Preparing for Winter – Harkin Store

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Preparing for the winter was a long process for the pioneers in the 1870’s.  Making sure 

that their animals had enough food for the winter and also for themselves.  They would 

be drying food, candle-making, soap-making, cutting wood or making the grass bundles.

There will be a display of the equipment that the settlers used and pictures of the life 

on the farm and their chores.  The Harkin Store carried many of the supplies and tools 

that they used during the 1870’s.


The store is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 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

books, toys, and unique and hand crafted items and 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 Ridgley.  Nicollet County Road 21 is under 

construction so follow the detour signs or call the store when open for directions 

at 1-507-354-8666.


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