Pulled From the Pages

Revisit the locations that inspired five classic childhood novels

Illustration: Tim Bower

  • Little House on the Prairie

    Little House on the Prairie
    Mansfield, Missouri
    The farm where Laura Ingalls Wilder penned her famous pioneer series is now a museum, with many of her belongings, including her writing desk, exactly as she left them.

  • Old Yeller

    Old Yeller
    Mason, Texas
    A bronze statue of the beloved yellow Black Mouth Cur stands in the hometown of the tearjerker’s author, Fred Gipson. It was dedicated in 1999 at the first Old Yeller Day, a celebration now held each September. The town library also hosts an exhibit showcasing memorabilia from the book and Gipson’s life.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Monroeville, Alabama
    Harper Lee grew up just a few blocks from the courthouse that inspired the setting for the trial at the center of her masterpiece. Now a museum, the building is open to those wishing to pay their respects to the late author.

  • Where the Red Fern Grows

    Where the Red Fern Grows
    Tahlequah, Oklahoma
    Tahlequah honors author Wilson Rawls with an annual festival each spring, complete with a coon hunt and hound-dog trials. Natural Falls State Park and the surrounding Ozarks, the setting for Rawls’s coming-of-age tale, are spectacular all year.

  • The Yearling

    The Yearling
    Hawthorne, Florida
    Visit the 1930s Florida Cracker–style home at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, where the author penned her Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. Forty miles east, you can ramble down the Yearling Trail in Ocala National Forest.