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The Prairie House Manor
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.
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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.
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.
Archived in April, 2016
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