Located 2 miles west of Madison, South Dakota on the shores of Lake Herman and situated on 120 acres, Prairie Village has over 40 antique-filled buildings reliving the days of an active turn of the century main street. Visit the Lawrence Welk Opera House, sod and log houses, country school, churches and one of the last remaining chapel railroad cars, the "Emmanuel". See agricultural displays, steam tractors, a sawmill and much more.
The village is surrounded by 2 miles of railroad track for the Prairie Village, Herman & Milwaukee Railroad. Buy a ticket to ride one of our trains which run on Sundays at 3:00 PM, during Railroad Days and Jamboree and by special arrangement for groups. Check out one of America's newest turntables and roundhouse in action.
Ride one of the world's last remaining steam-powered carousels. The 1893 Herschell Spillman steam carousel gives rides on its German-carved horses to the tune of great calliope music.
Established on the current site in 1966, over the years thousands upon thousands of elementary school children have come to Prairie Village on field trips to have fun while gaining knowledge and appreciation for how their relatives lived in eastern South Dakota many years ago.
Our premier event is the Annual Steam Threshing Jamboree usually held the last weekend in August. It features parades, the largest flea market in the area, machinery demonstrations, tractor pulls, musical entertainment, exhibits, food and family fun.
Prairie Village offers a gift shop where you can get a souvenir from your visit and also something to water the whistle or snack on while you wander around the grounds. Camping is available and we offer 175 camping sites with electricity. 2009 camping prices are $15 with electricity and $12 primitive nightly and a modern shower house and a RV dump station are available on the grounds.
We are open from Mother's Day weekend to Labor Day.
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