In 1939 Fred and Thera Mae Harman started North Fork Cabins. They rented log cabin #2 thru Cabin #8. During the next 10 years, their family grew as they lived in Cabin #1. Their children Peggy Lou, Nancy Lee, Penny Lynn and Fred Jr were all born in the cabins. In 1949 Fred, Thera Mae and their children outgrew Cabin #1. The Harman family moved into their new home overlooking Hopeville Canyon and the cabins. Cabin #1 was booked for the first time June 1941. We still have the record book reminding us our family’s history in Cabin #1.
A Rustic West Virginia Vacation
In 1971 Penny Harman began managing operations of the cabins. The cabins were rented daily and weekly to families and fisherman. At the end of their West Virginia vacation many customers would book the same week the following year. During the next few years, the cabins underwent many major improvements. At the back of the cabin property a common use co-ed shower facility was constructed. The shower facility cut down on the number of public baths taken at the “fishing hole.” Eventually, indoor showers were constructed in each cabin, electric or gas stoves replaced antique 3 burner gas hot plates. During the winter months, “tin” stoves or a fireplace heated the cabins. In the summer months, breezes through screen porches, doors and windows cooled the cabins. Harman’s was a rustic West Virginia family vacation spot.
During the early 1980’s, daily and weekly reservations were converted to annual leases. The following families leased the cabins annually for the next 5 years: Neptune, Haugh, Phillips, Stanley, Robinson & Phares. In November 1985 the great flood of West Virginia forever changed the Harman’s property. The flood destroyed cabins, land, trees and huge rocks, which had been part of the property for 100s of years. The flood of ’85’ was devastating. We lost many acres of property and all cabins, except cabin #3. As seen today, the 1985 floodwaters would have reached the top of the block wall between Cabin #1 and Cabin #2.
In early 1987 Harman’s started rebuilding. During the spring and summer of 1987, Fred Roby (owner) and a crew constructed 4 cabins. By the end of 1987 the cabins were constructed. The Haugh, Neptune, Volmer and Robinson & Phares family vacations were being held at Harman again. For over 60 years these families have been spending their family vacations with us. If you have the pleasure of meeting one of these family members, it will be a great experience. They lived through the good times and tough times. Their family memories and stories are as much a part of the Harman’s as the mountains, rocks and winding river of Hopeville Canyon.
Beginning of Luxury Log Cabins
In October 1995 we destroyed cabin #3 by fire. It had stood for over 50 years. From October 1995 to May 1996, Fred Roby managed a log cabin construction crew building three new log cabins. All three cabins were rented their first weekend of availability. The Harman wedding party rented the cabins for their wedding. The marriage ceremony of Angelina and Todd Harman was performed on the deck overlooking the North Fork River May 18, 1996.
Hopeville Canyon Log Cabin Expansion
On September 3, 2000 owner’s Fred Roby & Todd Harman waded across the North Fork River to begin planning for an expansion into Hopeville Canyon. On the planning trip road construction, cabin layout and bridge location were discussed. After the trip, a picture of the expansion was quickly sketched to capture the dream. The Hopeville Canyon construction started the Summer of 2001 with bridge construction finished in September. Seven new luxury log cabins were delivered in November. Fred Roby and a construction crew worked thru the winter months to complete our newest luxury log cabins. The Hopeville Canyon section of Harman’s was open for customers March 2002.
As we continue to build on the dream with our Hopeville Canyon expansion, our future dreams consist of a luxury log lodge on the Hopeville Canyon overlook. While looking forward, we continue to focus on our customers who have become friends with years of great memories.
May God bless you and your family as He has blessed ours.