This weekend, Little House on the Prairie cast will visit Mountain Home.


The Lodge Between the Lakes is excited to announce that cast members from the award-winning television show “Little House on the Prairie” will be visiting this Saturday. 

“Christmas, Prairie Style” features cast members from the acclaimed TV show “Little House on the Prairie” engaging with residents and guests for a delightful two-day event. 


The event, taking place over the weekend, is organised by Gravel Markets LLC. Gravel Road Markets has been organising events for the past eight years and has had the privilege of being the exclusive event producer for the cast of the “Waltons” and “Little House on the Prairie” for the past two years. 

“We are thrilled to announce our upcoming visit to Mountain Home, Arkansas, where we will be accompanied by the talented cast of Little House on the Prairie,” expressed Jackson Bishop, the Event Executive Producer. 


Residents are cordially invited to attend the delightful “Little House on the Prairie” themed event, where they will have the wonderful opportunity to meet and capture cherished photographs with Caroline Ingalls (Karen Grassle), Grace Ingalls (Wendi Lou Lee), Miss Beadle (Charlotte Stewart), Sarah Carter (Pamela Roylance), and Baby Rose Wilder (Jennifer Donati). 

The meet and greet is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 18, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 19. The admission fee for adults is $10, while children between the ages of 3 and 12 can enter for $5. 

Residents also have the option to enjoy a VIP Dinner experience with the cast on Nov. 18, beginning at 7 p.m. We are pleased to offer a VIP Breakfast experience for the upcoming Sunday morning. Breakfast will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. 

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder is a renowned American author, known for her highly regarded “Little House on the Prairie” series, which she wrote from 1932 to 1943. The books were inspired by her upbringing in a settler and pioneer family. 

In 1867, Ingalls Wilder was born to Charles Philip and Caroline Lake. Two years later, her family relocated to Wisconsin. Following a stop in Rothville, Missouri, the family made their home in the Indian country of Kansas, close to present-day Independence, Kansas. 

As per Ingalls Wilder, her father was informed that the area would be accessible to white settlers. It was soon apparent that their assumption was incorrect upon arrival. The family decided to depart from their homestead in the Spring of 1871 upon learning about the possibility of eviction by the Osage Indian reservation. The Ingalls did not possess any legal rights to the land they were occupying. 

The family planned to return to their land in Wisconsin, which would later become the centrepiece for her first novel “Little House in the Big Woods.” In 1874, the family relocated to the banks of Plum Creek near Walnut Grove, Minnesota. The location would be the main subject of her third book, “On the Banks of Plum Creek.” 

During that period, the family would reside in a dugout sod house before transitioning to a new house constructed on the same land. Due to two consecutive summers of failed crops, they would be compelled to relocate once more after two years. They would be staying with her uncle, Peter Ingalls, in South Troy, Minnesota. 

Charles “Freddie” Ingall, the brother of Ingalls Wilder, was born on November 1, 1875. Unfortunately, he passed away nine months later. At that time, the family graciously assisted in managing a hotel in Burr Oak, Iowa. 

After the birth of her youngest sister, the family would go back to Walnut Grove, where her father worked as the town butcher and served as a Justice of the Peace. In the spring of 1879, he would accept a railway job. The job would require the family to relocate to the Dakota Territory, which served as the inspiration for “By the Shores of Silver Lake.” 

During their time in the Dakota Territory, the family decided to establish a homestead in De Smet, South Dakota. Ingalls Wilder would hold multiple jobs during her time away from school. She would also have the opportunity to meet her husband, Almanzo Wilder. 

The time period is well-documented in the books “Little Town on the Prairie” and “These Happy Golden Years.” 

In 1882, Ingalls Wilder graciously accepted her first teaching position in De Smet and proceeded to teach three terms of school between 1883 and 1885. In 1885, she married Almanzo Wilder. They would affectionately adopt the nicknames Manly and Bess for each other. 

Almanzo achieved a degree of prosperity on his homestead before experiencing partial paralysis due to a severe case of diphtheria. He would require a cane for mobility indefinitely. The couple has two children together, Rose Wilder and a son who sadly passed away 12 days after his birth. 

In 1890, the couple decided to move in with Almanzo’s parents in Spring Valley, Minnesota after facing some complications on their homestead. They later briefly relocated to Westville, Florida in search of a climate that would be more suitable for Almanzo’s declining health. 

In 1894, the Wilder family relocated to Mansfield, Missouri and acquired a piece of land that would later be known as Rocky Ridge Farm. The family was able to achieve financial stability through the farm. 

In 1911, Ingalls Wilder secured a columnist and editor position at the Missouri Ruralist after successfully submitting an article. She was employed at the paper until the mid-1920s. She decided to title her column “As a Farm Woman Thinks.” 

In 1924, after years of writing, Rose Wilder Lane, the daughter of Ingalls Wilder, kindly urged her mother to enhance her writing skills. During that period, the Wilder’s were depending on Lane, who had achieved fame as a writer, for financial support. The decision to enhance the author’s skills was viewed as an effort to ensure a more comfortable retirement for the family. 

The Stock Market Crash in 1929 had a devastating impact on both the Wilder and Lane family. In 1930, Wilder requested her daughter’s opinion on an autobiographical manuscript she had written about her pioneering childhood. They would collaborate to release the book titled “Little House in the Big Woods” in 1932. 

Ingalls Wilder wrote a total of nine books, with the assistance of her daughter. She departed in 1957. The books are now available to the public. 

In 1972, the TV show “Little House on the Prairie” made its debut. The series, based on Ingalls Wilder’s book series, was brought to the screen by former NBC executive Ed Friendly, who acquired the film and television rights to Wilder’s novels. The show continued its run until 1982. 



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