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
People come from all over the world to visit Laura Ingalls Wilder’s little town. Our home belonged to Banker Ruth, who purchased the last sack of wheat for fifty dollars in the Little House book The Long Winter, and we enjoy sharing its rich history with guests.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society tour
Laura Ingalls Wilder pageant in July
De Smet Cemetery
Delicious Breakfast served each morning
Private Bath in each guest room
Pool table for adult use
Flat screen HD TV
Located 4 houses away from the Ingalls home
History of Prairie House Manor
The home is listed on the National Historic Registry for the person, Colonel Thomas H. Ruth, that lived here.
Thomas Hudson Ruth, of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania, came to De Smet in 1880 when the town was just beginning. He founded the Kingsbury County Bank with his brother, William. Mr. Ruth was elected mayor of De Smet in 1889 and was the first commissioner of schools and public lands under the new state constitution. He was chosen captain of the Co. E Dakota National Guard, later filling the offices of major and colonel. In 1879, Banker Ruth married Laura Galbraith, who passed away in 1893. He then married Amelia Bell in 1895, and their son, Edwin James, was born in 1902. Thomas Ruth passed away in 1908 and is buried in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania in the family burial plot.
Mr. Ruth’s home was historically restored in 1989 by Larry and Connie Cheney of De Smet, opened in 1990 as a bed and breakfast and dedicated to the Lord as a Christian business.
The Todd family from New Jersey purchased the bed and breakfast in 2008, after visiting De Smet in 2007, and have continued to welcome guests from near and far.
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