Travels with Children

The adventures I embark upon with my four young children.

Still no mail for us at the Harkin Store

  • 8 miles northwest of New Ulm, MN, on County Road 21. 
  • 507-354-8666 or 507-934-2160. 
  • http://www.mnhs.org/places/sites/hs/
  • Stroller accessibility via handicapped parking and entrance, but better to leave the stroller behind.

Around this time every year, the kids ask to go to the Harkin Store to see if there’s any mail for us.  That’s because each time we tour the historic store, the guide says, “There’s nothing here for you, but check back next time.”  They’ve taken his words to heart.

Each time we visit, though, they learn something new.  This time, they all wrote their names on the slate board (well, the 2-year-old told us her name and made some scribbles).  They all tried on hats so they could do their chores; the fun of coffee grinding was saved until after they’d churned the butter, done the ironing, and carded the wool. 

After a quick game of checkers, we headed outside for a special treat–a taste of homemade ice cream.  The Harkin Store has special programs on Sundays throughout the summer, and this was 4-H day and the dairy month celebration.

The staff at the Harkin Store work really well with kids to teach them about life in the 1870’s in language kids understand.  It’s interesting to take a step back in time and think about a time when all the goods people needed to buy could be found in a single small store.

Read about our previous visit to the Harkin Store.

Kids putting on hats at Harkin Store

At the Harkin Store

Inside Harkin Store

Slates at Harkin Store

Harkin Store

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