We are history. We are current. We are future.
Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, the former estate of author James Boyd and his wife, Katharine Lamont Boyd, links us to their rich history of conservation, literature, music, and equestrian sport, and provides a place where the creative spirit is nurtured and celebrated.
We have something for everyone, and we welcome everyone.
Celebrating 100 Years!
In 1977, Sam Ragan, NC Poet Laureate and publisher of The Pilot, along with Paul Green, Elizabeth S. (Buffie) Ives and others organized a group of colleagues to preserve and protect the Boyds’ legacy, the Boyd House and its beautiful surroundings. Friends of Weymouth,Inc. was chartered as a nonprofit corporation which purchased the home and grounds in 1979 to establish a cultural center. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities opened its doors on July 20, 1979.
Though we are born of history, we are not living in the past. We welcome new ideas, and invite conversation, just as the Boyds did 100 years ago. In this spirit, as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Boyd House, we are offering 100 programs and events throughout 2022: live music series, Humanities programs, Literary Lectures, Art Lectures, Performing Arts, Family and Youth programs, Community and Special events, and more – all raising awareness and support for our next 100 years.
The Boyd House has served as a writers’ residency for 40+ years, and is the site for meetings of the N.C. Poetry Society, literary readings, dramatic performances, musical concerts and recitals. James Boyd’s study is the home of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, established in 1993.
Gardens and Grounds
The surrounding 26-acre estate is open to the public for use as a natural preserve and park, with formal gardens designed by Alfred Yeomans, and is the gateway to the longleaf pine forest in the Boyd Tract of Weymouth Woods.