Modern world encroaching on historic Plano farm




Posted on November 14, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 1:39 PM

Haggard Farm

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PLANO — One of Plano's most enduring landmarks is about to succumb to the times.

The Plano City Council approved plans Monday night that will turn much of the 127-year-old Haggard farm into a housing development.

C.S. and Nanny Kate Haggard came to North Texas from Kentucky, looking for fertile land to establish a homestead. They found exactly what they were looking for in Plano.

The year was 1856.

"Water was important to them. Black land was important. They were truly farmers," said Rodney Haggard, great-grandson of the original owner. "That was the type of property they tried to find in this area."

Haggard grew up on the farm. He said he learned the meaning of hard work. "It was pretty much what you see from sunup to sundown," he said. "You were always doing something on the farm. You're feeding animals; you're plowing during crop season; you're working late at night."

As Plano grew, the farmland became prime real estate. Developers made the Haggards several lucrative offers to buy it, but the family wasn't interested.

That is, until now.

They're selling the northern portion of the property to a homebuilder. They vow to preserve their old farmhouse, the pasture along Park Boulevard and the livestock.

"We had problems with the coyotes killing all the sheep, so we started doing llamas," Haggard said.

The plans to develop the farm won't erase Rodney Haggard's fond memories, including herding sheep from pasture to pasture on a bicycle.

"We would have a ball riding through the middle of town stopping traffic and people," he said. "It was just an everyday part of life. They would stop and let us go through."

While the southern half of the farm will remain a farm for now, that could change. The zoning update approved by the Plano City Council could eventually allow for shopping and more homes.