Harrow is a community located in the town of Essex, Essex County, Ontario, Canada.
|• Councillor||Sherry Bondy|
|• Land||2.86 km2 (1.10 sq mi)|
|• Density||895.8/km2 (2,320/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Forward sortation area|
|Area code(s)||519 and 226|
Hiram Walker, of Canadian Club Whisky fame, is credited with putting Harrow on the map. Walker built the railway, which brought grain from the south end of the county into the city for use in his distillery. The tracks remained for over 100 years, and were removed in 1992. The line became the Chrysler Canada Greenway, part of the Trans Canada Trail.
Walker's distillation operations remained in Harrow until 2009, when the Canbar, Inc. cooperage closed.
Harrow was also home to Ontario's last segregated school, which was finally closed in the 1960s.
In 1999, the town of Harrow amalgamated with the town of Essex. The government of Essex was divided into four wards consisting of six elected councillors, plus a mayor. Harrow is the fourth ward and has a single councillor in the government.
The town was home of Harrow District High School, formerly Canada's southernmost high school until it was closed in Spring 2016.
Though early settlers were mostly German, a thriving community of Portuguese came later and still remain. Today Harrow is a community situated along scenic County Road 20 that offers shops and places for antique hunters. Attractions include Colio Winery and the historic John R. Park Homestead.
Harrow has organized and hosted an annual agricultural fair every Labour Day weekend for over 150 years, and many people from Essex County and other parts of Ontario attend. Highlights of the fair include a mom calling contest, a pie auction, "bossy" bingo and a tractor pull. The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Harrow Research and Development Centre is also located in Harrow. Atlas Tube, a unit of Zekelman Industries, owned by the Zekelman family, is located on the outskirts of town.
For 2001 census:
|Population:||2,935 (+4.6% from 1996)|
|Land area:||2.75 km2|
|Population density:||1,067.3 people/km2|
|Median age:||35.6 (males: 34.2, females: 37.1)|
|Total private dwellings:||1,075|
|Mean household income:||$29,932|