New Harmony got its start in the early 19th century as an experiment in utopian community, offering what were then revolutionary commodities to its residents including a free library, civic drama club, and a co-ed public school system. While the experiment ultimately ran out of funding, the ideals upon which the town were founded live on. The community is woven with the hearty fabric of tradition and small town principles. Residents of this bucolic locale also enjoy a peaceful ambiance bolstered by historic and modern architecture, a stretch of protected forests and hiking trails to the south, and the gentle flow of the Wabash River along the town's eastern edge.
While the perks of its rural aspects take center stage, those living in New Harmony are far from cut off from modern society. As part of the Evansville metropolitan area, New Harmony homeowners enjoy the commercial and economic benefits of the cultural hub of southwestern Indiana. Along the northern edge of town, Interstate 64 (an important transportation route for America's heartland) positions New Harmony on the waypoint between St. Louis and Louisville and offers connection to Interstate 69, which leads directly into Indianapolis.
What all of this adds up to is a small town lifestyle that few other places can even aspire to. If you've set your sights on New Harmony, you've chosen well, and a call to Tucker can help. Our New Harmony realtors bring a wealth of experience and community insights to your hunt for the perfect house.
Living in a town with New Harmony's long history (not to mention the economic benefits it enjoys as a popular tourist destination and neighbor to popular trade hub, Evansville) means home shoppers are presented with plenty of options. You'll find numerous styles popular throughout the decades of the 20th century as well as more recent constructions offering contemporary appeal. Depending on where you choose to buy, you could find yourself living close to town's historic center, where good neighbors and amenities are abundant, or you can choose to look further out where you can enjoy fewer people and the possibility of more acreage.
Either choice puts you in the center of a quality of life that few other rural communities can match. A Tucker realtor can help you sort through the surprisingly numerous facets of this charming housing market, narrowing down your choices, and helping you to find the house you've always dreamed of owning.
Although the town is relatively small, New Harmony is home to many commercial amenities. For stocking the kitchen with the essentials, you'll find general stores and convenience stores here, and for other needs specialty stores and service shops are found here as well. One of the best things about living in New Harmony is that it offers several quality dining establishments to enjoy a bite out. You'll also find smaller venues such as cafes where you can find the perfect cup of coffee and treat alongside barbecue joints, diners, and grills—all conveniently located near the town center.
For more options that include big box stores, national retailers, and malls, you only need to look to the nearby county seat of Evansville. With a flourishing population, Evansville serves as commercial hub for southwestern Indiana as well as nearby communities in Kentucky and Illinois. A shopping excursion to Evansville also means access to numerous specialty and crafts stores in the city's bustling downtown area located along the pristine Ohio River. This area is also particularly well known for its eclectic dining scene, which features a little bit of everything.
As a town built around its culture, finding recreational opportunities in New Harmony is never very difficult. Many of the town's original buildings from the early- and mid-19th century still stand, and many of these have been restored. This area stretches between North Street and Steam Mill Street, and Third and Arthur Streets and serves as a village museum, drawing tourists from all over the world.
To help celebrate this heritage, the town hosts a modern visitor’s center at the New Harmony's Athenaeum, which has won multiple awards for its innovative design. A number of beautifully maintained parks complement its historic appeal, and residents can enjoy a quiet walk or park or congregate for community events and festivals.
Stretching out from the southeast edge of town, Harmonie State Park offers nature lovers trails and caves to explore as well as a nature center that hosts park interpretive programs such as natural history tours and a pool. You can also rent rustic cabins along the eastern edge of town, and the Wabash River also offers plenty of fishing opportunities.
New Harmony also has a few taverns and pubs for living music, the New Harmony Theater where you can catch a performance arts show, and Harmonie Haus Cinema, an inexpensive venue to watch first-run films. This little town even boasts something very few communities of its size can match: its own opera company that resides at Thralls Opera House.
For those looking to enjoy even more recreational offerings, several local communities offer much to do including golf courses, bowling alleys, and more parks, theaters, and cinemas. A popular destination for New Harmony residents is found in Evansville, a busy cultural hub with a population over 100,000, just 25 miles away. Downtown Evansville offers a vibrant nightlife scene along the Ohio River that includes a sitting philharmonic orchestra. The city is also home to a popular zoo, museums and galleries, and several music and arts festivals held throughout the year.
Modern inns, rustic cabins, a wealth of historic architecture, and an intriguing backstory form the backdrop to a bustling tourism scene in New Harmony. That means those with hospitality and leisure experience will be well situated here. While New Harmony's in-town economy may be one-sided, it is perfectly situated to allow residents easy access to a broad range of employment options. That is because it rests just miles from Evansville, the bustling commercial and economic hub that serves a regional center for large trade in the tri-state region.
Evansville has built a reputation for economic stability supported by a diverse and vital economy. The primary industry sectors here are healthcare, finance, education, and manufacturing. However, energy, warehousing and distribution, and retail are also major sources of employment.
Homeowners with school-aged children will be able to enroll them in public education through the Metropolitan School District of North Posey County. Throughout its history schools in this system have been recipients of many Four Star awards bestowed by the Indiana Department of Education. While based out of neighboring Poseyville, the schools in this district are an easy commute no matter where you live in New Harmony, thanks to easy access via State Road 68, which directly connects the two town centers.
Primary school students attend North Elementary School where they'll receive close personal attention during their early learning years, and parents are encouraged to take part in their children's education through volunteer opportunities. North Posey Junior High School offers increased educational choices during the 7th and 8th grades with a mission statement that includes making certain that each and every student is ready to meet the challenges of high school. At North Posey High School, students complete their secondary education with the advantages of a curriculum that strikes a balance between traditional learning and progressive techniques including technology integration. At all educational levels, students will have opportunities to participate in athletic and academic clubs as well as community service.
Your Tucker realtor can help answer any question you'll have if you intend to enroll children in public school while living in New Harmony. They can also help you explore some of the area's private school options, many of which are based in nearby Evansville.