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Welcome to the Harker House!
The Harker family invites you to step back in time and experience life in Storm Lake through three generations of Harkers. The Harker family started construction on their stately home in 1874 before moving in to the home in 1875. Through three generations of family members the home and many of the family heirlooms have been maintained and preserved for future generations.

You are invited to come and visit, see exquisite examples of fine walnut furniture and learn about Victorian era life in this historic home.

Located on the southwest corner of 3rd Street and Lake Avenue in beautiful Storm Lake this home is not only a view into the Harker Family but also a piece of Storm Lake history having seen the community grow and prosper.

The home is open for tours on a regular schedule, please visit our Tour Schedule page for details on upcoming tours. In addition, we invite to you learn more about the Harker Family and Storm Lake with our historic pages here on our web page. A key highlight of these pages is the Civil War Sketches book which contains individual accounts from over two dozen civil war veterans in Buena Vista County.

We look forward to your visit!

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Friday I stopped by the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua Iowa. Marie married Bennett Marshall here. The church was actually built in the town of Bradford Iowa which is no longer a City but you visit a fantastic Bradford town next to the Little Brown Church. While the congregation was founded in 1855 construction on the church didn't start until 1860 and would take four years to complete due to the Civil War. When soldiers came home they helped finish the church and because white paint was expensive during the war years brown paint was used. When the railroad located in nearby Nashua Iowa the town of Bradford disappeared. The church found a revival thanks to some Charles City natives, the Weatherwax brothers who traveled the Chautauqua Trail and used the story of the church and song (The Church In The Wildwood) as there theme. Improved roads and more name recognition started drawing crowds including couples who came to the church just to get married!

Take a tour of the Harker House to see a painting of the Little Brown Church done my Marie prior to her wedding and learn more about the Harker family.

Information for this post provided via a brochure from the Little Brown Church in the Vail.
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1875 is laid in bricks in front of the house representing the year the home was finished and moved into by the Harker family. One year latter in 1876 Philadelphia hosted the 1876 Untied States' Centennial Exhibition.

One of the highlights of the Centennial Exhibition was a sixteen foot tall hand holding a 29 foot torch. A gift from the country of France it would be installed, along with the rest of the figure, ten years later in New York Harbor. One of the visitors to the Centennial Exhibition to view the future hand of the Statue of Liberty was a 44 year old James Abram Garfield who would later become President of the United States in 1881.

What do you think it would be like to have been at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition?
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Another cool Painted Rocks found at the Harker House today! Thanks for thinking about us! ... See MoreSee Less

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