as I said before, we love Farmer Boy and the other Little House books! As we were reading Farmer Boy a few weeks ago, I realized we would be driving through the area the family lived in (upstate NY) on our way to Vermont. Happily for us, the Wilder Homestead was only a few miles out of our way!
the house is original- taken back to how it would have looked when Almanzo lived there- and furnished accurately for the period. the barns were rebuilt according to descriptions in the book and Laura Ingalls Wilder's notes.
we all walked around saying things like, "This is the actual stream where Pa, Almanzo, Royal, Lazy John and French Joe washed the sheep!" (here it is)