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 !
The first Fort Harmony was constructed out of wood and was located on the south end of Harmony Valley on a beautiful bluff that looks over Ash Creek Reservoir. 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.

October 24, 2009 marked a historical event for the restoration project for Fort Harmony. The Fort Harmony Historical Society hosted a reenactment event for the public and presented a flag raising ceremony. Dr. Lyman Platt was the spoke person for the event.

At the event Edwina Jones unveiled the future plans for the Fort and the direction that the Society is now under taking. Visitors were given a tour of the Fort and then presented with a reenactment program that portrayed the early pioneers as they were given building directions from Brigham Young. The day's events concluded with the first flag raising on the new flag poles on the East side of the Fort.

Our New DVD "Exploring the Kanab Historic Sites"

The Washington County Historic Society recently hosted an interesting tour of the popular historical sites within the Kanab area. Our tour guide was Dennis Mosdell, a life long resident, the former Judge, and formerLDS Bishop of Kanab, Utah. The sites visited include the petroglyph panorama (pictured), Hidden Lake, the "Gun Smoke" movie set, Eagle Arch, Spring Cave, the Animal Sanctuary, and the Kanab Museum. This DVD contains valuable historic information and locations of these points of interest.


In the Church News, September 18, 2010
"Although roughly half of the people in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been women, their lives of faith and dedication have not received the attention they deserve," said Richard E. Turley Jr. and Brittany A. Chapman in a written prospectus announcing a forthcoming series of books titled Women of Faith in the Latter Days.

"This series aims to enhance awareness of these women through inspiration vignettes that point to wolrks dealing more fully with their lvies," the two series editiors said.
They are soliciting contributed material from anyone interested,  Prospective authors may submit a proposal by e-mail to lds.women.of.faith@gmail.com or by regular mail to 2914 Ivory Way, Taylorsville, Utah 84048.  Deseret Book will publish the seven volume series.

Fort Harmony Historical Society would like to collect histories of all the women that lived at the Fort or were a part of Harmony Valley from 1849 to 1869 and send them in to the Church for publication keeping a copy for our use.  We eventually would like to publish a CD with these stories.  Please contact L. Karen Platt @ 867-8422 by phone or email lplatt@infowest.com.  This is a great opportunity to tell our Pioneer Mother's stories most of which have not been told before.

Be a part of Fort Harmony History
For those who are looking for adventure and involvement in Utah histoy, we invite you to join our Fort Harmony Historical Society. You have an opportunity to participate in many areas of our organization. If you have expertise in history, event organization, photography, video, research, publications, facilities, or even helping out with our archelogy digs. We need you ! Come Join Us

Our Honored Pioneer... Peter Shirts
Courageous, adventurous, and a major player in the development of Southern Utah. Take a few minutes to learn more of Utah's history by reading his true story as told by our contributing biographer Lee Beatty.

Cedar City Temple Prophecy
While visiting Harmony Valley Heber C. Kimball prophesied that a wagon road would be built over the Black Ridge and a temple would be built in the vicinity: Read the full account here..

Coming Events

Now Available

"Custer's Last Stand"

"Petroglyphs of the Cedar City Area"

At the
Media Store

The lectures
of 2007-9
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

Ancient Inhabitants
of the South West

See Our



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

Read about Don Carlos Shirts
This is our newest pioneer history entry submitted by
Gary Young

Fort Harmony

by Dub Decker

A Pioneer

by Murland Packer

Fort Harmony
a Sacred Record

By Elder Marlin K. Jensen

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

A Thanksgiving


"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

Utah famous
Ghost Town
Silver Reef
only ten mile miles
Fort Harmony

The Old
Las Vegas

A talk by
Ashley J. Hall

Watch Our Video

Clean-Up Day
at the Fort

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