Harmony, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

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The remarkable architecture in the Harmony National Historic Landmark District reflects the town's German roots. In the early 1800s, German Lutheran separatists, led by John Georg Rapp, purchased depreciation lands from a German nobleman and founded Harmony. They organized as the communal Harmony Society in 1805, pledging to live as a family until Christ's return. The industrious Harmonists prospered, traveled to Washington to confer with Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and gained international fame for their...

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The remarkable architecture in the Harmony National Historic Landmark District reflects the town's German roots. In the early 1800s, German Lutheran separatists, led by John Georg Rapp, purchased depreciation lands from a German nobleman and founded Harmony. They organized as the communal Harmony Society in 1805, pledging to live as a family until Christ's return. The industrious Harmonists prospered, traveled to Washington to confer with Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and gained international fame for their lifestyle and economic success. By 1811, they owned 9,000 acres and had constructed 130 buildings. Their main street was on the direct route from Pittsburgh to Erie during the War of 1812. Harmony's colorful past includes the Mennonite, oil boom, and electric interurban train eras. Maj. George Washington slept near here in 1753 and narrowly escaped being shot by a native guide. Among notable residents were songwriter Stephen Foster, professional baseball pitcher George "Rube" Waddell, and gunsmith Charles Flowers.

Freelance writer Shelby Miller Ruch is a former wire service and newspaper reporter. A member of Historical Harmony, she authored this project in conjunction with the historical society. Images have come from the Harmony Museum and Butler Eagle archives, photographer Ray Thompson, and community residents.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Areadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780738545387
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 5/6/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,401,912
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Freelance writer Shelby Miller Ruch is a former wire service and newspaper reporter. A member of Historic Harmony, she authored this project in conjunction with the historical society. Images have come from the Harmony Museum and Butler Eagle archives, photographer Ray Thompson, and community residents.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Native American Settlements and Washington's Trail 11

2 The Harmony Society 13

3 The Mennonites 27

4 Religion and Education 39

5 Transportation 51

6 Commerce 63

7 Civic and Social Life 79

8 Disasters and War 101

9 Traditions and Milestones 109

About Historic Harmony 127

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