Rose Wilder Lane

(1886-1968)

Rose Wilder Lane was an author, journalist, world traveler and Libertarian spokeswoman. Born in 1886, she did many things differently than other women of her time. She wore short dresses, cut her hair, and spoke her mind.


Rose was born on December 5, 1886 in a cabin near DeSmet, Dakota Territory (later South Dakota) where her parents, Almanzo and Laura Wilder tried to make a living from farming. Her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, was the author of the “Little House” series of books that told the story of her family’s adventures.


Rose Wilder Lane moved to Danbury in 1938 when she bought a house on King Street. She shared her experiences in remodeling the house in her articles for Woman’s Day Magazine in 1939, 1942, and 1960.