Harford Bank was chartered as a national banking association in April 27, 1964 under the name of Aberdeen National Bank and opened its doors to the public in May 1964. On December 8, 1980, Aberdeen National Bank legally changed its name to Harford National Bank in order to expand into other areas of Harford County, Maryland. On July 2, 2001, Harford National Bank converted to a Maryland-chartered bank and changed its name to Harford Bank. The bank continues to grow with seven banking offices in Harford County, Maryland, and one full service branch located in Cecil County Maryland. The Bank is primarily focused on the financial needs of commercial business and retail banking individuals, as well as governmental units in Harford County, and neighboring communities.
The Bank’s formation was motivated by the acquisition of the town’s only independent bank, First National Bank of Aberdeen, by the Baltimore-based Equitable Trust Company. The general consensus of the community was a desire to maintain an independent bank in Aberdeen which was owned and operated by members of the local community that demonstrated an understanding of the area’s specific financial needs.
In 1972, the bank moved its drive-in facility to Jones Lane and, in 1974, opened its first branch, in Joppatowne. Consistent and continued growth in the Consumer Loan Department created the need for a larger facility and in the spring of 1979, the Loan Department relocated to the former site of the New Theatre, next door to the Aberdeen branch. This facility housed the Loan Department and executive offices until 2001, at which time, the Loan Department moved to the Marketplace Office. A training area and more executive offices would occupy the space previously used by the Loan Department.
The Bank’s name was changed to Harford National Bank to coincide with the opening of the new branch in Bel Air in December 1980. In 1985 a branch was opened in Havre de Grace, in 1991 a branch opened in Abingdon, and in 1999 the Bank opened its second branch in Bel Air on Marketplace Drive. In June of 2007, Harford Bank opened its seventh full service branch office in Elkton, Maryland. The most recent branch to open was at the intersection of US Rt 1 and SR 23 in Hickory in April 2011.
On July 2, 2001, Harford National Bank converted to a state charted bank and changed its name to Harford Bank. The Board of Directors decided to change the charter which meant the bank would be subjected to local regulators and would yield significant savings.
Harford Bank is an independent, locally owned and managed. Assets have grown from $500,000 in 1964 to more than $295 million in 2012. Serving as president have been Frederick J. Viele (1964-1968), R. Raymond Mitchell (1968-1981), Richard W. Wilkinson (1981-2000) and Charles H. Jacobs, Jr. (since 2000).
Harford Bank Board of Directors
as of December 31, 2012
Seated left to right: John S. Karas (Chairman of the Board), Carolyn Wilson Evans, Tony L. Bennett, Franklin J. Hajek Standing left to right: Henry S. Holloway, Charles H. Jacobs, Jr., C. Wayne Tapscott, Stephen K. Nolan, Joan A. Ryder, Talmadge E. Simons, Timothy N. Hopkins, Richard F. Foard, Jr.
Harford Bank opened its door in May 1964 and has organically grown to $296MM in assets as of December 31, 2012.
Harford Bank serves commercial and retail financial needs of the Harford and Cecil County communities.