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Holmes County celebrates Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life in the Florida Panhandle with 150th birthday party

Laura Ingalls Wilder and her husband Almanzo Wilder once lived in Holmes County, Florida.
Laura Ingalls Wilder and her husband Almanzo Wilder once lived in Holmes County, Florida.

Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of Little House on the Prairie, was born 150 years ago today on February 7, 1867.

The Holmes County Historical Society will celebrate her accomplishments and her time as a resident of the Florida Panhandle with a special 150th birthday party this Saturday at the society’s museum in Bonifay.

Wilder is known around the world for her “Little House” series of books. Little House on the Prairie was turned into a popular television series starring Michael Landon and Melissa Sue Gilbert. that remains in syndication today.

It is a little known fact that a young Laura Ingalls Wilder lived north of Westville in Holmes County, Florida. She moved there with her husband Almanzo Wilder in 1891 and the couple stayed in the piney woods of Florida for about one year.

We have details on Saturday’s 150th birthday party below but first enjoy this video tour of historic sites along Florida’s State Road 2 in Jackson and Holmes County. One of the stops is the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Site:

The following information was provided by the Holmes County Historical Society:

Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Holmes County Historical Society will celebrate the 150th anniversary of her birth with a Birthday Party in her honor on Saturday February 11. This party will be held at the Holmes County Museum at 412 W Kansas Avenue in Bonifay from 10am – 2pm.

The event will feature guest speaker; Mary Jo Craft, who is a Fourth cousin of Laura Ingalls Wilder at 11am & 1pm. There will be Best Pioneer Girl Dress Contest for girls ages 12 and under at 11:45, with story-time at 12:30. The party will feature Hotdogs, Cupcakes and refreshments. This event is free and is open to the public.

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Curry Ferry Landing: Revolutionary War crossing point in Holmes County, Florida

Curry Ferry Landing is a boat launch on the Choctawhatchee River in Holmes County, Florida… but it is also much more!

The ferry was in use before the American Revolution and was used by British troops during that conflict. Click play to watch this fascinating story:

If you enjoyed the story of Curry Ferry Landing, you might enjoy learning about some of the other sites along the Jackson and Holmes County section of the old Pensacola – St. Augustine Road:

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The Pensacola – St. Augustine Road: A remarkable journey down Highway 2 in the Florida Panhandle

The Pensacola – St. Augustine Road was the first road connecting the two historic capitals of Florida during the Colonial era. In this special feature, Two Egg TV’s Rachael Conrad searches for traces of the historic trail and finds much more than expected!

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