South Dakota July 16, 2016
You’ll Want To Visit These 7 Houses In South Dakota For Their Incredible Pasts
These beautiful homes built in South Dakota have been around for over a century and are still standing today. Their vintage styles are gorgeous on the outside and in, but their history is what really makes them interesting. These 7 houses would have many stories they could tell if walls could speak, and you’ll want to see them in person to get the full experience.
1. Adams House - Deadwood
This magnificent Victorian-style house was built in 1892. Pretty much everything inside is original and has been there for the whole century the house has. The widow to the man who originally owned it, Mary Adams, closed its doors after her husband's death in 1934, leaving everything inside intact until the Deadwood Historic Preservation Committee purchased it in 1994 and turned it into the beautiful museum you can visit today.
2. Prairie House Manor - De Smet
The beautiful and historic De Smet is home to this gorgeous house on the prairie. It was built in 1894 and has been beautifully restored into a bed & breakfast today. The original owner was a business man with the nickname "Banker Ruth," and he served as a mayor of De Smet in 1880.
3. Prairie Homestead Historic Site - Philip
Although not quite the prettiest building around, this homestead serves as an important historical site to preserve the way of life in South Dakota back in the turn of the century. It was one of the original sod houses on the prairie that many homesteaders threw together with whatever they could get and called home. It shows just how tough life was out in the prairie and is one of the very last original sod houses still standing.
4. Pettigrew Home & Museum - Sioux Falls
This fantastic home once housed former Senator Richard Franklin Pettigrew, hence the name, in 1911 when he purchased the house from its original owners, who built it in 1888. Pettigrew himself was hugely responsible for Sioux Falls' growth and brought the railroad and the people that came with it to the town. This house is still visitable today and serves as an important part of Sioux Falls history.
5. Ingalls Homestead - De Smet
This massive home out on the open range hosts a year festival known as the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant to showcase what life was like at this house and in the town. The house itself is like something straight from the past.
6. Victorian Bed and Breakfast - Sioux Falls
What a beautiful house this is! Now a bed & breakfast, the house was built all the way back in 1888. Wow! It looks amazing for its age and you can stay in it yourself right in Sioux Falls.
7. Heritage House Bed & Breakfast - De Smet
This is not quite a house, but a very important building in De Smet that housed many businesses over the years. It was once also the place where many budding pioneers went to stake their land claims. Today, it is a bed and breakfast and is kept beautifully preserved to commemorate the history of the area and the state as a whole.
These places are simply lovely, and full of history too. They are just a few of the awesome historical buildings in South Dakota. Take a look at
these old general stores in South Dakota that are like a time machine into the past – they’re pretty neat!