I have a thing about little-out-of-the-way places where nobody goes. If it takes effort to find it, it's a place I've got to visit.
I mean, who wants to visit attractions that everyone has already seen anyway?
Last year when I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder's home in Mansfield, Missouri, I saw a sign for Bakersville Village on the same exit.
I was intrigued. I hadn't seen it the last time I'd been through the area. After asking family members about it, my curiosity was piqued.
Turns out, it's been a working farm since before the Civil War. The present owner started a seed catalog company from his bedroom when he was 17. Now grown, he and his wife have turned part of their farm into a pioneer village and a brick and mortar seed store and populated it with rare heirloom breeds of farm animals.
Oh, yeah, it's also in the backside of nowhere, which is a plus in my book when it comes to visiting attractions.
Hmm...remote, unique, and free.
Yep, that's a great formula for a memorable experience.