Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sept trip

We recently made a trip to southern IL and on the way we stopped in New Harmony, IN. I've always enjoyed seeing old cabins/houses and those below are no exception.
Doesn't that porch look inviting? I can just see myself sitting out on that porch watching it rain.

Looks like the house was divided into two sections. I didn't see any information about it and we didn't stay around to take a tour.The structure above is a warship center. I believe my wife said that she read that is was suppose to be in the shape of a rosebud that is turned upside down.
This is what the inside of the structure looked like. Those are wooded beans and were all one piece as far as I could tell and I examined them pretty closely. If you were to put a string across the ends of the beam (like a bow string) I would be the curvature was at least 8 feet over a 15 foot span. How they did that is beyond me unless they were cut from huge trees.

7 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I looked on the map to see where you all went in Southern Illinois. That area sounds fascinating... Hope we can visit there someday....

I love old log cabins also.. In that first picture, I'd put me a swing on that porch ---so that I could just 'swang' and 'swang' to my heart's content.

The divided house would be one which George would probably love.... ha ha ha

That 'thing' in the last two pictures is amazing....
Betsy

George said...

It's been years since I've been to New Harmony -- I would certainly enjoy going back some day.
I don't remember the worship center, but I was pretty young at the time and was probably more interested in the cabins.

Ginny said...

This is all extremly interesting! In reading your previous post, I have never heard of the Harmonists!! I can't figure that out, I've studied into many religions, why don't people know about this? And why would a religious community have a warship center? That structure is just amazing and imposing, so cool that you went under it and took a shot. I really want to know about the double building; you think maybe men and women? That would be why they're not around anymore, kind of like the shakers!

Tricia said...

I wonder why the house was split into 2 sections... that's strange!
Yes, I love that porch, too

Carletta said...

I'm bringing my rocker you supply the tea or lemonade and we'll sit and talk while it rains. :)
If memory serves me right these were called dogtrot houses and one side was used as the kitchen/dining area and the other sleeping/living area.
Not sure the funny structure reminds me of a rosebud but it is unique.

Rose said...

We have been there but it was a few years back....

Mary said...

I just found your blog through George's blog. Since you live in Indiana I had to check it out! I happened on this post about New Harmony...which is near where we live in Evansville. Our daughter got married in the Roofless church. Unusual place but nice for a wedding.