Harmony Things to Do

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    George Washington Was Here...

    by VeronicaG Updated Sep 10, 2008

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    George Washington and his intrepid guide, Christopher Gist, traipsed through Butler County in 1753. It is thought his very footsteps came through this area as he made his way to Fort Le Boeuf near Lake Erie.

    His mission was to take Governor Robert Dinwiddie's message to the French demanding they withdraw from British Territory.

    A Delaware Indian village sat where Harmony is located now. Washington and Gist slept here on November 30 on their way to the fort. They also stopped here on their return trip, where they took on some French Indians to guide them to the Forks of the Ohio river. One attempted to shoot at Washington after leading him astray...thankfully he missed.

    When I was a member of our local historic society, our president worked hard to obtain a plaque marking Washington's Route in our nearby community of Cranberry Township. Now those wanting to follow in his footsteps can look for signs all throughout Butler County which show approximately where he journeyed.

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    The German Christmas Market and Other Events

    by VeronicaG Updated Sep 5, 2008

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    People look forward to the many events The Harmony Museum hosts each year. If you're a gardener, I'm sure you'd enjoy their annual Herb and Garden Fair held in the Spring. Or maybe you're adept at sewing, for if you are you might just want to attend the "Make a Quilt in a Day'" class.

    We love the candlelight tours one often finds scheduled over the Christmas holidays. The Harmony Museum opens their doors all decked for the occasion and the tour might just include a log house or two nearby. A popular dinner given at this time of year is now an anticipated part of the festivities, but reservations need be made ahead by phoning the museum.

    Tying in with the above mentioned, the annual German Christmas Market is offered in November bringing 'authentic German gift items' from Berks County, Pennsylvania.

    Some of these items are Christmas ornaments, decorative wood boxes, cuckoo clocks, Santa figures called German Belsnickles, incense burners known as smokers, decorative texts announcing births or baptisms referred to as 'fraktur' and many, many other things.

    If you come hungry you'll want to sample some German fare, which will nicely complete the picture!

    *photo borrowed from Harmony Museum website

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    Log Cabins About Town

    by VeronicaG Updated Sep 5, 2008

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    The historic district of Harmony is small enough that you can park your car and walk to the most interesting sites. These four cabins I've pictured are all within walking distance to each other. My suggestion is to start with the Harmony Museum Main & Mercer Streets, then begin your walking tour.

    pic #1 1805 Log House
    pic #2 A Rustic Log House
    pic #3 The Ziegler Log House
    pic #4 1804 Waldman House

    Some of these log structures were moved from nearby locations, others were situated in Harmony but on other streets and reassembled at their present site.

    FYI: I found this interesting. According to research, the Harmonists log homes in Harmony do not appear 'mass produced' or consistently alike as those in their second location in New Harmony, Indiana.

    1805 Log House Rustic Log House Ziegler Log House 1804 Waldman House
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    The Harmony Public School

    by VeronicaG Updated Sep 5, 2008

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    Traveling up Mercer Street going the opposite direction from the Harmony Museum and beyond Grace Church, you'll see the old 1882 Harmony Public School, which now functions as the post office building. See pic #2 for the school bell.

    I'm not sure when this particular building's use changed, but I do know that as a student I attended the newly constructed Seneca Valley High School for my 10th-12th year located beyond the historic district, in outlying farmland.

    Although I give Pittsburgh as my hometown, I actually grew up 20 miles North of the city in a community known as Cranberry Township (about 9 miles or so from Harmony). School systems were combined when Seneca Valley was completed. So this is part of my old stomping ground!

    Harmony Public School School Bell
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    A Look at The Harmonists

    by VeronicaG Updated Sep 5, 2008

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    The Harmony Museum is always a highlight when visiting this historic village. The collection of artifacts include those of Harmonite and Mennonite heritage, plus there are rooms displaying a typical Harmonite kitchen, wine cellar with interesting arched ceiling and a Victorian room.

    A local gunsmith,Charles Flowers, made 'percussion long rifles' in the 1800's from his shop a few blocks from Harmony's square. Some of his rifles were greatly detailed with silver or brass plates. Sadly, his home and shop are long gone, but it's fortuitous that some of his creations remain.

    Harmony was once a Delaware* Indian village, so Indian artifacts have been found and are on display. I remember farmers mentioning at local historical society gatherings that when they plowed their fields, many arrowheads turned up. They learned to recognize the glint from the stone as they examined their fields.

    Through the years my husband and I have joined in on some of the events held here. The museum and square come alive during those occasions. People visit from all over Pennsylvania and beyond.

    *The Delaware were also referred to as the Lenni Lenape and Shawnees

    Hours areTuesday-Sunday from 1pm-4pm. Closed on Mondays and holidays.

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