Site Attractions

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Site Attractions 2019-02-19T16:02:29-05:00

Most buildings are available to view on tour. A printable site map is available for download.

Store and Post Office
Built in 1826, the Economy Store and Post Office were housed in this building. Here non-members could buy Harmonist produced goods; post and pick up mail, or sell items from their own farms. The store also carried goods from around the country and abroad, such as sugar, tea, dishes, and glassware. Building #9 on the printable site map.

 


Baker House, Garden and Family Shed
Storekeeper R. L. Baker, his mother, and sister lived here. Following George Rapp’s death, Baker, Jonathan Lenz, and Jacob Henrici led the Society and maintained their business ventures. The Baker House is a typical Harmonist dwelling. Every household had its own garden, even though food was provided by the Society. The shed was vital to the household as a food storage area, tool and wood shed, chicken coop, cow stall, root cellar, and outhouse. Buildings #10 & 11 on the printable site map.


Water Pump
Pumps were located on Economy’s streets in various locations. Water was distributed through wooden pipes from a spring on the hill east of town. This pump is a reproduction, plumbed to the city water supply. Visitors are invited to experience wash day at Old Economy. (The water is not potable.) Building #12 on the printable site map.

 


Bake Oven
By 1828, each street block had a bake oven. Later, a more efficient, common oven was shared by neighbors. By 1870, a central bakery, located near the present greenhouse, provided all the bread for the Society. The present oven was built in 1974 for demonstrations. Building #13 on the printable site map.