The MacLeod Barn Abbey
The MacLeod Barn Abbey stands peaceful and serene at the edge of historic New Harmony, Indiana. Surrounded in a palette of green with a view of the Wabash River, the Barn Abbey is a place for meditation and offers solace to the mind, body and soul.
The Barn Abbey was inspired by the Very Reverend George MacLeod, a famous leader of the Iona Community in Scotland, during a meeting with New Harmony patron Jane Blaffer Owen. MacLeod’s ecumenical Christian community in Scotland sought new ways of living the Gospel.
Resolving to carry forward what she learned from MacLeod, Owen returned to New Harmony to create a similar Christian worship movement in the United States. Her goal was to build a structure at the edge of town to provide an interdenominational Christian Center to house this movement. Funds for the project were provided by the Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation. Lord MacLeod and the Reverend Dr. Elton Trueblood, a noted 20th century American Quaker author and theologian and former chaplain both to Harvard and Stanford universities, participated in the structure’s dedication in 1976. In the more than thirty years since its dedication, the Barn Abbey has fulfilled its mission by becoming a place for public and private spiritual renewal.
The Barn Abbey features two floors of bedrooms and can sleep a total of 29 people. Included on each floor are community bathrooms and showers. The blended wood used in the 1,000 square-foot meeting room and the large, adjacent dining room add a tangible presence of the structure’s history. The communal space can accommodate up to 50 people. The facility houses a kitchen that offers many of the modern conveniences needed to prepare group meals. Bed linens, bath linens, and kitchen facilities (including a coffee maker, ice machine, refrigerator, stove/oven, dishwasher, dishes, pots, pans and tableware) are provided. For an additional charge, tables and chairs can be set up to accommodate your group in the meeting room, if desired.
Sarah Campbell Blaffer Potter’s House
The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Potter’s House was built by the late Jane Blaffer Owen to honor the memory of her mother, Sarah Campbell Blaffer. The structure houses potter’s equipment and provides space for students studying ceramics and other artistic forms.
Tillich Park commemorates the renowned Paul Johannes Tillich, a German-American theologian and Christian existentialist philosopher. Tillich was one of the more influential Protestant theologians of the twentieth century. The park was dedicated on June 2, 1963, and Tillich’s ashes were interred there in 1965. Located just across North Main Street from the Roofless Church in New Harmony, Indiana, the park consists of a stand of evergreens on elevated ground surrounding a walkway. Along the walkway, there are several large stones on which are inscribed quotations from Tillich’s writings.
The James Rosati’s sculpture of Tillich’s head rises at the north end of the walkway, backed by a clearing and a large pond. Those who walk the park may ponder quotations from Tillich’s writings. The words “Man and nature belong together in their created glory – in their tragedy and in their salvation” are especially appropriate: Man representing the communitarians of New Harmony – that is, the Harmonists and the Owenites – nature representing the naturalists at New Harmony, who uncovered life secrets and earth secrets of creation. The word tragedy tells much of the New Harmony history, as of all human history, and salvation crowns the human experience as a promise consistent with Harmonist faith and Tillich’s mission.
The Community House
The Community House on North Street is headquarters for the New Harmony Artists Guild.