The Prairie House Manor Bed & Breakfast
De Smet, South Dakota

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Welcome to the Prairie House Manor...

A Victorian Bed and Breakfast located in
the Little Town on the Prairie
De Smet, South Dakota

Hometown of author Laura Ingalls Wilder


Prairie House Manor will be going through some changes beginning January 1, 2017. The bed and breakfast is for sale and is now closed, but three of the upstairs rooms will soon be available for reservation under Please e-mail us at with any questions or date requests.

Prairie House Manor is the perfect place for scrapbooking weekends, quilting parties, church retreats, family reunions, ladies weekend getaways, business meetings, and executive retreats. Just let us know your needs and we will work with you to create the ideal environment for a successful and memorable event. From delicious meals to overnight accommodations to meeting spaces, we will customize a package just for you. Call today. Special rates apply for hunters.

Spacious Enclosed Porch Families come from all over the world to visit Laura Ingalls Wilder's hometown and we are proud to be a part of that love. Our home belonged to Banker Ruth from the Little House book The Long Winter.

Attraction Information

Laura Ingalls Wilder Tour Schedule
Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant
The church "Pa" helped build


Delicious Full Breakfast Each Morning
Spacious Accommodations ~ Private Baths
Free Pool Passes Year Round
Children Welcome
Pool Table
Convenient Location ~ Meeting Spaces
HD Flatscreen TV in the Living Room

Enjoy A Relaxing Game of Pool
Made-to-order Omlettes

Wake each morning to incredible aromas wafting to your room. Getting out of your comfortable bed would be difficult, except you won't be able to resist the urge to see what's for breakfast.

Start each day with culinary delights such as Homemade Belgian Waffles with Raspberry Sauce & Whipped Cream or Jenny's Made-To-Order Omelettes. Other offerings include Fresh Fruit, Blueberry Cheesecake Flapjacks, various French Toast Bakes, and the kids' favorite, "The Pancake Man". You will receive a menu the night before to choose from 4-5 homemade choices each day.

You won't go away hungry...

Pancake Man at Prairie House Manor


Special Packages
  • Attention Hunters:
    There's nothing better than coming home to a hot shower and a delicious meal after a successful hunt (read more)
  • Scrapbookers Weekend:
    Do you love to scrapbook but just don't have the time. Grab a bunch of your friends and come to The Prairie House Manor (read more)
  • Quilting Parties
    Just can't seem to find the time to work on that quilt? Call some friends and getaway to the Prairie House Manor (read more)
  • Family Reunions
    In this fast-paced world, we never spend enough time with the ones we love. Why not invite your loved ones and (read more)
  • Church Retreats
    Sunday schools, Men's groups, Couples retreat...come to The Prairie House Manor and spend quality time together (read more)
  • Business Meetings
    Do you need to get away for a distraction-free planning meeting? Let us help you plan a successful and productive (read more)
  • Ladies Weekend Getaway
    Sometimes we just need some quality time with our girlfriends...(no carpools, no laundry, no dirty dishes) (read more)

If you don't see a package that addresses your specific needs,
call us ... we can custom design a package just for you.


History of Prairie House Manor

I wonder what it was like to walk the streets of De Smet in 1880 when Colonel Thomas H. Ruth served as mayor.

Here in the Little Town on the Prairie, he was known as Banker Ruth, an early businessman. He purchased our property in 1884 and completed his house in 1894 before the birth of his son, Edwin.

Deck Our home was restored in 1989 and opened for business on June 29, 1990. At that time, it was dedicated to the Lord as a Christian business, and the Lord has richly blessed us with wonderful couples and families.

Guests enjoy six rooms with private baths.
Rooms are suitable for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. We welcome all.

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We dreamed of returning the house to its historic elegance. Searching for pictures we found one in an antique
postcard display at the Oxbow Restaurant and one in Laura Ingalls Wilder Country, page 81.
Ron Waldner used the pictures to design and build the porch to its original style. In 1998,
we added the glass windows to make the front sitting porch a three seasons dream porch.

Our home is listed on the National Historic Registry
for the person, Colonel Thomas H. Ruth, that lived here.

Welcome to De Smet

Fresh air, sunshine and wide open prairies greet you when you explore the "Little Town on the Prarie." Whether you are looking for a fun family vacation, a hunting or fishing trip or some unique shopping and dining, De Smet has it all.

Visit the original homes of famous author Laura Ingalls Wilder and take a covered wagon ride or take in the Laura Ingalls Wilder pageant.

Visit Lake Thompson, just eight miles east of De Smet, South Dakota's largest natural lake. It's an angler's haven with walleye, perch and northern pike. The De Smet area also offers the best pheasant hunting in east central South Dakota.

De Smet also offers many unique shops on Main Street,
midwestern hospitality and a wide selection of restaurants.
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The Prairie House Manor Bed & Breakfast
209 Hwy 25 South
De Smet, SD 57231
Andy & Jenny Todd, Innkeepers
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