The Willard Parker Fund

Willard was the youngest of seven children of George and Mary Parker. He was the fifth generation to be born and raised on the family farm located on the Amherst-Merrimack border at Baboosic Lake.

As an adult, with his sister, Ann, he ran the Hotel Geneva, an 18-room lodge on Baboosic Lake. In winter, Willard managed the British Colonial Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas. Unfortunately, during a snowstorm in the early sixties the Hotel Geneva burned to the ground. Following the sale of the farm to a sixth generation Parker, Willard spent his remaining winters in Florida and summers in Amherst. Parker died on May 18, 1966.

His deep love of classical music inspired him to leave $1,000 in a bequest to this church to sponsor young musicians and soloists. Over the years, the fund has grown, allowing us to sponsor special music for holidays and special occasions and to purchase related items like robes for members of the Junior Choir.

We are indebted to Willard Parker and the Parker family for the generous gift which launched this fund, and we take this opportunity to ask for your help in continuing this wonderful tradition. Donations can be made at any time of the year, payable to The Congregational Church of Amherst, indicating Willard Parker Fund on the memo line.

We thank you for your generosity in helping us grow and strengthen our Music Ministries.  Donations to the Willard Parker fund can be made payable to The Congregational Church of Amherst indicating Willard Parker Fund on the memo line.  If you would like to donate online please visit our Online Giving page.