Grace Church--On the Square
Favorite thing: Directly across from the Harmony Museum, stately Grace Church overlooks the square. It's appearance is somewhat interrupted by phone or electric lines, but one can clearly see it dominates the main street at 339 Mercer.
Grace Church's roots go way back to the original settlers of Harmony, German immigrants who came to America with Georg Rapp, forming a religious group known as the Harmonites.
The original meetinghouse of the community was erected in 1808. The property was sold to Mennonites when the group moved out of state to create New Harmony, Indiana.
Church history reports "a German Evangelical and Reformed congregation was organized by subsequent immigrants in Harmony in 1826 using the meetinghouse built by the Harmonists".
As the congregation grew, this present sanctuary was erected in 1929 and the meetinghouse was pressed into service as a Sunday School building. Grace Church chose to become an independent church in 1969 and split from the German Evangelical and Reformed denomination when it joined the United Church of Christ.
FYI: Services times are 8:00am and 10:45 am with Sunday School meeting at 9:30 am.
Should you want to learn more about Grace Church, see www.gcoh.org/about/history/htm
- Historical Travel
The Clock Tower--Grace Church
Favorite thing: Grace Church's clock tower stretches to the sky, having marked time for decades. I think it's a very pleasing addition to the edifice.
As you probably know, clock towers were an important element to business and farming beginning in the 18th century. Most courthouses had them in order to issue standard time since many people did not own clocks of their own. Now it's a wonderful tradition!
This clock tower was given in memory of Thomas P. Ott (August 18, 1888-January 9, 1946) by his brother, George. I thought the dedication plaque was worth citing:
'A constant reminder to use wisely the time and talents entrusted to us by Almighty God'.
A wise saying we can all live by.
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: The coolest place in Harmony, PA is the old Harmony Inn...it is a historic landmark, still functioning bar and restaurant. It is said to be haunted, and you can read all about it while you are there. You can also take a tour of the place when you are done eating. Very different atomosphere and great food.
Fondest memory: The quietness of Harmony and the beautiful area.