Harrison, New York is definitely one of the greatest places to live in the entire state. In fact, it was voted the 6th best in 2014. It may be relatively small with a population of only 28,000, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in uniqueness. Not only is a short 22 mile (35.4 km) drive from New York City, but it also contains one of the most historic golf courses in the state, state-of-the-art water park, and a monument in honor of one of the greatest women to ever live.
1. The Apawamis Club
Founded in 1880, this Golf and Country Club has been the home for many amateur and professional golf tournaments. Such events include the 1911 U.S. Amateur Championship, 1909 Yale vs. Princeton, 1912 Metropolitan Open, 1928 NCAA Princeton vs. Georgetown, 1970 U.S. Girls Junior, 1978 Curtis Cup, and 2005 Senior U.S. Women’s Amateur. The golf course measures a total of 6,741 yards (6.16 km), which makes it great practice for the more seasoned golfers. However, that doesn’t mean that non-professionals can’t have a good time on the course. People new to the sport can also practice on the driving range or state-of-the-art Golf Performance Center. In addition golf, The Apawamis Club also hosts tennis and squash tournaments that are also available to all members. Whether you’re a near professional golfer, often find your ball in the sandbar or water, or just enjoy being at one of the most historical places in the entire state, you’re going to be glad you visited The Apawamis Club.
The Apawamis Club
Address: Two Club Road, Rye, NY 10580
Contact: (914) 967 2100
Website: The Apawamis Club
2. Ron Belmont Pool Complex
Looking for some fun in the sun on a hot summer day? The Ron Belmont Pool Complex has multiple pools for people of all ages so you can let the kids loose to enjoy one pool while you relax in another. Water slides and water spouts are also there to bring some added excitement to the experience. And when the pools are no longer enough, then head over to the playground and play on the jungle gym, shoot some hoops on the basketball court, or have a family picnic. Then, after getting all hot and sweaty, jump back in the pool to cool off. You’re going to be happy to get the kids out of the house and away from technology, all while getting some great exercise, and they’re going to thank you for a fun day in the sun with their friends. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a cool pool on a sunny day.
Ron Belmont Pool Complex
Address: 9 Casarella Way, Harrison, NY 10528
Duration: Sun up to sun down
Contact: (914) 358 4333
Faebook: Ron Belmont Pool Complex
3. Greenwood Union Cemetery
One of the most historical cemeteries in New York, Greenwood Union Cemetery was established in 1837 and is 14.25 acres (5.766 hectares) in size. This cemetery is very well-maintained and picturesque, with rolling hills, streams and many trees. There are many important graves in American history included in this cemetery, such as Major League Baseball executive and pitcher, George Smith, and Eddie Eagan, one of only two people to win gold medals in both the summer and winter Olympic Games. Also, a portion of the cemetery contains graves of African Americans that fought in the American Civil War. The Greenwood Union Cemetery is a great place to visit for sports enthusiasts, Civil War buffs, and anybody who enjoys a quiet and peaceful place to spend their free time.
Greenwood Union Cemetery
Address: 215 North Street, Rye, NY 10580
Contact: (914) 967 0095
Website: Greenwood Union Cemetery
4. Hadden-Margolis House
The Hadden-Margolis House was built way back in 1750 and is now a historic home in Harrison. It has been modified once in the 19th century in the Halianate style and again in the 20th century in Colonial Revival style. It is center hall type housing covered in stucco over a wood-framed structure. Its foundation is made entirely of stone with a pitched gable roof. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. Some may look at the Hadden-Margolis House and see just any other house, but to somebody that loves historical architecture, this is more than just that. For any wood-building to survive this long is a virtual anomaly.
Address: 61 Winfield Ave. Harrison, New York 10528
5. Station Park (Amelia Earhart Memorial)
Station Park is a very small park in Harrison, New York, but it contains a beautiful memorial for one of the most influential women (and people) of all time. That, of course, is Amelia Earhart. Earhart was the first female aircraft pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and, for the accomplishment, received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross. She later planned to fly across the world but her plane would famously disappear near the Howland Island. The disappearance remains a mystery to this day. In 1932, a memorial was placed for Amelia Earhart in Station Park. The memorial is a bronze plaque with a propeller attached to it. Earhart lived in Harrison for a time while she was married to publisher George Putnam. The street that the couple lived on is now named Amelia Earhart Lane.
Address: Harrison, New York
With some of the most unique historical landmarks and places that the whole family can enjoy, its no wonder why Harrison was at one time the 6th best place to live in all of New York. Whether you’re always looking for the best golf courses in the area, a fun place to spend a hot day with the kids, or an interesting and educational artifact, you are not going to be disappointed with a trip to Harrison.
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