Hume and Hovell passed nearby in 1824. In the late 1820s, the 'Murrumburrah' was established. Its superintendent, James Kennedy, established an inn on the townsite in the late 1840s. Gold was found in the area in the 1850s.
A railway station was opened one km east of Murrumburrah on the Main Southern line in 1877 as Murrumburrah Station, but changed its name to Harden Station a year after the opening of a new station in Murrumburrah in 1879.
The first Australian Lighthorse was also founded in Harden-Murrumburrah, with the Light horse festival occurring annually. Jack Wilfred Granger was the youngest mayor of Harden, and died in June 2008.
Harden is a nice spot and well worth a good look over or an overnight stay.