Mansfield was established because someone saw opportunities with the railroad with made this town the mail & freight distribution for several miles north and clear to the Arkansas line to the south.. Founder, F.M. Mansfield was an attorney from Hartville, MO. Hartville was a part of the puzzle of the Civil War with a Class C battle carried on right in the town proper.
The area soils and climate of the time was inviting to the production of apples and there were thousands of acres of orchards in the vicinity in the late 1800's. Laura Ingalls Wilder saw an advertisement encouraging people to come be apple growers in the Land of the Big Red Apple and in 1985, she and her husband, Almanzo bought a small acreage and 1,000 apple saplings and moved to Mansfield. Years later, she began writing down the experiences of her childhood which have become the beloved Little House Books. The books are printed in several other languages, including German, French, Chinese and Japanese.
Laura's home is presently part of a museum complex that draws many visitors to Mansfield every year where they can enjoy tours of the two homes on the property and view family heirlooms under the guidance of well informed and dedicated musuem guides, some of whom knew Laura before she passed in 1957. Laura Ingalls Wilder Home
The Mansfield area is an inviting place to live as many families are learning fast. Contact me today at Taylor Realty Services to learn more about opportunities to live in the midst of history or for ways to market your property