On February 13, 1857, Almanzo James Wilder was born in Burke, New York. Almanzo had a happy childhood growing up on the family farm. Later, he met and married Laura Ingalls and they eventually settled in Mansfield, Missouri, where she would write the Little House series of books, including Farmer Boy, which describes a year in Almanzo's life on the Burke homestead.
Today, the homestead is open to the public. Come visit and get an idea of what life was like on a rural farm family in 1870. Tour the homestead museum, house, and barns, as well as a traditional 1800s one-room schoolhouse.
Open for the season: Memorial Weekend through September 30, Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon - 4 p.m. The last tour on all days is 3 p.m. sharp.
General admission includes a guided tour of the restored farmhouse, reconstructed barns, and museum.
- Adults: $9.00
- Seniors: $8.50
- Children 6 - 16: $6.00
- 5 and under: free
Tours for active duty military personnel with I.D. are free. Tours for military families with a military I.D. receive a 50% discount.
General tours take 60-90 minutes. Large groups are asked to call in advance. Information on school tours is listed below.
Annual events — check our website for more info:
July: Children's Art Extravaganza
August: Cultural Festival: Each season we celebrate a culture that influenced life in Northern New York in the mid 19th century.
September: Harvest Festival and Civil War Living HIstory Encampment
December: Christmas with Almanzo