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.
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.
The original site of Fort Harmony is located in Southern Utah about 22 miles south of Cedar City and it is just off the I-15 Interstate Freeway.
You take Exit 42 (New Harmony Exit) and head West bound for 1.2 miles on State Road 144. Look for the paved road leading to the library and turn left there. Parking is available on the library road just 50 feet from the fort site.