The Harmon Hotel

The Harmon Hotel (HM39J)

Location: Hagerstown, MD 21740 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 38.782', W 77° 43.203'

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The Harmon Hotel stood here, one of more than 40 properties owned by Walter Harmon (1869-1915), a local African-American businessman who amassed a fortune in real estate.

A McGaheysville, VA native, Harmon had 10 children and 20 grandchildren. Most worked here before pursuing careers in education, medicine and business. Harmon's widow, Florence Keys Harmon, a native of Williamsport, managed this property until her passing in 1953.

When segregation shut local apartment and hotel doors; the Harmon Hotel hosted back teachers, entertainers and travelers. Their most prestigious guest was Willie Mays. In June 1950 the 19 year rookie came to Hagerstown with the Trenton Giants, a New York Giants farm team, for a weekend series against the local Boston Braves farm team.
HM NumberHM39J
Placed ByEach One Teach One African American Historical Association of Western Maryland
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 7:15pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 266607 N 4392044
Decimal Degrees39.64636667, -77.72005000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 38.782', W 77° 43.203'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 38' 46.92" N, 77° 43' 12.18" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 230-238 Jonathan St, Hagerstown MD 21740, US
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