Here we all are around the table, all 16 of us. My family on the left and Melanie's on the right. She was babysitting for her two grand nephews which accounts for the two littlest boys in the picture.
After lunch we went on our scheduled tour of the surveyor's house, the Brewster school, the first school of De Smet, which are all right together, and then we drove over a few streets to the house Pa built in town.
The Surveyor's House in which Laura and her family spent the winter as described in By the Shores of Silver Lake. It is no longer on the lake as the lake was drained many years ago. Pictures were not allowed to be taken inside, but it was so neat to go in and see the rooms and imagine Laura and her family living there.
The first school of De Smet and where Laura and Carrie attended.
Right across the street is where Pa's store was in town and where the family lived during the long winter. Today it is a brick building. I was told that the original was taken down a long time ago and the wood used to build other things.