Laura Ingalls Wilder and her husband Almanzo moved to Florida a small town outside Westville called New Hope. Laura’s cousin, Peter Franklin, was already residing in Westville and they joined him and his wife Mary (also called Molly) there. They made the move, leaving from Spring Valley, Minnesota (where Almanzo’s family lived) in hopes that the climate would improve Almanzo’s health.
In the end, Laura and Almanzo stayed in Florida for less than a year as Laura struggled with the humid climate in Florida and they returned to live in De Smet, South Dakota.
Laura, Almanzo and their daughter Rose resided in Florida from October 1891 through August 1892.