When I compare peaches and nectarines, they are surely different, but not extremely so. Textures and skins are telling differences, but you have to admit both are really good and the differences are subtle.
Just so, the ‘likeness’ highly overcomes the ‘difference’ when we look at two celebrity destinations in the Ozarks.
- Arnie’s Barn, the historic 150 yr old barn from Arnold Palmer‘s hometown, Labtrobe, PA, that has moved to the Ozarks at Top of the Rock par 3 golf course near Branson, MO. When one thinks of professional golf, Arnold Palmer‘s name is always near the top of a list of quality players. He’s accomplished amazing things during his life/career, much more than golf and tea!
- Rocky Ridge Farm where Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the Little House books and her daughter Rose wrote some of her works while both practiced their journalist careers. Rocky Ridge Farm made an impact on the Ozarks and the entire planet when Laura took time from her farm chores (even hiring a little help) to write the precious Little House books. Those ‘True-to-Life’ stories about a child’s growing up on the Prairies and more — growing up with our country have provided wholesome reading for children and families since 1932! Just think of it.
Even more impressive, the Wilder family’s homes and land are still available for visitors and fans to tour — to get a sense of the hardworking family that through the notoriety of the stories becomes the faces of millions of settlers who ‘tamed’ the prairies. Almanzo Wilder and Laura Ingalls Wilder and their daughter, Rose Wilder Lane made a mark that qualifies as ‘national icon’. They ‘people’ in and around Mansfield who are flat out, radical fans working to preserve the homes and restore some of the buildings so that generations to come can enjoy and learn about Rocky Ridge Farm in the ‘good old days’.
The Ozarks offer a special climate and scenic hospitality for people to come — to get out of their personal ‘rat race’ and find pleaurea and memories. Visitors take a break from TODAY to enjoy and learn about YESTERDAY.
I believe people who live and work in the Ozarks should be proud to have wholesome celebrities such as the Wilder family (Almanzo, Laura and Rose) and Arnold Palmer to attract visitors.
Arnie’s Barn at Top of the Rock offers a fine restaurant gracing the soaring, vaulted ceilings and lofts while Top of the Rock Pro Shop makes itself at home in the barn.
There is a sweet dream to rebuild buildings at Rocky Ridge Farm, giving visitors the experience of farming over 100 years ago. Some of the goals are in action —
- Laura’s garden is onsite, planted with heirloom varieties by Baker Creek Seeds
- Hens and a rooster are enjoying the chicken house built according to plans that Laura recommended.
- The first trees in the apple orchard are beginning to bear fruit.
- There are shovel-ready plans for a new building with room for the collection of memorabilia and the library as well as other artifacts which we all enjoy seeing and connecting to Laura and members of her family.
You are invited to be a part of the project. Your gift TODAY will keep YESTERDAY for TOMORROW. You can make a gift of any amount you choose at this website for Laura: LauraIngallsWilderHome.com. The donation page or any purchases you wish to make from the website bookstore and gift shop are secure….you can use PayPal for an added layer of security. Or, if you prefer to send a check or money order, there is a mailing address on the web page.