Monday, April 12, 2010
Although short lived, New Harmony had a significant impact on Utopian communities in the early 19th century. The first Harmonists, led by Father Rapp, were a lot like the Shakers, but for whatever reasons gave up their idyllic venture after a few short years. Robert Owen bought the small town and planned to build a much bigger Utopian community, but it dissolved pretty quickly. Today you can visit the old Rappite community and its modern Atheneum, designed by Richard Meier, that preserves the history of the place. It has become a popular retreat in recent years with a great campground and very nice accommodations and restaurants.