Visit the Little House in the Big Woods during Laura Ingalls Wilder Days! This reconstructed cabin is located on the property where Laura Ingalls was born on February 7, 1867.

During the festival, the cabin is decorated with quilts and period items. Please be aware that there is no running water or electricity on the site, however, there are restroom facilities on the property. On Saturday only during Laura Days, a shuttle bus runs between the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park in the village of ​Pepin and the Wayside Cabin. Cabin activities are run by volunteers and coordinated by Julie Francis Miller.

Cabin activities are free of charge, and donations are welcome.

Bus Schedule 2023 Orig

Activities

  • Read the historical marker located by the parking area and have your photo taken by it.
  • Hear a story about the Ingalls’ wagon trip from their log cabin to Pepin, told through quilt blocks.
  • Learn the names of quilt blocks and play the guessing game at the end to win a prize.
  • Design your own 9-patch quilt block to take home, made of fabric, paper, and glue.
  • Make a quilt pattern using tiny colored triangular magnets.
  • Look at and read through the materials inside the display board in the cabin. Enjoy exploring the cabin.
  • Meet “Jack” and “Black Susan,” the Ingalls’ pets (stuffed animals children may pet)
  • Learn how to hand sew your own 4-patch quilt block to take home using squares of fabric, just as Laura and Mary did (located in the picnic shelter outside the cabin).
  • Weave a string around the holes to complete wooden sewing cards
  • Learn to play Hoop-and-Stick (all three ways!)
  • Learn to play “Little Graces.”
  • Try out small pioneer toys, including Cup-and-Ball, Jacob’s Ladder, Yo-Yo’s, Spinning tops, and more.
  • Listen to pioneer music (CDs inside the cabin). Musicians are welcome to come to the grounds to play their instrument (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, harmonica, etc.). Any songs you can play from the books are a plus!
  • Take a family photo in front of the cabin or inside the cabin.
  • Wear pioneer clothes! We have many visitors of all ages wear parts of or whole costumes (bonnets, straw hats, pioneer dresses, aprons, suspenders, Civil War attire, etc.)