In 1884, Berlin farmer Joseph George Harrison had an idea. He was going to start generating a profit off of his hobby of growing peaches for his family. From his home on “Home Farm”, now the site of Stephen Decatur Middle and High Schools, he began J.G. Harrison Nurseries; purveyors of peach trees and other fine fruit trees. Under the careful leadership of his son Orlando, the business experienced rapid growth and development culminating in notoriety as the world?s largest grower of fruit trees and ornamental shrubbery in the 1920?s. In 1962, after experiencing declining profits and the death of the then owner, G.Hale Harrison, Harrison Nurseries closed.
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Exactly 100 years after Joseph George's idea, G.Hale's sons, Hale and John, would open Harrison's Harborwatch Restaurant and Raw Bar overlooking the Ocean City Inlet. Offering Ocean City's only authentic Raw Bar, their menu is overflowing with the freshest local seafood. The restaurant prides itself on purchasing the highest quality of hand tonged oysters from the waters surrounding Deal Island, MD and the Delaware Bay. It is these delicacies that go straight into Harborwatch?s locally famous Oyster Stew. Clams are harvested from Virginia waters and the Maryland side of the Assateague Channel.
In season, fish such as Flounder, Mahi Mahi, Swordfish and Tuna are pulled straight off the boats that dock at the Commercial Harbor in West Ocean City and served fresh the same day.
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