W. Warren & Grace Harmon House
The Harmon Museum today, former home of W. Warren & Grace Harmon. (Photo by Barbara Delage)
Harmon Museum in Old Orchard Beach, Maine has become a major tourist attraction in Maine, due to the generosity of W. Warren Harmon and his wife Grace. As philanthropic residents of the town, they were charter members of the Old Orchard Beach Historical Society which met in homes of local residents after its founding in 1954.
Realizing that storing items of historical significance to the town in residences was not in the best interest of these items, in 1974 the Harmons generously willed their home at 4 Portland Avenue to the Town of Old Orchard Beach, with the understanding that the Town fathers would allow the Historical Society the privilege of using the residence as a museum of town history, while the Town would maintain the building and the grounds.