“The Friendly Village.”
Harrison is located on Route 117 at the northern end of Long Lake. Art and culture are very much alive in Harrison due to Deertrees Theater and Cultural Center, The Backstage Gallery at Deertrees and several other studios. Whether it’s learning to dance at The Ballroom, taking karate lessons, ice skating on Long Lake, playing at The Field of Dreams, touring Scribner’s Mill or participating in one of the recreation departments many programs for young and old, there’s always something to do in Harrison.
Special events in Harrison are Back to the Past events at Scribner’s Mill, Old Home Days activities including a children’s parade, Christmas in Harrison including The Candlelight Parade and several holiday craft fairs.
Thirty-six square miles encompass Harrison, which has a population of about 2,300 people. Like other towns and villages in the area, the population increases significantly in the summer. Clubs and organizations include Harrison Friendly Riders Snowmobile Club, Lions Club, Scouts, Masons and Eastern Star among others. Students in grades K-6 attend Harrison Elementary School before moving on to the Oxford Hills Regional Middle, High and Vocational Schools. Restaurants, tourism, summer camps, realty, marinas, excavation, construction, home businesses, retail shops and a variety of service industries form the business sector of the community.
Playgrounds: Crystal Lake Park, Field of Dreams, Harrison Elementary School*
Beaches: Crystal Lake (residents only), Long Lake
Picnic Areas: Crystal Lake, Long Lake
Boat Launches: Crystal Lake, Long Lake
FMI: www.harrisonmaine.org ; town office: 207.583.2241
*Not available during school hours.
Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center Built of hemlock in an Adirondack Style, the Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center in Harrison, first opened its doors in 1936. Today the theatre offers an eclectic schedule of events for young and old from late June until early September. Broadway stars and local would-be actors as well as world-acclaimed musicians and aspiring students have graced the stage of Deertrees Theater.