Legacy Parks received a donation of beautifully forested land from Arvin and Sabra Brown of Powell, protecting 14-acres of green space off Emory Road with access to Beaver Creek. The land will be developed with community input and eventually will become a Knox County park.
The Brown family property sits directly across Emory Road from the new Powell High School Landing boat launch on Beaver Creek. Legacy Parks is helping protect and provide access to the creek by creating boat launches, adding parks and conserving land along Beaver Creek.
The Brown family has longstanding history in Powell. The Browns School House was among the earliest gathering places in Powell, built between 1820 and 1830. The school’s boarding house was located across the street and still remains on the property and later became the home where Arvin grew up and where he lives with his wife Sabra to this day. Arvin’s father, Horace Brown was a mail clerk on the L&N Railway, and he would spin tall-tales to the railroad workers about his angora frogs that grew from two pair to 2,000 by the end of a year; and would grow beautiful green hair about 3 inches long. In keeping with his old-fashioned humor, Horace Brown registered the farm with the state on Dec. 2, 1927, under the name of Angora Frog Farm.
“I want the house and land to be preserved forever and become places where young and old can be educated and inspired by watching plants grow and see historical structures close up,” said Brown. “We want the community to be able to enjoy the property as much as our family has.”
Through the years, Legacy Parks has helped other landowners preserve over 1,000 acres throughout the region and is also able to accept gifts of land to preserve it for future generations.