in the newly remodeled gift shop and visitor center.
The gift shop features antiques, pioneer souvenirs, western artwork, custom designed t-shirts, and more. The visitor center and snack bar includes a handicap accessible restrooms.
Take a glimpse back in time at how life was for early pioneers by taking the interpretive walking tour.
Watch our informative movie and then dress in Early Pioneer attire (if you want), before heading out to explore the old out buildings and sod house. You will feel like you stepped off the pages of “Little House on the Prairie”.
Prairie Homestead historical site offers a valuable history lesson while entertaining all ages and diversified interest. The price of admission for this privately owned family attraction is all inclusive, including a history room with video presentation, and a self-guided walking tour of the sod home, cave,outhouse, chicken coop and barn. Some original furnishings and machinery along with those typical of the times are on display. You’ll have great fun with the barnyard animals. Pioneer clothing is available to wear on your tour around the homestead to add that historical charm and for photographs with your own camera. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a State Designated Historic Site.
Adult $7.00 ea
Youth (10-17) $6.00 ea
Children (0-9) Free
Family Discount $19.00
One postcard packet Free per family
$6.30 ea or maximum of $250 per group
The Prairie Homestead, an original sod home of Mr. & Mrs. Ed Brown, was built in 1909. It is typical of the homes and outbuildings that pioneers built.
This home is one of the last remaining original sod homes intact today. These pioneers played a very important part in settling the Great Plains.
This area of South Dakota was one of the last places to be homesteaded. Visual memories of homestead days are fast becoming extinct. These sod dugouts and shanties were common throughout the prairie. Almost all have disappeared, melted away by the prairie rains, caved in and returned to the earth from which they came.