Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New Harmony

During our recent, five state. road trip we spent an afternoon in beautiful New Harmony, Indiana.
As far as I know this bridge over the Wabash River is the only way into town.
New Harmony is a small historical town with less than 1000 residents. 
New Harmony, formerly named Harmony, was founded by the Harmony Society, headed by German immigrantGeorge Rapp (actually Johann Georg Rapp) in 1814. This was the second of three towns built by the pietist,communal German religious group, known as Harmonists, Harmonites or Rappites; they settled in Indiana after leaving Harmony, PennsylvaniaContinue reading here.
New Harmony is a peaceful little town frequented by groups and individuals seeking a peaceful environment in which to relax, study, worship or perhaps just to contemplate our world. 

A major anchor of the community is the "roofless church". This is a walled, grassy, well manicured area that is used for worship and community gatherings.

On the 4th of July residents and visitors watch fireworks from this area. The area overflows.  Spectators arrive walking or by patriotically decorated golf carts. A glorious celebration is had by all.

New Harmony is also the site of the early headquarters of the U.S. Geological Survey and provided the earliest geological and natural science collections for the beginnings of the Smithsonian Institute. Continue reading here.
I have visited New Harmony on several occasions. I always find it hard to leave. It is a wonderful walking town. Beautiful gardens, water features and interesting  little shops, with work from local artists, are around each corner. There is a museum, library, gallery and a theater. 
The Beautiful Hosta Garden

Soothing Fountains

This is the back side of the fountain above
Thought provoking Labyrinth

Shops and Theatre

Summer Theatre
Former residence turned inn
Boxwood Maze

A maze is impossible to photograph from the ground, so I am showing you heads moving through the maze. I wish I could have gotten a bird's eye view.
We had a relaxing visit at New Harmony,
 in harmony, with God, man and earth.

We leave the same way we entered this beautiful area
 and head for southern Illinois, 
the last of our five state trek.
I hope you enjoyed visiting New Harmony
with me and I wish you a harmonious day.


Doni said...

What a beautiful beginning to a lovely trip! Thank you so much for joining me fo Pearls and Lace Thursday...your photos are beautiful!!
Blessings, Doni

Barbara F. said...

Ginger, this was such a lovely and informative post! I need to get out and visit some different states. The photos are lovely. xo,

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

What a gorgeous post! So informative and beautiful! Love each one of those pics here. Stunning shots! Thanks for sharing:)
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Sherry said...

This is really close to where I live in S. IL. I have been here on field trips with the kids. Love the quaintness of it. Have a fun trip!

Miss Char said...

This looks like a wonderful place to visit. Thanks so much for sharing Ginger, I'll have to see how far this is from me.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely place and post!

I miss yall!
So happy to see you and S.O.B,having great fun traveling!...no spills(falls), no medical alerts.
These photo's make me want to go to New Harmony!
Ok so off to Illinois!...yall must be headed HOME!...be safe,have ton's of fun.

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Looks like a great trip...love the labyrith. Don't get too warm out there. LOL.

rnpurcell said...

Hi Ginger,
New Harmony looks like a place that I would truly enjoy visiting.
It looks so peaceful. Thanks for sharing all the pictures.

very merry vintage style said...

What a pretty town. Love the name. Great pictures!

Curtains In My Tree said...

There is a lot to be said about small town America

I love small towns

orchidlanedecor.com said...

Hi Ginger, you've taken some lovely shots of this pretty place. I love the gorgeous old buildings. So, this is another area I need to find on the USA map :)

Suzy xxx

Babs said...

Ginger, New Harmony looks like a lovely place to visit. Thanks for taking us there. Love the photos of the hosta garden and fountains.

annh said...

I was totally at peace looking at your wonderful photographs and glad you enjoyed your trip.

Jeanne said...

I LOVE your post about the town of Harmony. The town name is true to it's word. Harmony is definitely found there.
Hugs, Jeanne

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what great pictures! Love this little town. And the fountain is so beautiful.

Jocelyn @

LV said...

Thank you for this grand tour of such a great historical place.

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Looks like a wonderful place to visit! Very charming!

Jeanne said...

Ginger, I came back to answer your question about following my blog. I never did put the follower thing up. Maybe I should. Smile.

Thank you so much for your interest in following me. I just link the http on my side board when I follow someone. Typepad has this link feature.

I just read your eggplant post. I would love this. We grow eggplants in our container garden. I fry them in larger pieces and make eggplant parmesan.

Hugs, Jeanne

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Hi there lovely lady! Thank you for the sweet comments and visiting with me! Your photos of Harmony are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Darla said...

Such beautiful scenery. The old street signs caught my eye, I'd love to have them.

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I love all your Beautiful photos..looks like a wonderful place to visit Ginger.
I hope you and yours have a Great Weekend.
XXOO Diane

Debra @ Common Ground said...

What a beautiful place. I love seeing small town life. the gardens and fountains, and knowing the history, sounds like a wonderful place to live. Thanks for sharing with VIF, xo Debra

At The Picket Fence said...

What a wonderful tour Ginger! Thanks so much for sharing this with us last weekend at Inspiration Friday!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

What a quaint place! I would love to be able to visit there. The hosta garden is just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the history behind this lovely place.

And thanks for linking to the party. I would love to have you join me this week, also.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

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