The village of Harrison, New York was actually purchased twice. According to local folklore, the Native Americans who originally lived in the area didn't understand that they were selling the land. The concept was new to them, because they believed land was not something that you could own. However, feldspar -- which is the naturally-occurring mineral used to make fine china -- had been discovered in the area. It was an indispensable commodity that made the region attractive to settlers.
Modern-day Harrison is touted as a great place to live and work. In 2014, Harrison was voted the sixth best place to live in the state of New York, and the number one place for small business. It's also located just over 20 miles from Manhattan, making it convenient for commuters and those looking to visit the Big Apple.
Harrison isn't just a great place for humans to live, but it's also pawfect for pets! When the local chapter of the Eagle Scouts needed a project, the city's recreation department suggested putting in a dog park -- Harrison Dog Park. This was a huge success. It brought all the residents and their fur babies to one central location to play and socialize. If you want to visit, all you have to do is check in at city hall to get a key card. You have to show proof of vaccinations, but it is well worth it to have a safe, off-leash place to play.