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.