Harmony Travel Guide

  • Harmony
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  • Harmony Mennonite Meetinghouse
    Harmony Mennonite Meetinghouse
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    Central Harmony
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Harmony Things to Do

  • Harmonist Society Cemetery

    We visited the Harmonist Cemetery on a cold, blowing winter's night -- creepy! What's even more unusual is that this cemetery has no headstones (well, OK... one headstone). Harmony is a small town with a unique history, and the Harmonist Cemetery is a key part of this history. The Harmonist Society, a group of communal religious pacifist...

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  • Harmony's Log Cabins

    Harmony has a number of small cabins around town. I noticed at least three, including Little Creek Cabin, which used to be a cafe (and was for sale in summer 2011). Another cabin was located right behind Grace Church. The cabins appeared to be private homes, or perhaps properties of Historic Harmony, Inc.Some of the cabins date back to the early...

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  • Harmony Museum

    The Harmony Museum stands at the main intersection of central Harmony.The museum is owned by Historic Harmony, Inc. Founded in 1943, this local organization owns and maintains eight historic properties including the Mennonite Meetinghouse, the Mennonite Cemetery, and the Harmony Society Cemetery.

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  • Harmony Mennonite Meetinghouse

    Harmony's Mennonite Meetinghouse is the oldest Mennonite meeting house west of the Alleghenies, built in 1825 next to the cemetery. About two thirds of the structure is original, and the remainder of the building was added later. The interior of the structure is laid out with a central altar and benches for the parishioners, much as it must have...

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  • Historic Harmony Mennonite Cemetery

    Historic Harmony's burial ground has been a Mennonite cemetery since the Mennonites purchased the town from the Harmonist Society of George Rapp in 1814. The earliest grave markers date from the 1810s and the newest markers are from the 1950s. Many of the stones are very worn and difficult to read. Most of those buried here have good German names...

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  • The Harmonist Cemetery

    It was a gloomy Fall day when Mom and I ventured out to visit the Harmonist Cemetery, which lies outside the small town of Harmony. This cemetery sits on a high knoll and is surrounded by a stone wall whose entrance contains a fascinating rotating gate. One good, hard push gains entrance through the revolving one-ton stone door. The public is...

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  • The Mennonite Meeting House and Cemetery

    One of the oldest Mennonite meeting houses West of the Alleghenies sits perched upon a small hill North of Harmony, Pennsylvania. Mom and I stopped here on our way home from a 'girls getaway weekend' this Fall.It had rained the evening before, so the grass was a bit mushy near the site. A low wall surrounded the cemetery, whose entrance was a...

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  • HARMONIST CEMETERY

    The Harmonists believed in equality in death as in life. When they died, they were buried in unmarked graves. Graves were only supposed to be temporary resting places anyway since Jesus was to return in the very near future, bringing with him the New Millennium. What was the point in marking a grave? As time went on and the Second Coming seemed to...

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  • RAPP’S SEAT

    Cross the bridge over Connoquenessing Creek and turn right on the first road. A short ways on the left, you come up to a path of stairs - developed by the local Boy Scouts - that takes you up to Rapp’s Seat. The forest wasn’t here then as it was the site of the Harmonist sandstone quarry, vineyard and music pavilion. Here, upon a seat carved into...

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  • GRACE CHURCH

    Established in 1809 as the meeting hall for the Harmonist Society, this is the oldest continued church in Butler County. Mennonites took over the church in 1814, using it until another German congregation moved in in 1826. The church was affiliated with the German Evangelical and Reformed Church until the local congregation withdrew from the merged...

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  • FREDERICK REICHERT RAPP HOUSE

    Frederick Riechert was one of George Rapp’s more important and devoted followers. He was instrumental in arranging for the movement of the Harmonist society to America. Adopted by George as his a son in 1805, Frederick would go on to become the Society’s business leader and public spokesman - very few other Harmonists could speak English. He would...

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  • GEORGE RAPP HOUSE

    Born in Iptigen, Germany - 25 km northwest of Stuttgart - in 1757, George Rapp inspired by pietistic theologians began gathering like-minded followers in the 1780’s. Eventually the local government came down hard on him when those numbers swelled to some 12,000 and Rapp left Germany for the ‘land of Israel’ here in western Pennsylvania. It was in...

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  • HARMONY MUSEUM

    Housed in an old Harmonist granary/warehouse that served to sell goods to outsiders, the Harmony Museum divides its exhibits between the Harmonist period and the longer subsequent Mennonite times. It is interesting to compare the architecture here to that found in Economy - the third and last Harmonist village, Bethel Missouri, and Aurora, Oregon -...

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  • The Harmony Inn

    I'm placing The Harmony Inn in this category because it's a very interesting site. Not only can you take a peek at this Italianate-style home, but enjoy a meal, too. This was once the residence of Austin Pearce, who constructed it in 1856. He not only was a railroad executive at the PNC&E Railroad, but a banker and mill operator, as well.After...

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  • The Wagner-Bentel House

    This austere looking brick home is the Wagner Bentle House, erected for two sisters and their family members. This duplex sits next door to the Harmony Museum. The interior has two stone fireplaces, but only one chimney. Upon entry you'll find a display on doctoring in the 19th and 20th centuries. Also, note the historic clock which once kept time...

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  • George Washington Was Here...

    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...

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  • The German Christmas Market and Other...

    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...

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  • Log Cabins About Town

    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 Housepic #2 A Rustic Log Housepic #3...

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Harmony Restaurants

  • Rustic Appeal

    We've visited The Log Cabin Inn for years and especially look forward to sampling the salads, where it's the restaurant's custom to top them with a heaping pile of French fries. Normally I decline this caloric treat, however, I forgot this time....probably owing to the fact we've lived out of the state for several years. In any event, the fries...

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  • Best Food in Town

    This is THE best place in town. People are usually lined up on the sidewalk to get in at lunch time. Nowhere else around can you get this much home made food for so cheap, and the wait staff is incredible. Family of 4 can eat a full meal with extras for under 20 dollars. Everything on the menu is just incredile. The home made pies are great , too.

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Harmony Shopping

  • Old Fashioned Appeal

    Otto and Gert's has real old fashioned appeal. Large glass jars filled with colorful candies, a vintage soda fountain and Christmas trees laden with sparkly ornaments add a warm touch to the shop. It was a pleasure to drop by!Each Christmas I buy our grandkids a special ornament for their tree. I found a graceful ballerina and a Santa in a hot air...

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  • Art on the Square

    We discovered Bottle Brush Gallery when we were hunting an antique shop we used to frequent. It had closed and the art gallery had assumed their space.The gallery exhibits local artists from Western Pennsylvania. Oil paintings, ceramics, art glass, photography, sculptures, textiles and jewelry are beautifully displayed in a spacious light filled...

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  • Gifts, Collectibles and Antiques

    One of my favorite stops when traveling Rt. 19 beyond Harmony is the Olde Country House. It's exactly that...an old house and barn, filled with wonderful things for your home (pic #2). Mom and I recently visited in November on the way to our "girls' getaway weekend".If your decor is country style, there's plenty to look at here! The neatly arranged...

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Harmony Favorites

  • Grace Church--On the Square

    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,...

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  • The Clock Tower--Grace Church

    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...

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  • Historic Places

    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. The quietness of Harmony and the beautiful...

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