Welcome to the

Fort Harmony
Web Site

This is your information center
for the restoration project now
being undertaken in
Southern Utah

Sponsored by the
Fort Harmony Historical Society

Registered as Historic
Site #59 by the
Utah Pioneer Trails
and Landmark Association

Historical Sites of the

The Fort Harmony Story
Here in the New Harmony Valley lies the remains of one of the few protective outposts built by our courageous pioneers. The concept and plans originated with Brigham Young in 1854; the actual construction project was supervised by John D. Lee. Fort Harmony took years of volunteer labor to complete and played an historic role in the settlement of Southern Utah. Over the course of eight years, this adobe-type structure provided shelter and protection for over 300 frontier settlers.

Why was it abandoned so early, and what were the tragic events that unfolded during this critical time in Utah history? We welcome you to explore these pages and share the experiences faced by these real pioneers as they endured the hardships of remote frontier life.

The Original Old Fort Harmony site has been Located !
Located on the south end of Harmony Valley there is a beautiful bluff that looks over Ash Creek Reservoir and fertile farm land. This site closely matches the descriptions from recorded history.
Read more here

Fort Harmony and Mountain Meadows
Recently there has been some news about the Mountain Meadows and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake Tribune, 3/29/08). When news breaks about the Mountain Meadows, often people make an association between the Mountain Meadows and Fort Harmony and the John D. Lee statue. FHHS is asking people to not make that association because there lies in the remains of Fort Harmony, fragile historical information for several hundred people that lived or visited the Fort and it is the goal of the FHHS to retrieve and document this history of ALL the people. We do not want the pioneer's historical information to become mixed up with Mountain Meadows controversial issues.

For those who are interested in learning more about Southern Utah's past history, we invite you to attend our lecture series at the New Harmony Library. These are open to the general public at no cost. Check HERE for the latest schedule. When the speaker permits, we do videotape the lectures and have these available for the public at the New Harmony Library or you can purchase your own copy at our Media Store.

About our Valley
The historically correct term for our valley is Harmony Valley. Harmony Valley is about 12 miles long by 5 miles wide basically from mile marker #36 to #48 at the Kannara overpass of I-15. The Native Americans named the valley "Somato" or "the cove".

New Harmony is a town, about 2 miles square. It is very small compared to the entire valley which is about 60 miles square. It is also the mailing address of everyone in the valley. Kolob Ranches, The Ridges, Harmony Farms, Harmony Heights 1 & 2 are located in Harmony Valley, not New Harmony. As the valley develops these distinctions will become more important.

The Fort Harmony Historical Society in Action. A  recent effort was undertaken by the Society members in locating historical sites within the Harmony Valley. This group was led by Lyman and Karen Platt and the purpose was to find and to document places that indicated pioneer occupation. In all a total of 8 historic sites were identified.

Summer Archaeological Work.  HFFS has been invited to submit several proposals for funding to enhance the fort site and we are actively seeking funding for the summer archaeological work. The plan is to include several universities in Utah as well as local people to work together to complete the archaeological dig required by the State of Utah and Washington County.
Click here to view archaeological past work.

The Passing of (Ranger) Bart Anderson
Bart Anderson a well known lecturer and historian of Southern Utah passed away on March 22, 2009 in St. George, Utah. Bart has shared his knowledge of the Utah Pioneers through his colorful lectures and field trips. Bart was a main supporter of the Fort Harmony Historical Society and he volunteered his time on many occasions to help promote and support many of the Society's activities. We will miss him greatly and likely never see a person with such dedication and commitment to Southern Utah history and our pioneer heritage.

Coming Events

Now Available
Navigation in

Al Matheson

A Talk Given
on April 24

Details Here

The lectures
of 2007
are now
available on

The Civil War and
the Utah Territory

By Al Cooper

By Al Cooper

The Spanish Trail
By Al Matheson

Home Schooling
By Anne Smith

Ancient Navigation
By Al Matheson



See Photos
of Last Year

To further your history search, check the

Overland Trail
from the city
of Saints to
the city of Angels

The Paiute
Range Lands

A full report from BYU is now available on the first Excavation findings

Report of Excavations

Our New


A True
Pioneer Story
at the Fort

"Blue Willow"

is it solved?

Be a part of the Fort Harmony research team and help us
find and research those pioneers who once lived in the Fort.

Click Here
for the
Pioneer List

Visit the
New Harmony
Heritage Page

A new list
of missionaries
who had land
plots at the fort

Links to other History
in Utah
Click Here


To Contact the Society
Document Editor
Kay Daun Edwards
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