Shopping with Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Going to Walnut Grove for the “On the Banks of Plum Creek” on July 21, stop in at the 1870’s Harkin 
Store and see what Laura and her family would have purchased at the Oleson Mercantile.  The Harkin

Store, which would have been open during the time Laura lived in Walnut Grove, has 40% original

merchandise still on the shelves.  A costumed tour of the store and the story of the unique bit of

history is told.  Extra checker boards will be available for you to challenge your friends and family.


The store is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4 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, unique and

hand crafted items and 10 cent candy.

Admission to the program is included with your site admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors, college students, and veterans & active military, $4 children ages 5-17 and Free for children age 4 and under and Nicollet County and Minnesota Historical Society members.


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 at 1-507-354-8666 for directions

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