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“Enjoyable stop”
Review of Harkin Store

Harkin Store
Ranked #6 of 24 things to do in New Ulm
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Owner description: Savor the smells and sights of an 1870s general store as you sample the wares or try a game of checkers. When the railroad bypassed the small town of West Newton, the Harkin Store was forced to close with much of the unsold inventory still on the shelves, where it remains today.
Reviewed 25 August 2014

The Harkin Store is a unique place, a general store and post office with much of its' original stock still intact. It's hard to imagine the little town that once was, but the costumed guides will gladly give the history and explain all of the things in the store. My children enjoyed a game of checkers on a 114-year old checkerboard! Attached, in the old storage room, is a little gift shop with "penny" candy and all sorts of handmade items for sale.

The admission cost is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, college students and children ages 6-17, and free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members. THEY DO NOT TAKE CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS so bring cash or be prepared to write a check. They are open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, but are closed on Mondays. They often have events there, in the past we enjoyed a bluegrass musician, but this time it was just us and the guides (which was nice too!).

It's a quick stop, but enjoyable!

1  Thank gypsymamma
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

I love to visit the Harkin Store while riding the scenic "bottom road" in summer. My family used to shop there back in the late 1800's so it's part of my family history. The music and other activities add to the fun.

2  Thank Ann I
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Small museum that has lots of special events on many weekends during the summer. Niot open in the off season

1  Thank Happycow1
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

A beautiful drive a few miles outside of New Ulm along the river begins the trip back in time. This store is filled with authentic and much ORIGINAL goods from the late 1800s. The store clerk was extremely friendly and chatted with both my children about life in the time period. She was happy to show us glasses, sewing supplies, and all sorts of goodies from the shelves. An amazing time capsule of pioneer life, I highly recommend this stop if you are in the area for Laura Ingalls Wilder exploration.

4  Thank emiLyQuick
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

Enjoyed the friendly staff who explained the history of the Harkin Store. Great little gift shop. Portapotties if you must (and we did). A brief but enjoyable stop. Minnesota Historical Societ members get in free.

Thank jrudnits
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