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 Johann 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.
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20th century Abraham Ziegler Arthur Stewart Bernice Stamm Lewis Boyer Brenner building Burgh Butler County Butler Eagle Calvin Presbyterian Church cemetery clock congregation Connoquenessing Creek Connoquenessing Township Courtesy of Bernice Courtesy of Kathryn Courtesy of Nancy Courtesy of Ruth Delsa White Duss Edenau Evans City farm Five Families Frederick Reichert Rapp German Street Grace Reformed Church Harmony Borough Harmony Museum Harmony Society Harmony Volunteer Fire Harmony-Zelienople United Methodist Harmony's Historic Harmony volunteers Historical and Museum Hodil Hotel Ziegler interurban Iptingen Jackson Township Johann Georg Rapp Kathryn Ziegler Bauder Lancaster Township Langenbacher house left to right Lutheran Lutz Main Street Melish Mennonite Middle Lancaster mill musical Nancy Wiser opera house photograph by Ray Pittsburgh Rapp Park Rapp's Ray Thompson residents reunion Road Route 19 Ruth Werner Sapienza's Market second row Shaffer Sitler Society members Society's Spring Street stands stone U.S. Route Volunteer Fire Company Zeigler Zelienople