|Harmony Inn, Harmony, Pa. (Julianne G. Crane)|
|RVer Jimmy Smith of Oregon (center) having lunch. (Julianne G. Crane)|
Originally built in 1856 as an Italianate-style mansion for a prominent banker and mill operator, the present-day Harmony Inn had operated as a hotel and saloon since the late 1800s. Owners in 1985 turned "the rough and tumble of the saloon" into "one of the first craft beer bars" in Butler County.
|Numerous craft beers and ciders. (Julianne G. Crane)|
In addition to a staggering selection of craft beers and ciders, the popular restaurant and saloon features a mouth-watering German-inspired lunch and dinner menu.
Haunting of Harmony Inn
|Upstairs haunting area of the Harmony Inn, (Julianne G. Crane)|
|Staircase (Julianne G. Crane)|
National Landmark District
Harmony Borough sits about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh where early Native American trails crossed. It is written that in 1753, a young George Washington and wilderness guide Christopher Gist camped on the north bank of Connoquenessing Creek near a Delaware Indian village (site of Harmony). Washington's mission sparked the French and Indian War. "Nearby, the war’s first shot was fired at Washington by a 'French Indian'."
In 1804, the Harmony Society of German Lutheran Separatists settled in the area seeking religious freedom. They quickly became 19th century America’s most successful communal group. This quaint settlement of brick and log buildings retains the old world architectural character of an German village and includes more than 50 structures in the National Landmark District.
|Historic Harmony (Julianne G. Crane)|
The Harmony Inn
230 Mercer St
Harmony, PA 16037
Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - Midnight
Sunday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
*Kitchen closes one hour before bar
- Text and photos: Julianne G. Crane
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