Mansfield, Missouri

Mansfield, Missouri

Welcome to Mansfield! Stay for awhile and enjoy our beautiful Ozarks scenery located in Wright County amid the gently rolling hills of the Ozark Mountain Plateau.

Each year, thousands of people come to Mansfield to visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder-Rose Wilder Lane Historic Home and Museum. Just next door is the Little House Bookstore, where you can purchase books and souvenirs of your visit.

The sprawling white frame farmhouse near Mansfield, home to Laura Ingalls Wilder for 63 years, began as a two-room house constructed by Laura and Almanzo Wilder in 1895 using lumber and fieldstone from the surrounding farm. A series of additions were completed by 1912 and give the house its current bungaloid, irregular shape.

The modest Wright County homestead is nationally significant as the residence of one of America's most famous authors of children's literature. In this house, beginning at the age of 65, Wilder wrote the Little House series of children's books which tell of her life on the frontier as her family homesteaded in Wisconsin, Kansas, Minnesota, and South Dakota. The books illustrate the struggles and hardships as well as the joys of pioneer life encountered by Laura between the ages of five and 18.

A town's future is always shaped by it's history and in Mansfield, we are keeping our history alive as we look forward to the future.

Mansfield Missouri is located fifty miles to the east of Springfield, MO, where you can visit Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Galloway Craft Village, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Exotic Animal Paradise, Dickerson Park Zoo and Springfield Conservation Nature Center.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Wilder Family Gravesites

Almanzo, Laura and Rose are buried in the Mansfield Cemetery. The Wilder family's gravesites are marked for ease in locating them. Many visitors each year, visit the gravesites and leave flowers in Laura'

Mansfield, MO Cemeteries

City Square Park

Mansfield's downtown City Square Park is the center of community events and outdoor enjoyment. An historic gazebo stands in the center of the park surrounded by shaded grass areas for picnics, visiting with neighbors, or just walking barefoot through the park!

Mansfield, MO Recreation

Bust of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Well known sculptor William J. Williams is the creator of the collection of bronze busts of famous Missourians that are on display in the State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Missouri.

When Mansfield citizens learned that a bust of Laura Ingalls Wilder was being

Mansfield, MO Arts

Mansfield Bank

The main portion of the Mansfield Bank building was built in 1917

Mansfield, MO Architecture

Things to do near Mansfield, MO

General Sweeney's Museum

Trace the Civil War west of the Mississippi River through 5,000 original artifacts arranged in profesionally-designed display...

White Squirrels

Take a drive through Marionville, Missouri and see it's famous white squirrels. During the summer you can view them early in...