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“Worth the stop”
Review of Harkin Store

Harkin Store
Ranked #5 of 23 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 December 23, 2012

having driven past this store for years, I decided to stop. A costumed guide was there to tell all about the store, its history, and the many original items still found there. Kids have opportunities to experience a bit of life 100 or so years ago. There is a small gift shop to buy stuff for real.

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Reviewed July 31, 2012

our tour hostess was extremely knowledgeable and told stories as if they just happened recently~makes one really think about our ancestory and how fortunate we are these days

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Not much to see or do here, but the drive here in nice along the Minnesota River bottom. It's kind of cool stepping back in time, and it smalls great in there. Not worth going our of your way to see, but if you want a scenic drive and it's on your way to somewhere else swing in.

Thank Morgman
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

My boyfriend and I went to check this out on Friday, 10/14/11. The woman that was there greeted us at the door and was able to tell us about the history of the place and answer any questions we had. It was so interesting to see all the old stuff there. It makes you step into their shoes for a brief moment in time and imagine how life would have been like back then. The host/guide there was very friendly and informative, she was able to give us the utmost attention (probably because were the only ones there). This is such an interesting place, I advise everyone to check it out if you love history and antiques.

2  Thank BetterDayz78
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

Please see other Google sites for better descriptions.. The store was built in 1870 by my great grandfather and operated until the early 1900s, when Rural Free Delivery made the Post Office in the store unnecessary. That's whe it was closed by Alexander Harkin's daughter and husband, Rudolph Massopust, and left for about 40 years, until their daughter, Janet Massopust, would open it to visitors for 25 cents @ when she was not feeding chickens or tending her garden. Her descendants sold the store after her retirement to the Minnesoat Historical sSociety, which restored it to its 1870 condition, with much of the original unsold stock and appropriate replicas.

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