Jennie Perry-Harper, (born in 1862; died in 1930), and her youngest son, Whick Harper, (born in 1910; died in 1981), purchased a 40-acre tract of land in Mt. Lebanon in 1927 for $400.00. The Harper family farmed the land for many years prior to acquiring the 40-acre tract. The family history of living on the land predates the 1900’s. There is a family burial site on the property; therefore, the Harper family considers this land hallowed ground. Mama Jennie’s relatives were some of the first people to live in this part of Mt. Lebanon before the Civil War.
When Whick Harper married Vida Marie Simpson in 1936, he subsequently built a home on this land. As a term of endearment, the Harper family has always referred to the home and land as the “Old Place”. The Jennie Harper Estate is still owned by the Harper descendants. The Harper and Simpson family history can be traced back to Mt. Lebanon prior to the Emancipation of slaves by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.