The Historic Sites of the New Harmony Valley
In June of 2007 a few members of the Fort Harmony Historical Society took to the old dusty trails of Harmony Valley. The purpose was to locate and identify particular places that are believed to be historical in nature to the old settlers of New Harmony and of the Old Fort Harmony.
This is part of an on-going project of the FHHS to clasify and record any site, object, or graveyard within the New Harmony Valley. In other words - we have only begun.
More details of the locations of these sites have been recorded with GPS coordinates. If you can contribute information on any of these sites we would be more than interested to hear from you.
You can contact the Society HERE
Was there ever an New Harmony airport?
Denor Pollock who lived at the old cement home recollects that he saw an airplane land directly West of the old home. "Two people exited the airplane and examined the area for awhile. They got back in and took off". This was Denor's first glimpse of an airplane this close. He estarmates that he was 11 years old at the time.
Did this plane land on a cleared runway, an old dirt road? or was it just a cleared crop fied?
These and other pieces of the puzzle we are still trying to sort out.
Exploring the Historical Sites of the Harmony Valley
The historical sites (photos 3 through 12) are located in a small mountain valley approximately 5 miles south west of Fort Harmony. These sites are located on private property and permission to enter was granted by the owner.
These sites can be reached by 4-wheel vehicles and are within short walking distances from the dirt roads.
Several families settled in this little valley of New Harmony. The families that we know about are the Smiths, and Dostalek's. There is no evidence of a graveyard, however there is a lone tombstone with no markings. This maybe one of the Dostalek's young daughters that succumbed of a sickness.
What is surprising is the apple orchard that still has a few remaining trees. There are five or six trees still growing on the old Dostalek's property. These trees are located South of Sawyer Spring (5).
The Old Wagon
A surprising find was an old horse drawn cargo wagon. It was standing in the open and unprotected from the elements. We are uncertain if this wagon was hauled in by the current land owners or if it is part of the remains from one of the valley occupants.
The home of the Dostaleks was no more than a dug-out in the side of a dirt hill, The dug-out roof has partially collapsed and the entrance is blocked by dense vegetation. A tree is presently growing in the middle of the home. The only way to gain entrance is down through the roof.
Inside the dugout are only visible pieces of furniture scattered around. There is indication that this was later used as a storage facility.
The Round House
The puzzle is the round cement foundation found on top of a null just southwest of the dugout. There have been tales of the "Round House" from old timers in the area.
On first observation it really appears that this was a place for a water tank. There are anchor hooks surrounding the foundation. These could have been tie-downs for tank support guy lines. But we are aware of personal recollections of this as being a house. Could it have been converted from a water tank to a house?
The Smith Home
The Smith home was made entirely from rocks with cement mortar and is located in a beautiful clearing north of the little valley. It is hidden from the north bound dirt road by brush and trees. It's nestled under a huge old cottonwood tree that is still growing today. The tree height is estimated to be over 80 feet and it makes a beautiful setting for an old pioneer home.
Only a few walls remain of the Smith home, the others have tumbled over and are lying on their side. The wall with the fireplace is the only one partially upright. Still present are the front and rear porch landings.
The Rock Wall
This curious wall is made from lose fitted rocks and is just a few feet off of the dirt road that ran by the Smith home. That is the dirt road that heads north from the little valley. The rock wall is located about a half mile north of the Smith home.
This wall is part of a enclosure that could be a horse or animal corral. No further information is known about the maker or the purpose.
The Cement House
A curious site with motorist traveling North on I-15 just north of the Kolob Exit is the bare cement walls of a old home just off the freeway.
The Historical Society found one of the occupants of this little home and he shared his recollections of his fun boyhood resident. "The house I was born and raised in is not his home - but it sits right on the same gound where it was" said Denor Pollock. "It was a two story wood home my Dad built in the early 1900s." The main road going South & North was the old Highway 91 which ran just East of the home. The old highway road is still there but very rough to travel on. It was the road that the site team used to access the area.
For now we'll refer to this graveyard as the "Cement House Graveyard." It is located South East of the Cement House, and on the South side of Taylor Creek Gulch. Denor Pollock said that he has no knowledge of who is burried there. It is estimated to contain five graves and is under the care of the National Park, it is inside the Zion National Park boundaries. Inspection of the grave site must be arranged through the park service.
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