This 40th annual event celebrates the heritage of the Minnesota village of West Newton that
existed halfway between New Ulm and Fort Ridgely from 1856 to 1901. Historical photographs
will be on display as well as the history of the Alexander Harkin family. He was the founder of
the 1870’s general store with 40% original merchandise still on the shelves, which is all that is
left of the village.
We invite any descendants of West Newton’s earliest settlers to share their stories and any
photographs, on Sunday, August 4th from 1 to 4 pm. We will able to copy any information and
photos for you and us. We will also post information for contacts.
The store is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 4 pm with programs on Sunday
afternoons from 1 to 4 pm. The gift shop is open the same hours as the store and has many
books, toys, unique and hand crafted items, also 10 cent candy. Admission to the program is
included with admission to the store.
The store is located nine miles northwest of New Ulm on Nicollet County Road 21, or the
bottom road, or nine miles east of Fort Ridgely. Nicollet County Road is under construction
so follow the detour signs or call the store when open for directions at 1-507-354-8666.