Last weekend, my wife and I honeymooned in the tiny town of New Harmony, Indiana. The town has a history that is unique to this state, and much of that history has been preserved to this day. Downtown is fairly typical as far as historic retail architecture goes; however, the businesses and buildings are in much better shape due to the infusion of tourist dollars. In nearly every direction from the main intersection, there is a cluster of 2-story wooden or brick houses that date back almost 200 years. The tour that we took was informative, and we toured a “singles dormitory”, where the guide mentioned how much work the Harmonists put in to details such as brick work and insulation.
The edge of town also features something somewhat unique: an actual edge of town. Sprawl is non-existent. A newer movie theater has been placed downtown on Main Street. Unlike many historic villages in America, people still live in New Harmony, and they have shown much care and pride for their town. I recommend a visit to New Harmony if you ever get the chance.