New Harmony

New Harmony is a town in Southwestern Indiana.


New Harmony was the site of two attempted utopian communities during the early 19th century. The first was founded in 1814 by the Harmony Society and their leader, George Rapp. In 1825, their town was bought by social philosopher Robert Owen for his communitarian experiment, continuing the work he started in New Lanark, Scotland.

Get in

New Harmony is located near the western border of Indiana and I-64. It is about 15 minutes from the interstate

Get around

You can walk everywhere in New Harmony. It's about nine blocks long.

But if you would prefer to get off your feet, the New Harmony Golf Car Company offers rentals. This is not as a strange as it sounds. Many locals seem to own them, and they are a common form of transportation in this quiet town.


Scattered throughout the town, surviving Harmonist buildings are marked with the town's historic markers. Guided tours of these historic buildings depart from the decidedly modern Atheneum.

Atheneum, designed by renowned architect Richard Meier, is an architectural landmark and serves as a visitors center for New Harmony. Tours include log cabins, Lenz House, Community Houses, Rapp Granary, depart daily. Call or check the website for times. Allow three hours. $10 Adults, $5 Children. Discounts: AAA, students, seniors.

Cathedral Labyrinth West end of North St. +1 812 682-3050. An outdoor copy of the labyrinth of Chartes Cathedral. Open daily 7AM to 11PM

Harmonist Labyrinth A 1940 reconstruction of the original hedge labyrinth grown by the harmonists on this site. Currently closed while being altered to be a true single-path labyrinth and not a hedge maze. Will be open daily.

Roofless Church

Tillich Park


Red Geranium Restaurant Award-winning, romantic and charming restaurant featuring seasonal American cuisine. Seating is available in three different dining rooms, each with a unique feel, as well as in the Grapevine Bar or on the patio. Breakfast and dinner service are available seven days a week as well as lunch service Monday through Saturday with plated brunch service on Sunday. Expect to spend $10-15 per person for breakfast or lunch and $40+ per person at dinner.

The White House

The Yellow Tavern



By phone

Most telephone numbers in New Harmony consist of +1 812 plus a seven-digit number, but a second area code (+1 930) was overlain onto the entire 812 area in September 2014. A local or in-state telephone call now requires all 10 digits of the local number be dialed (omitting just the leading +1 from a local landline call).

Signage on many established businesses may still display the original seven-digit numbers; dial 812 before these if no area code is indicated.

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