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New Harmony - History Today

A travel journal to New Harmony by Globe

Quote: New Harmony is a tiny town on the banks of the Wabash River, just across from Illinois. It offers much more than most towns of its size, though, and should be a destination for anyone in the area.

New Harmony - History Today

Overview

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Many visitors go to New Harmony to learn about the history of the town. This was the sight of two settlements in the beginning of the 19th century, and many of the historical buildings are still standing and open for tours. The first group, German settlers who had first stopped in Pennsylvania, lived there for about 10 years. The town was then sold to Robert Owen from Scotland, who set up a utopian community. There are some fascinating stories that resulted from these communities, and you can learn all about the history by taking a guided tour. These leave from the Atheneum, the fancy, modern visitor's center located near the bridge to Illinois.Quick Tips: New Harmony is a nice destinati...Read More

Harmonie State Park

Attraction

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Five miles south of New Harmony lies Harmonie State Park. This is one of the larger state parks in Indiana, and the facilities are very good. The entrance fee is $2 for cars with Indiana license plates, and $5 for out of state vehicles. Yearly passes are also available for frequent visitors. Inside the park, there is a very large swimming pool with diving boards, a huge slide, concession stand, and many lounge chairs. The price is $2 per person, on top of the entrance fee to the park. It is open from the end of May through August. There is a large campground with sites for tents and campers. The fee is $12 per site, and this includes electricity and showers. A fire pit is at e...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2002

Harmonie State Park
3451 Harmonie State Road
New Harmony, Indiana 47631
(812) 682-4821

Yellow Tavern

Attraction

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The Yellow Tavern is probably the most popular food and drink establishment among the residents of New Harmony. This is the usual gathering place, and you will always find a good crowd. The bar has the usual array of domestic and imported beers, wines, and liquors. The food is excellent, and often this is the main draw. The distinctive pizza is a specialty. You can also try a variety of burgers and sandwiches (including a southern Indiana delight - a brain sandwich). Each day, homemade desserts are available, the best of which is bread pudding.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2002

Yellow Tavern
Church Street
New Harmony, Indiana 47631
(812) 682-3303

Atheneum

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The Atheneum is New Harmony´s visitor center. This huge building sits on the banks of the Wabash, right by the bridge to Illinois. Unlike the rest of the historical town, the Atheneum is strikingly modern. Designed by the famous architect Richard Meier, the building is white, shiny, and angular. The inside has wooden floors, ramps in place of stairs, and huge windows. Just inside, you will find the desk with information about guided tours and general information about the town. All tours begin with a short film about the town´s history, and this is shown in the theater in the Atheneum. You can also see a model of the town as it used to be. Depending on the weather, you may be able to climb the...Read More

Indiana Basketball

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For anyone who has seen the movie "Hoosiers", you will be familiar with the excitement of basketball in a small Indiana town. This can be witnessed at New Harmony School, the smallest public high school in the state, with about 80 students. Each winter, the boys and girls teams battle schools with as many as 10 times more students than New Harmony. If you see a game, you may feel like you are seeing a real life version of the David and Goliath story, and will surely find yourself cheering for the underdog. When it comes time for the state tournament, the whole town pulls together to support the teams. If you are interested in seeing a game, just ask any local for a schedule - it´s the top enterta...Read More