Welcome to the District Harrison

Eat, Shop, Play

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The District was created in 2017 with the mission of revitalizing Harrison's historic downtown buildings and creating a community gathering place to foster community pride and spirit. Through new business growth and special events, The District is restoring the beauty of these historical buildings and quickly becoming a local destination to Eat, Shop, and Play, with many locally-owned, small businesses.

District Events

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Food Truck Rally

August 7, 2021

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Taste of Harrison

September 11, 2021

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Music on the Avenue

October 9, 2021

District Area Fun Facts

Fun Fact #1

The original 4 blocks of downtown were plotted in 1810 and centered on the intersection of Market (now Harrison Ave) and Walnut Streets

Fun Fact #2

Below The District streets, there’s an underground tunnel system that once connected some buildings in downtown Harrison with the Whitewater River. The tunnels were used in earlier times to bring in supplies and other products from the Whitewater River. The tunnels may also have been used as part of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. Supposedly all of the tunnels have all been closed up and stoned shut...stop by Market Street Grille to learn more.

Fun Fact #3

During the Civil War, Confederate raiders under the leadership of General John Hunt Morgan (Morgan’s Raiders), swept through the town in July 1863. They entered Ohio from Indiana, taking horses and other loot and subsequently burned the suspension bridge at the end of Main Street (now State Street) after crossing it

Fun Fact #4

Legend has it that the Great Bambino once passed through downtown Harrison having stopped at the corner of Harrison Ave and State Street. Former Mayor Neil Platt was a relatively young man at the time, having breakfast at Lambros Diner. It was the postwar era of WWII in the mid 1940's and Neil Platt was leaving Lambros Diner (commonly called "the Greek's") located on the corner of State Street and Harrison Avenue. Neil said he stepped out of the diner onto the sidewalk and looked up and the only thing he saw was a shiny new convertible with the top down. In the passenger's seat sat Babe Ruth. He was wearing a hat, tipped it to Neil and smiled as they drove by slowly rounded the corner and headed down State Street.