History of Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Ohio is a special little place. You can sense it when you drive into the village and notice everyone waving to each other and stopping to talk. Everyone pitches in and works together to make things happen. Volunteers staff the library. The Mayor works all hours of the day and everyone knows where he lives. People volunteer to mow the lawns of the village buildings and if something needs repaired or replaced there is a network within the village; it just gets done with no complaining.


From the outset in 1836 Harrisburg was known as a lively village. In 1836 it held about thirty families, by 1858 the population had grown to one hundred and fifteen, by 1900 to around two hundred, and in 1908 the population was estimated at three hundred.


Named after Harrisburg, PA, Harrisburg was founded in 1836. Prior to the establishment of the village of Harrisburg a post office named Big Darby Post Office had been established on March 13, 1834, and the name was changed to Harrisburgh Post Office on February 18, 1835. The post office was for some reason, unknown at this time, discontinued or decommissioned on August 26, 1836, but quickly re-established on October 21, 1836. The spelling was officially changed to “Harrisburg” on March 30, 1893.