The original “Friend of Weymouth” and Literary Godfather, Sam Ragan was instrumental in the campaign to save the Boyd estate as a unique center for creative artists.
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.
The Weymouth Center stands with our Black Community, local, statewide and beyond. We denounce systemic racism and violence against Black lives. We believe diversity is essential in literature and culture and we will continue to promote, honor, and nurture the voices of our black writers, poets, playwrights, song writers and musicians. Inclusivity is important to us and we are committed to continually educating ourselves on how to better serve our community, in its full variety of humanity.
For 100 years, Weymouth has been the home of culture, writing, arts, music and conservation in the Sandhills. To help us through this unprecedented time of covid-19, we have created the Bridge Society. By becoming a Bridge Builder, you are becoming a bridge between our past and our future.
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We invite you to visit the Weymouth Gardens & Longleaf Pines. The Weymouth Gardens are maintained by our volunteer Dirt Gardeners and sustained by donations and fundraisers. The gardens are open daily and there is no charge to visit. If there are events scheduled signs will be posted. Group and individual tours will again be available following lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. Please call (910) 692-6261 for information.
The Boyd House is usually open to the public from 10 AM – 2 PM, Monday through Friday however, due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions the house is closed to visitors. Once restrictions are lifted you will again be welcome to stop by and enjoy a tour of this beautiful home or the Weymouth Gardens. This photo shows the front entrance on the west side of the house.
The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame honors the state’s rich literary heritage. After Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, the Literary Hall of Fame will again be open to the public, Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 2 PM. Group and individual tours will be available. Please call (910) 692-6261 for information.
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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.