Malone (NY) Museums: Just Beyond the Adirondacks is the Homestead of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Farmer Boy

This Saturday, June 21, the Almanzo Wilder Farm is having a 75th anniversary celebration of the publication of Farmer Boy; the book based on the boyhood experiences of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s husband. From 1857-1875 the Wilders made Burke, NY their home.

Most people have heard of the “Little House” books that preserved a personal account of frontier life. Now translated into over 40 different languages, the Laura Ingalls Wilder’s series glimpses into a time that has disappeared but that clearly shows how our country was built by the resilience of pioneers like the Ingalls and Wilder families. We are indeed fortunate to have one such location nearby.

The 84-acre farm/museum will be hosting a series of events during this celebratory day. The hours during this special event are 10:00-5:00 with docents available to answer questions regarding the vast property and its special connection to the book. There are quite a few events that center around the Wilders as depicted in Farmer Boy as well as the preservation of New York rural life in the 1800s. Look forward to early American children’s games, an art activity, Morgan Horse show (1:00 p.m. only) and an oxen demonstration from Zion Farm.

The Almanzo and Laura Wilder Association, incorporated in 1987, is a non-profit organization that is committed to restoring the property as a historical site. The house has been renovated and is claimed to be the only dwelling from the “Little House” books that is still in its original location. Other houses from the various Ingalls/Wilder frontier westward quests have either been moved or destroyed. The other outbuildings on the property are reproductions.

For fans of the “Little House” T.V. show, Dean Butler, the actor who played Almanzo, (Remember “Manly?”) will be on site Saturday promoting his latest documentary “Almanzo Wilder: Life before Laura.” Authors William Anderson, Barbara Walker and Trini Winninger will conduct book signings in the Big Barn.

The Ladies of Moira Methodist Church will be selling food in the pavilion so look forward to trying two recipes from Walker’s Little House Cookbook: Mrs. Wilder’s Donuts and Apples and Onions.

Regular hours are Monday though Saturday 11:00 am-4:00 pm, with that last tour at 3:00, and Sunday 1:00 pm-4 pm, last tour at 3:00. For more information please call 483-1207. To get there from the town of Malone take Rt. 11 NE to Rt. 23 E. Take first right onto Donohue Road and turn right onto Stacy Road. The Wilder Farm will be on the left.


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