It started when Brecknock Township suddenly found itself the owner of a mansion, secluded on a 47-acre wooded lot off Fitterling Road in the township.
A lawyer from Oregon, executrix of the will of a man they knew little about, Philip T. Buxton, called in 2011 to say Buxton had left the township the house and land to use for a park. The only stipulation was that it be named for him and his late wife, Jane.
That came as a surprise to township officials.
“We were very happy to be the recipients of it,” said Jeffrey M. Fiant, supervisors chairman.