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Harmonist Structures

The Atheneum

Log Cabins

Lenz House & Garden

Community Houses

Rapp Granary

Other Harmonist Structures


After the Harmonists

Maximilian Expedition

Post-Harmonist Structures

Post-Communal Structures

Harmonist Society



New Harmony,

Old Economy,

Other Links

IUPUI Max Kade German American Center

Historic New Harmony's
Web site


University of Southern Indiana

New Harmony Scientists, Educators, Writers & Artists

Harmony Museum,
Harmony, PA, 1st Settlement of the Harmonie Society

Old Economy Village, 3rd Settlement of the Harmonie Society


The present day Labyrinth, located on Rt. 69 south side of town, was reconstructed between 1939-41 on the site adjacent to the original Labyrinth. It is planted in accordance with a Harmony Society plan in concentric circles of privet hedge leading to a stone temple in the center.

The Harmonists planted labyrinths at each of their three settlements (Harmonie and Old Economy in Pennsylvania and Neu Harmonie in Indiana.) The original Labyrinth in New Harmony was made of bushes, vines and flowering plants and designed as a place of contemplation and meditation for the Harmonists. The route through the maze was not an easy one. For the Harmonists it symbolized the difficult path of life to reach true harmony and perfection. In the center of the Labyrinth was a circular rough log house with a "blind door" opening to an elegant and peaceful interior. When the Harmonists sold the town in 1825 and returned to Pennsylvania, the Labyrinth fell into disrepair and eventually ceased to exist.

The site is open admission-free year round. It is one of the properties of New Harmony State Historic Site.

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Created: 21 September 1998, JAF
Supported by an Indiana Heritage Research Grant, A Joint Effort of the Indiana Humanities Council and the Indiana Historical Society
Updated: 17 November 2007, BAS
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, University Libraries
URL: http://www.ulib.iupui.edu/kade/newharmony/labyrinth.html
Comments: Ruth Reichmann, reichman@indiana.edu

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