Do you love architecture? Are you interested in the stories old buildings have to tell? New Harmony has the perfect tour for you! Historic New Harmony offers a free, easy-to-access cell or smart phone tour of our town’s architecture: as you walk the town you can hear the histories of buildings marked by green, numbered plaques.
One building I suggest stopping by is Community House No. 2. This beautiful three-floor dormitory was built in 1822, using heavy timber and a nog—or peg—system in its construction. During the Harmonist period, Community House No. 2 was home to both single men and women. This community house has always been front and center in the rich and complex history of New Harmony. The structure has survived New Harmony’s changing times: it went from a peaceful living space to a center of science and education during the Owen/Maclure period. After the conclusion of the Owenite community, the building was repurposed for many endeavors, including businesses, accommodations, and even a meeting hall.
To access the tour, once you reach a building with a green plaque, simply call the number (812)817-3010. Cell phones will reach an audio menu in which the codes for individual buildings’ information can be reached, while smart phones will receive not only an audio tour, but also a text message with a link to the tour’s website which includes the list of buildings and a street map. The tour has no set end or beginning, so you can access the historical buildings in any order you wish. Some controls for the audio tour include press 1 to rewind, press 2 to pause or play, press 3 to fast forward, or press # to skip a stop.
We hope you enjoy New Harmony’s rich architectural history! Want to see inside some of the historic structures on the tour? Take Historic New Harmony’s daily guided tour. Tours start at 1 p.m. each day at the Atheneum which is located at 401 Arthur Street in New Harmony. Adult admission to the tour is $18 dollars. For more information about New Harmony happenings check out the website visitnewharmony.com!
Written by Stephanie Yurks, New Harmony State Historic Site intern.