Present-day Harlan originally consisted of two communities: Harlan and Maysville, a community that faded from existence when a post office was built in Harlan around 1900. Harlan continued to thrive throughout the last century, and today it is a vibrant community that provides a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
Our realtors can show you any of the homes that are currently available. Because the town has a long history, many architectural styles can be found here. We have years of experience in the real estate business, and we can help you find the home that is right for you. Give us a call to schedule an appointment at a time that is convenient for you.
Harlan is located at the intersection of Antwerp Road and State Road 37, approximately 15 miles northeast of Fort Wayne and seven miles west of the Ohio state line. Harlan is nestled in the heart of northeast Indiana's Amish country. The Amish symbolize two qualities that can be found throughout the area: old-fashioned values and hard work. You’ll like the friendly people who call Harlan home, just as you’ll like the trim, well-kept houses and lawns that line the streets of the town. We invite you to become a part of the Harlan community. We can help you make your search for a home easy and problem-free.
Allen County is a fun place to go antiquing. Harlan Haus Antiques is proud to be a small town "Mom & Pop" independently owned and operated antiques and collectibles shop that has a variety of items from past decades. The Country Shops Flea Market & Antiques showcases 150 vendors inside a historic building in Grabill. Fort Wayne is home to Stollers Antique Mall and Nature’s Corner Antique Mall as well as several unique antique shops. Fort Wayne is also home to three malls: Glenbrook Square, Jefferson Pointe, and Pontiac Mall, all of which offer many specialty stores, entertainment venues, and restaurants.
There are other restaurants in the Harlan area. The selection includes everything from classic American diners to barbecue and steakhouses, and Fort Wayne has pretty much any ethnic flavor you would want to try. No matter what your taste or budget is, there is something here to enjoy when you’ve got an appetite.
The Harlan Community Park is a fun spot for picnics, play, and relaxing in the shade on hot days. The park is the site of Harlan Days, a community festival featuring a rodeo, a car show, rides, live entertainment, and a lot of mouth-watering food. Residents can also enjoy several state parks located nearby. Ouabache State Park offers hiking and biking trails and a nature center. Chain O’ Lakes is a scenic recreation area with nine lakes, hiking trails, and also includes a nature center.
There is plenty of indoor fun in Allen County, too. The History Center is an interactive museum that highlights the history of Allen County from Little Turtle and Anthony Wayne to inventions that originated in the area. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art focuses on American art. Science Central is an ex-power plant turned interactive museum for science, math, and technology learning. The African/African-American Historical Society Museum features exhibits on African history and local African-American history. The Embassy Theatre is a performing arts theater in Fort Wayne that was built in 1928 as a movie palace, and today it’s the home of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra. The Fort Wayne Civic Center hosts many concerts and plays.
Almost half of those who work are employed in the manufacturing industry. This industry tends to work together with the other industries that are common in the Harlan area: construction, agriculture, and retail trade. There are numerous companies near Harlan, both large and small, as well as throughout Allen County. Lutheran Hospital of Indiana and Parkview Hospital, both located in Fort Wayne, bring more jobs to the area. With so many businesses that specialize in different fields, there are many professional, technical, and skilled blue-collar jobs available.
Harlan Cabinets, producer of fine custom cabinets, uses qualities found in old world craftsmanship, a fact that can’t be argued since a third of the company’s workforce is Amish or Mennonite. You’ll find there are plenty of crafts jobs in this community because of its proud cultural traditions. However, if you have a job that depends on modern technology, there are plenty of technology-based industry here. The area is always hiring in a variety of fields.
East Allen County School Corporation has K-12 campuses at Heritage and Woodlan Junior/Senior High Schools. Parents should expect the curriculum and instruction to be rigorous and incorporate all four levels of Depth Of Knowledge, which are recall and reproduction, skills and concepts, strategic thinking and reasoning, and extended thinking. The school district recognizes these four levels and provides instruction so that children develop the skills required to complete tasks at these levels. Classroom instruction is enhanced with technology-based resources, and each student is given an iPad as well as links to online educational resources. Instruction is also geared toward each student’s learning needs so that optimum learning occurs.