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Butler County is just north of Pittsburgh and offers an alternate place to stay if you are visiting the city. Butler, the county seat, was settled in 1793 by John and Samuel Cunningham. The town is especially recognized as birthplace of the Jeep, built by the American Bantam Car Company in 1940.
Nearby water-based recreation areas include the Clarion and Allegheny Rivers, Moraine State Park's Lake Arthur, (great birding, by the way!), and the 300-acre Curwensville Dam. Beginning in the Spring, Butler County offers canoeing, sailing, power boating, hiking, live theatre, horseback riding, waterslides, camping, craft fairs, and flea markets, some of which feature over 400 vendors.
In the Winter, sleigh rides, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and Christmas specialty shops are just some of the adventures awaiting your arrival.
Harmony was founded by the pietist Johann Georg Rapp and his Harmony Society in 1804. George Rapp came to America from Wurttemberg, Germany in 1803 in search of land for his followers that was free from religious persecution they faced in Germany. He was searching for a place for his followers to worship, farm and put into effect Rapp's communal religious teachings. Harmony's history, particularly that of the Harmony Society, is preserved at The Harmony Museum, operated in the town by Historic Harmony, Inc.
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