Literature. Music. Conservation.
Photo by Becky S. Smith
The story of Weymouth is a continuous narrative of conservation, literature, music, and hospitality.
“Around Easter in 1904, a Pennsylvania industrialist and sportsman named James Boyd stepped off the train to spend the night in Southern Pines with his family. He took a carriage ride to have a look at one of the last stands of original longleaf trees. Both sportsman and naturalist, he quietly purchased 2,000 acres and set about constructing his winter home he named Weymouth, after his favorite estate in England. He had no idea the transformation he enacted.” –James Dodson (OurState Magazine)In order to preserve and protect the Boyd House and its beautiful surroundings, Friends of Weymouth was chartered as a nonprofit corporation in 1977 and purchased the home and grounds in 1979 to establish a cultural center.
Visit the Weymouth Gardens & Longleaf Pines. The Weymouth Gardens are open daily and are free to the public. Group and individual tours available upon request. Please call (910) 692-6261 for reservations.
The Boyd House is open to the public from 10 AM – 2 PM, Monday through Friday. You are welcome to stop by and enjoy a tour of this beautiful home or the Weymouth Gardens. This photo shows the original front entrance on the north side of the house.
The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame honors the state’s rich literary heritage. The Literary Hall of Fame is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 2 PM. Group and individual tours are available.
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Best known for his Revolutionary War novel Drums, James Boyd made Weymouth the seat of the Southern Literary Renaissance. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe were regular visitors. Weymouth is also home to the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.
Today, Weymouth provides opportunities for writers by offering residencies, the Cos Barnes Fellowship, an annual writing contest, plus other events throughout each year. The James Boyd Book Club meets monthly and always welcomes new members.
At its most extensive, the estate of James Boyd included over 1500 acres. While Weymouth is somewhat smaller than that today, we still invite you to tour the cultural landscape of the Weymouth gardens. The grounds of Weymouth are maintained by our Dirt Gardeners.
Our conservation efforts are also supported by your generous donations.