Just north of Manhattan and easily accessible to the city via Metro-North railroad, the village of Harrison, New York, is a peaceful and relaxed residential community in Westchester County. The historic town’s affluent neighborhoods are home to a number of fine estates including Tudor and Colonial-style homes as well as residences that occupy significant acreage. The area also boasts convenient access to shopping and exceptional restaurants, many of which specialize in Italian cuisine. Harrison’s impressive school system offers nationally recognized programs, and the town is also the site of the State University of New York at Purchase, Manhattanville College and the Westchester campus of Fordham University. Several Fortune 500 companies have made their headquarters here, and a variety of notable individuals have lived in the town over the years including some well-known figures in sports and music.
With several private country clubs, Harrison is a golfer’s paradise. The town offers plenty of other recreational activities as well, with various parks featuring tennis and basketball courts, swimming pools, playgrounds as well a mini-zoo. Harrison hosts a popular annual Columbus Day celebration complete with a parade of marching bands joined by community organizations, live entertainment, food options and games.
The town was founded in the late 17th century by John Harrison, who was offered the land by the Siwanoy Indians, telling him they would sell as much land as he could cover riding his horse in one day. In order to claim more land, he avoided spending time crossing his horse over water, and it is locally believed that Harrison’s decision is the reason the town is landlocked. The town played an important part in the Revolutionary War, with the Battle of White Plains having been fought at Merritt’s Hill in West Harrison. The town was incorporated in 1788, and after the construction of the railroad in the mid 19th century, grew into a sought-after destination by wealthy individuals who were commuters to the city. Harrison’s historic roots are visible today in its landmarks named to the National Register of Historic Places, including Stony Hill Cemetery, the Hadden-Margolis House and the noteworthy US Post Office-Harrison.