In 1912, Ella Merriman-Sharp willed her 19th century home and 530-acre property to the City of Jackson. Ella’s wishes were for the city to create a park and museum. Sharp Park opened in 1919 and with the help from the Jackson Junior Welfare League, Ella Sharp Museum opened in 1965.
Today, Ella Sharp Museum showcases 11 buildings on six acres of land. Historic Farmlane includes original structures from the early 19th century and several buildings that were moved to the grounds in the late 1960s.