The Visitor's Center
The Burr Oak Savings Bank building was built in 1910. It was restored and opened as the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum Visitor’s Center in 2004, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here is where your visit to Burr Oak and the Masters Hotel begins.
The Visitors’ Center houses the original bank vault, story boards of the history of the building and the restoration process, restrooms, and the museum’s gift shop.
Books that tell of Laura's time in Burr Oak are available in the gift shop.
Old Town in the Green Groves
by Cynthia Rylant
You may enjoy walking through the original bank vault and learning about the first bank robbery in the county, browsing in the gift shop, reading copies of letters Laura wrote to her fans, picking up brochures from other sites of interest, and visiting with the staff and other guests. You will find a large selection of books and souvenirs in the gift shop. While you are here, please sign our guest book and add a pin for your hometown to the world map.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum
The Iowa Story
by William Anderson
Laura Ingalls Wilder
the Annotated Autobiography
Pamela Smith Hill, editor