Locally the property was called the Bean Farm,
and by some it was called Little Egypt due to it's proximity to
the Chattahoochee River.
After Florence's death, there were several
years before legalities were resolved. During this time the
house and property fell into a state of disrepair.
Thousands of contributed dollars and hours were required
to make the house habitable and the grounds attractive again.
Neighbors and friends cut ivy off the house and repaired plumbing.
Buildings were cleaned and painted. Overgrown plants were pruned
or removed. Individuals and organizations have come forward to
handle the task.
The local Chattahoochee Plantation Community
Association donated funding for the initial expensive and
extensive repairs required and has remained the primary
contributing organization. Workdays were scheduled during
which adjacent homeowners came to accomplish the work required.
A slate sidewalk was uncovered leading to the front door.
Chattahoochee Plantation Women's Club
has been a major supporter of the park, providing funds for the
construction of a permanent restroom facility, and most recently adopting
McFarlane as their charity in both 2009 and 2010, raising funds for the
restoration of the original stable where park history will be displayed for
visitors. In 2013, the club held a major fund raiser, Art For The Park,
featuring over 40 fine artists in a two day sale.
Boy Scouts from local
Boy Scout Troops cut
paths through the woods to neighboring residential areas and
built pedestrian entrances and benches. They have continued
to contribute to the park through Eagle Scout projects to enhance