Sod House on the Prairie
12598 Magnolia Ave. (just off Hwy 14, one mile east of Sanborn corner), Sanborn, MN. 507-723-5138. www.sodhouse.org
$4 per person; under 7 free. Free parking. Stroller accessible (gravel path). Restrooms available.
“Mom, we sure are learning a lot about Laura today.” The Sod House on the Prairie was a natural extension of our trip to Walnut Grove. We drove up the the farmsite, deposited our admission at the self-serve station by the house, and walked out on the prairie to see the sod houses.
Originally designed as a bed-and-breakfast, the Sod House is now an exhibit only. On the prairie, the grass so tall I could just see over it, are a “soddy,” or sod house, a dugout, and a log cabin. The thick walls and doors with “old-days” latches are a novelty for the kids; they also like seeing the old furnishings and notice that there isn’t TV, which makes for an interesting conversation about what pioneers did for entertainment.
The Sod House was a nice stop to let the kids run on the prairie paths and get a new perspective of how things were in another time.