"A Harmonious Beginning--Harmony, Pennsylvania" Harmony by VeronicaG

Harmony Travel Guide: 28 reviews and 72 photos

A Historic Preservation

Update: (November) I've added new Things to Do and Shopping Tips to my Harmony page.

When I lived in Pennsylvania, I loved roaming through the historic town of Harmony, browsing its antique shops, admiring its preserved homes and buildings and walking its unique square. It's not quite a 30 mile drive from Pittsburgh.

Harmony was founded by Germans in 1804, when religious leader Johann Georg Rapp brought his followers to this area. It was his intent to find a locale where the people could worship, farm and put forth Rapp's religious teachings, but there was one important condition--a celibate lifestyle was required.

The Harmonites lived in this area for ten years, before selling their property to Mennonites and moving to New Harmony, Indiana. They returned to Pennsylvania in 1924 and resettled in Economy. Each of these villages was successful and the Harmonites produced 'many goods in a clothing factory, a sawmill, a tannery, tended vineyards and ran a distillery'.

The Harmony Museum has preserved the life history of the Harmonites and is a worthwhile stop when visiting this small historic village. Even George Washington made an appearance in this area, but then you'll have to read my tips to learn more about that.

  • Last visit to Harmony: Sep 2008
  • Intro Updated Nov 15, 2008
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  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Interesting new tips on your Harmony page. Glad you are enjoying your visit.

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    The intro picture reminded me of so many small towns in Germany. Das ist sehr gut!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Great to see someone else on VT visiting Father Rapp :-] As you say, Harmony is a very nice quiet town with a lot to see in a small space.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Interesting historical tips from part of your old stomping ground!

  • garridogal's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    I want to stay at the Harmony Inn!

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    Great page! Interesting you mention the name "Ott" in connection with Grace Church's clock tower--it's a prominent name in S. Jersey!

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2008 at 7:13 AM

    Wouldn't it be nice if all the world could live in Harmony? Little towns like this are a joy - thanks for sharing, Veronica. leyle

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Splendid! Love reading about small towns with an interesting and historic past.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2008 at 5:32 AM

    Love these little towns. Reminds me of other religious settlements in Pa. My hub is from a town outside Pitt. Bet he'd love the log houses. He & buddies built one for hunting yrs. ago. Good job on an interesting little pearl.

  • Maria250's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Beautiful intro, already! Looking forward to the complete.


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