The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to
be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we
have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have
courage when things go wrong.
– Laura Ingalls Wilder


To All of Laura’s Fans-

It is my pleasure and honor to serve as the director of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum, and to be president of the Home Association.

I have been working with the association since 1960, and became director in 1993. The entire staff and all the volunteers take great pride in the restoration, preservation and education of Rocky Ridge Farm, where Laura wrote the “Little House” series.

We hope you will enjoy the wonderful experience of the farm and all of Laura’s possessions that were so near and dear to her and her family.


Mrs. Jean Coday, Director
Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum and
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association of Mansfield, Missouri


The Wilder Home Association

After Laura’s death in 1957, her daughter Rose Wilder Lane and Mansfield resident and close friend Irene Lichty, formed the Wilder Home Association with the vision to preserve intact the Wilder home and its many treasures. At that time, the association got its start with the establishment of $100.00 memberships – the exact amount Laura and Almanzo saved to purchase the land we would affectionately come to know as Rocky Ridge Farm. Over the years, we have been blessed by our many supporters who share our same vision and values. Today, we seek not only to preserve Laura’s legacy but to continue her story by supporting the future of the historic Rocky Ridge Farm. It’s an exciting time to become a member and we encourage your consideration.

For more information about our vision for the  restoration, preservation and education of Laura’s legacy feel free to contact us!


The Wilder Home Association
Board Members

The Wilder Home Association  was established in 1957. Over the years, it has developed many supporters that wished to be a part of this work. These dedicated people believe in the ideals and pioneer values of the Wilder writings, which emanated from these historic homes in the Ozarks.

The Campaign Leadership Group and the trustees of the Wilder Home Association of Mansfield, Missouri have dedicated themselves to the continuous restoration and preservation of Rocky  Ridge Farm in order to provide a unique personal and educational experience.

They have invested years of research, planning and preparation in order to enhance the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum experience. This historic project will create additional economic value for the Missouri Ozarks Region. With a vetted master plan in hand and the support of regional (and national) leaders, the board works toward establishing the next chapter of Laura’s story.

Please be our guest at any time to visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum. We look forward to seeing you here!

Board Members pictured from left to right: Joe Coday; John Moore; Susan Essman; Tim Rosenbury; Jean Coday; Susan Kirby; and Vicki Box. Not pictured: Kay Goss; Annie Busch; William Anderson; Dale Freeman; Tim Hancock; James Miller; David Norman.