This is the 1840s Guest House where I spent a peaceful week in New Harmony, Indiana.
The cottage's screened-in side porch overlooks a garden and gazebo. I spent much of my time here reading, sketching, writing, and staring into space.
A shelf-top parade of teapot, sugar bowl, and creamers in the kitchen.
The cottage's sunny desk.
The living room had a working fireplace. The wall covering (I think those flowers are peonies) is not wallpaper but is a cloth material with a little padding underneath. The wooden floors creaked pleasantly - an added bonus.
The comfy four-poster bed was so high that I had to leap into it at night!
The fragrant lilac bush outside my bedroom window.
More lilacs. They were in bloom all over the village.
A view from the walking path along the banks of the Wabash River.
A friendly, folk-art woman on the lawn near the Atheneum, New Harmony's visitor's center.
A centerpiece of sculpture in one of the many quiet parks. I couldn't walk very far without coming across a pleasant place to sit and rest a spell.
The Working Men's Institute was founded in 1838 with its mission to provide useful knowledge to working men and their families. Its home here, erected in 1894, is the oldest continuously operating public library in Indiana. I stopped in to do research on identifying the flowers in the cottage's garden. The building also houses a museum, historical archive, and a rare book collection.