The 2.5 acres, which will become a part of Key Park, was the old homeplace of Mr. and Mrs. Luther C. and Willett Harlan Parker, who built the original two-story white frame house on the property in the early 1900’s.
The old house was torn down in 1963, after Mr. Parker died on October 5th of that year, and his daughter, Mrs. Mary Judith Parker Reagan, built the recently demolished stone house a few months later. Mrs. Willett lived there with her daughter until her death on November 10th, 1976. Mary Judith passed away on April 8th, 2003.
After Mary Judith’s death, her two sons, Keith and Mike Reagan, donated 1.2 acres of land they had inherited from their mother, to the City of Lafayette to extend Key Park.
“It’s taken us almost a month to get the house down, and we’ve removed some of the trees and trimmed back the others,” said Mayor J.Y. Carter. “We saved all the old stone, which we have stored at the water plant, to build a beautiful new Church Street entrance to Key Park.”
“We have been trying to decide just exactly what we want to do,” continued Mayor Carter, “and we hope to eventually put in several RV hookups on the northwest corner, along with a picnic table at each site. There is no shortage of entertainment at the park and we think this would be beneficial to people who visit Macon County to attend such events as Hillbilly Day.”
“It’s out of the way, yet close to water, sewer, electricity and of course town. After all the stumps and branches are removed, we plan to disk and sow grass, which should have a pretty good stand by summer.”
“Key Park is certainly a dream come true for Macon Countians,” said Mayor Carter, “it’s the jewel in a crown. Who has something this nice right off the Public Square, nobody. We certainly owe a large debt of gratitude to Virginia Key Beasley and her vision of a beautiful park for her beloved hometown.”