The municipality of Harrison is located just south of the center of Westchester County, also known as the "waist" of Westchester, New York. The hamlet of Purchase is located in the northeastern portion of Harrison, New York in Westchester County.
History And Antiquities
The following covers "History and Antiquities", a general collection of interesting facts, traditions, biographical sketches, and anecdotes about Westchester County and its towns. When reading the following, remember to keep in mind that this information has been written about two hundred years ago. Population statistics and events have not been revised to reflect current events and perspective. We think this adds to the historical flavor and interest of the writings, giving a different perspective on much of this information and written in an "older world" writing style.
"Historical Collections of the State of New York"
, Published by S. Tuttle, 194 Chatham-Square, 1841
"Harrison is 28 miles N. of New York and 3 east of White Plains. Pop. 1,139. This is a fertile township, mostly inhabited by Friends,. Harrison Purchase is a thickly settled agricultural vicinage, where is located a meeting-house and a post-office."
The hamlet of Purchase is home to both the State University of New York,
Purchase College SUNY and
Manhattanville College. Purchase College enjoys 550 acres of beautifully scenic grounds only 35 miles from New York City. Purchase was . . . "Founded by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1967 as the cultural gem of the State University of New York system. Purchase College today enjoys a world-class reputation for its arts programs and high rankings for its liberal arts and sciences programs. The College attracts students and faculty from around the world seeking a place where they can develop their talents, expand their minds, and prepare for a life of creative independence."
Harrison is also home to fine cultural attractions including the
Performing Arts Center at Purchase College offering programs of the highest caliber, and
Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College, presenting 12 changing exhibitions annually in addition to ongoing exhibitions from the permanent collections.
Enjoy a beautiful day outdoors when visiting the
Sculpture Gardens at PepsiCo. The Sculpture Gardens and the Purchase campus of SUNY are across the street from each other. Visit the sculptures and gardens and see works by Alexander Calder, Joan Miró, Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore, George Segal, Jean Dubuffet, Auguste Rodin, Max Ernst, and more artists.
If you're visiting Harrison from New York City, take the
MTA to Harrison, New York. Harrison is just22.2 miles to Grand Central Terminal in mid-town Manhattan.