Harkin Store

Goods such as dishes, bolts of material, bottles of medicine, and crocks sit on shelves inside the Harkin Store.

An authentic 1871 general store

Goods such as dishes, bolts of material, bottles of medicine, and crocks sit on shelves inside the Harkin Store.

An authentic 1871 general store

Step into the Harkin Store, once the social center of the community where townsfolk and farmers gathered to buy groceries, barter for supplies, and exchange news. Many of the store’s original goods remain on the shelves.

Managed by the Nicollet County Historical Society. Free admission for MNHS and NCHS members.

A father and son crouch down outside to look at a large antique bell.

What to see and do

A young boy and girl sit and play checkers on a tabletop in the Harkin Store.

Savor the smells and sights of an 1870s general store as you sample the wares or try a game of checkers. At the Harkin Store, you’ll see:

  • The original building and store inventory
  • Costumed interpreters
  • Minnesota River views from the porch
  • Programs every Sunday
  • Museum store featuring gifts inspired by the store’s era

A time when river towns prospered

The Harkin Store and the family who ran it saw the town of West Newton grow from a sleepy farming community to a bustling commercial center, enjoying prosperity and enduring hardships along the way.

A black and white photo of workers at a log splitter.

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