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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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Fun tour today with a group of antique car collectors. One of the visitors did some work for Marie while going to college at Buena Vista College. ... See MoreSee Less

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Had a great time with a tour group from Omaha NE today at the Harker House! Thanks for stopping by! ... See MoreSee Less

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No Holiday Season is complete without a Fruit Cake! Taped inside a copy of The Boston Cooking School Cook Book inside the Harker House is a newspaper clipping from The Christian Science Monitor with a recipe for "Mother C.'s Fruit Cake." Here it is - enjoy! If you make it please post a picture and let us know how it taste in the comments here!

1 Cup Butter (1/2 Pound)
1 Cup Sugar (1/2 Pound)
5 Eggs
1/2 Cup molasses
2 Cups flour (1/2 Pound)
1/2 Teaspoon soda
1 Teaspoon mixed ground spices
1/4 Teaspoon fruit juice
1 Pound currants
2 Pounds seeded raisins
1/2 Pound citron, shredded
1 Package candied orange peel

Cream butter until soft, add sugar gradually and beaten eggs; add molasses. Add mixed and sifted dry ingredients and fruit juice, then fruit mixed with a little of the flour. Turn into greased pans lined with waxed paper and again greased. Bake in slow over, 300 degrees F., from 2 to 3 hours, until done, depending on size of pans used. Turn on rack to cool. Wrap in waxed paper and store in airtight container with a cut apple or whole lemon to keep fresh.
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