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North American Sundial Society

New Harmony  

Sundial 620
State/Province:  Indiana Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Condition:  Fair
Latitude:   38° 07.8' N Longitude:   87° 56.1' W
Location:
  • Harmonist Community House 2
    420 Main Street
    New Harmony, IN
    South side of building
 
Description:
  • A historic wood and iron vertical dial 34 inches wide x 42 inches high x 1-3/4 inches thick. This original Harmonist dial was made in 1821 by the Harmonie Society, a group of Lutheran separatists from Germany who settled in the US in the early 1800's. The original dial hung on a private house; when fire destroyed the house in 1844, the dial was rescued and placed on the south wall of Community House 2, located across the street from the destroyed house. A modern replica (similar at least) now is placed on the exterior wall and the original historic dial is on display inside and can be seen on a daily tour.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: State of Indiana
  • Designer: Harmonie Society
  • Builder: Harmonie Society
  • Construction Date: 1821