West Virginians have a proud and rich history, and I can prove it. My home state of Maryland has maybe a couple of songs that reference the state or Baltimore. The state song, "Maryland, My Maryland", is an out of date, pro-Confederate ditty sung to the tune of what we now know as "Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree."
But West Virginia has many songs singing the praises of the Mountain State. "West Virginia" by Hazel Dickens, "Country Roads" made popular by John Denver, "West Virginia" by They Might Be Giants, and "West Virginia Man" by David Allen Coe. There are many more songs about WV and just this abundance of musical tribute is artistic proof of West Virginia's self pride of history and heritage.
So I was surprised that Harman, West Virginia doesn't have a written history, even a small summary of its history, anywhere that I can find online or in the Pioneer Memorial Public Library.
In researching the history of Harman, West Virginia, here is what I have found:
"Asa Harman born October 31, 1834; was educated in the common schools; became a farmer and also was one of the most prominent German Baptist ministers in his state. He resided on a farm at what is now known as the town of Harman, Randolph County. W. Va., the town being named in his honor. He was one of the most prominent men in his section of the state, but met with financial reverses in the later years of his life, greatly interfering with the education of some of his children whom he had attending the university of his state. Died 1902. He married (1) Elizabeth Cooper and (2) Barbara Cooper, sisters."
This is from "Harman-Harmon: Genealogy and Biography" by John William Harman of Parsons, West Virginia, 1928.
In talking to local Harman descendents, the town of Harman was never a timber boom town like many small towns in West virginia, though they did have a train depot where the post office stands today. Harman was never a coal mining town either. Harman was founded by a farmer and minister as a farming town and the agricultural trade kept the trains of the Dry Fork Railroad full and moving.
Do you live in Harman, West Virginia or have kin from here? Please write or email what you know to the Pioneer Memorial Public Library. We could love to add it to our growing history of this charming West Virginia town in Randolph County.