"Bata Belcamp" presents an important era of Harford County's past that was sparked by one of most sickening periods in world history. Bata was a Czechoslovakian shoe company, whose owners – Tomas Bata Sr.; his son, Tomas Bata Jr.; and half-brother, Jan – were smart enough in 1932 to know that Adolph Hitler's Nazi takeover of Germany was bad news for European companies. Instead of waiting around for the Nazis, the father sent the sons to the United States to find a new home. Harford County, in part because of its location in the Mid-Atlantic, was chosen. The Bata family bought 2,000 acres, built a shoe factory, added a "company store" type village and became Harford County's largest private employer.