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New Harmony Historic District

New Harmony, Indiana
County of Posey.
Main Street between Granary and Church Streets
National Register Number: 66000006
Resource type: District.
The threat level was Satisfactory in
2008.
Congressional District: IN-8 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Many buildings open to the public..

Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 23, 1965):
Unique as the site of both religiously and secularly inspired utopian communities, New Harmony was founded by the Rappites in 1815; in 1825, the village was purchased by Robert Owen (1771-1858), who attempted to establish a happy and productive communal group here. About 35 of the original 180 Rappite buildings remain.

Condition:
Flooding has caused erosion of a creek next to the river in New Harmony. Thousands of sandbags were placed at the mouth of the creek (Summer 2008) to lessen erosion.

By the end of summer 2008, New Harmony will have a historic review commission. This commission, founded by the city of New Harmony, will have jurisdiction over exterior changes in all properties privately and publicly owned within city limits.


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