Why I Live Here: HARRINGTON
With only a few dozen residents, Harrington, Ont., boasts no fancy restaurants or golf courses, and its hotel and post office have long since vanished. Still, for award-winning actress Seana McKenna, this quaint historic village is a sanctuary.
BY: LISA BENDALL
McKenna has appeared in well over 100 stage productions, in addition to TV, radio and film work. This May, she stars in The Matchmaker at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and, in August, she’ll take the stage again in Elektra. The 55-year-old has lived in Harrington since 1986 with her husband, director Miles Potter, and their teenage son.
Welcome to beautiful “down-town” Harrington
When Miles and I started looking at homes, this one came up 20 minutes outside of Stratford. We walked in and had such a good feeling in the house. I thought, yeah, I could live here. We’re in “downtown” Harrington, in a small 1880s village house. We only thought we’d be here for a few years, but the lure of this little village has stayed with us.
A place out of time …
Harrington is rural without the isolation. We have neighbours, and there’s the Harrington Community Club … but it’s pretty live-and-let-live. It’s a place out of time. Harrington Pond is beautiful. People tend to live here for a long time. There are a few people who have weekend homes here now. They come here for a little hit of rural.
… and an oasis for the unemployed
Bonnie Innes, a sales representative at Sutton Group First Choice Realty Ltd., has lived in this area her entire life. She
loves promoting Harrington and its surrounding communities.
“Harrington is peaceful and so pretty with farmland, and people keep their properties up beautifully. There’s a lot of history in this area. It’s central to the bigger cities, but we don’t have the pollution or noise. It’s just laid back. And taxes are reasonable.”
AT A GLANCE
Average home price
Fewer than 100 (Township of Zorra)