While many of the town's new arrivals had a sincere interest in making it a success, the experiment also attracted "crackpots, free-loaders, and adventurers whose presence in the town made success unlikely."24, 1825: "I doubt whether those who have been comfortable and content in their old mode of life, will find an increase of enjoyment when they come here.
How long it will require to accustom themselves to their new mode of living, I am unable to determine." By May 1825 the community had adopted the "Constitution of the Preliminary Society," which loosely outlined its expectations and government.
These structures, along with others related to the Owenite community, are included in the New Harmony Historic District.
Contemporary additions to the town include the Roofless Church and Atheneum.
Manufactured goods included cotton, flannel, and wool cloth, yarn, knit goods, tin ware, rope, beer, peach brandy, whiskey, wine, wagons, carts, plows, flour, beef, pork, butter, leather, and leather goods.
The town also served as the second headquarters of the U. Many of the town's old Harmonist buildings have been restored.It lies 15 miles (24 km) north of Mount Vernon, the county seat, and is part of the Evansville metropolitan area. Established by the Harmony Society in 1814 under the leadership of George Rapp, the town was originally known as Harmony (also called Harmonie, or New Harmony).