The city is serviced by the Metro-North and Amtrak railroads and Westchester County's Bee-Line bus service. Parking is available for the train at the Harrison station. Click here for a Link to "Harrison" on Metro-North's website.
Local highways include I-95, the Hutchinson River Parkway "a.k.a. the Hutch", and I-287 is not far away.
- According to a local legend, in 1695 John Harrison was given 24 hours to ride his horse around an area which would become his. Though this is up for debate, the town gets its name from him.
- The Horton Grist Mill was built, off today's Lake St. in West Harrison, sometime before the Revolutionary War.
- Merritt's Hill (on Lake St.) in West Harrison was the site of a battle during the Revolutionary War.
- On March 7, 1788, by an act of the New York State government, Harrison's Purchase became the Town of Harrison.
- During the 1830's, David Haviland settled in Harrison producing the Haviland China which he sold in his store in New York City, before returning to France.
- In 1848, the railroad began to carry passengers from Manhattan to Connecticut passing through what is downtown Harrison. Harrisonites had to flag down the train to get a ride. The station was built in 1870.
- In 1867 Benjamin Holladay purchased the land that is now Manhattanville College in Purchase. On the property is a Norman style Roman Catholic chapel built for his wife. There is also Reid castle, once called the Ophir House, before renamed for a later purchaser. The castle would host the King and Queen of Siam in the early 1930's.
- In 1929, the Hutchinson River Parkway was extended to Harrison.
- Purchase is a hamlet in the northeastern portion of the town. It contains the State University of New York at Purchase and Manhattanville College.
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