Did You Know? The Oldest Continually Operated Harley-Davidson Dealer In The US.

ADFarrow1Columbus, Ohio A.D. Farrow Harley-Davidson holds the longevity record in the United States, selling Harleys without interruption since 1912, a total of ,ore than 101 years. Alfred D. Farrow and his wife, Lillian, opened the original Harley-Davidson dealership in Nelsonville. By 1924, they moved their operation to Columbus and took over a dealership on N. 4th Street. A year later, it moved to 844 E. Main St. Mr. Farrow died in 1927, and his wife carried on the business, moving it to its current location at 491 W. Broad St. in Franklinton in 1941.

ADFarrow2The dealership survived the Great Depression, World War II and business uncertainty at Harley-Davidson during the late 1960s and the 1970s, including an increase in foreign competition and a disastrous merger with AMF. The Farrow family sold the dealership to Al and Pat Doerman in 1983. They expanded it during their tenure, opening another location in Pataskala. In 2002, Bob Althoff bought the A.D. Farrow dealership. He opened a third location in 2007 at the Sunbury exit off I-71.

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8 Responses to “Did You Know? The Oldest Continually Operated Harley-Davidson Dealer In The US.”


  1. 1 Woody's Nov 12th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Great pics, love the dog posing on the front of the Harley powered “bobsled”. That’s a bobber I’d ride 😉

  2. 2 Kirk Perry Nov 12th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    V-Twin Mgf. Inc. – part # 51-1947 Replica Knucklehead w/ 30-degree Rake Frame are now in stock at the Missouri warehouse. Retails @ $1,782.14.

    Ted via Jennifer, told me in September, that all OEM and V-Twin parts will fit without modification.
    A total replication w/ brazed cross-members.

  3. 3 richard Nov 12th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    VERY cool! This dealership deserves recognition for surviving all these years, They must be doing something right. Congratulations to A. D. Farrow.

  4. 4 Doug Nov 13th, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Love those stories, just surprised hd didn’t drive them out of business with all their great ideas and demands.

  5. 5 Mark Pavlica Nov 13th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Hmm, Kegal Harley in Rockford claims to be the oldest they started 3/20/12. I see the word “continually”
    is used. Maybe Kegal stopped for a time.

  6. 6 Bigalyts Nov 13th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    The Oldest Dealership, must be the smartest Dealership. He who has dodged all the Corporate, HD bullshit & Corporate Mumbo Jumbo. I am sure that if you could get away with not Building a $5 Mil Showroom, probably has shown a Profit in the last 6 years.

  7. 7 Blackmax Nov 13th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Used to live in Ohio
    (Now just down the road in Ky)
    Yep, I know them & they are one of the BEST dealer H-D has ….

  8. 8 Mike Corbin.com Nov 18th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Wonderful people !

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