History is revived on Madison property at Prairie Village. Dozens of old fashioned buildings set the scene of a robust Main Street during the turn of the century. Folks wander through the village and explore the simplistic setting of times gone by. This historical South Dakota gem gives a glimpse of what life was like when people were unplugged and far from reach from today’s technology.
The buildings are a true treasure. Over a century old, the Lawrence Welk Opera House stands tall and proud. Still functional, special events are often held in this wonderful place. Services are still frequent the Junius Church first established in 1906. Congregations worship together at 8 a.m. during the summer months. View the Old Madison and Wentworth Hotels to see how folks found boarding rooms in the 1800’s. When guests booked these rooms it was for a dollar a night and 20 cents per meal. Children from Madison homes love to peek into the Prairie School. It’s hard to imagine how first graders through eighth graders all learned together, but amazingly they did!
Unplug and Unwind Near Madison Homes
Just a bit west of Madison property limits the Village sits on over 100 acres and welcomes seasonal campers from April until October. Many pitch a tent and sleep under the beauty of the South Dakota stars. There are plenty of spots with RV hookups to choose from too. Campground perks include electricity, shower access and an RV dump ground. Also for those who can’t stay unplugged for long there is a wifi access area to check in on social media. While reservations are not required they are recommended as campsites fill up quickly.
Special events are perfect times for visits. Crowds eagerly anticipate the annual Steam Threshing Jamboree. held in August. Three days of fun include train rides, truck and tractor pulls and steam and horse threshing. Treasure hunting is accomplished in the huge flea market. Plenty of food is on hand to satisfy hungry patrons. And, there’s even a pie eating competition for those with a sweet tooth and a competitive nature. Other favorite happenings include the Prairie Valley Pageant, Northern Bull Riding Tour, Railroad Days and Madison Car Show.