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Harrison, New York
Harrison is a town/village in Westchester County, New York, United States. The population was 24,154 at the 2000 census. The village is coterminous with the town of the same name, and has a consolidated town/village government.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 17.4 square miles (45.0 km²), of which, 16.8 square miles (43.6 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it (3.22%) is water.
The distance from Harrison Station to Grand Central Station in Midtown Manhattan is about 27 miles.
Harrison is bordered by White Plains, Rye, and Mamaroneck. The New England Thruway (I-95) runs through the town (without any interchanges) as well as the Cross Westchester Expressway (I-287) and the Hutchinson River Parkway. In addition, I-684 passes through Harrison and ends at the Cross Westchester Expressway and the Hutchinson River Parkway.
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 1830s, 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 1930s.
In 1929, the Hutchinson River Parkway was extended to Harrison.
In 2008, Fordham University opened its "Westchester" campus in West Harrison on 32 landscaped acres with a stream and pond.
Villages and areas within the town of Harrison
Purchase is a hamlet located in the northeastern portion of the town. Both the State University of New York at Purchase and Manhattanville College are located in Purchase.
West Harrison is a neighborhood in the northwest corner of Harrison, bounded by Silver Lake, the Brae Burn Golf Course, and I-287. It contains the Passidomo Veterans Memorial Park and Pool and the Leo Mintzer Center. West Harrison also contains the battle ground from Battle of White Plains from the Revolutionary War. Silver Lake is also the home of the notorious haunted road Buckout Road, where it is said to have been a home of witches, albinos and slaughters.