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About Weymouth Center

Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities has flourished as a full-fledged cultural center since 1979, with an established Chamber Music Series, Ragan Writers Series and an Arts and Humanities Lecture Series. Our Writers-in-Residence Program offers writers an opportunity to stay at Weymouth for up to two weeks a year to pursue their work. There have been over six hundred residencies here, and many writers have said their most creative periods occurred in the tranquil, inspiring atmosphere of the Boyds’ home. The Chamber Music Series features nationally and internationally known chamber musicians and performers from the music facilities of North Carolina’s universities. Local youth are provided an opportunity to participate in the annual Moore County Writers Competition and the Youth Music Festival. The Ragan Writers Series hosts readings by a diverse group of North Carolina’s highly acclaimed writers as well as the Blumenthal Writers and Readers Series. The lecture series features a variety of subjects presented by prominent professors and educators. The Weymouth Center also enjoys a strong affiliation with area garden clubs, including the Sandhills Council of Garden Clubs.

Available as a location for private functions, Weymouth is also a favorite setting for weddings, receptions, galas, recitals and picnics.

Hours: The Boyd House is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10am – 2pm. Group tours are available. The gardens and grounds are open daily.

Rentals: Weymouth is available for private parties, receptions and special events. Call the business office (910) 692-6261 for additional information.

Location: 555 East Connecticut Avenue, across the street from the Campbell House, home of the Arts Council of Moore County, and four blocks east of Broad Street, the Southern Pines business district.

NC Literary Hall of Fame

 In ceremonies held at Weymouth Center May 18, 1996, fifteen North Carolinians were inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, honoring their contributions to the rich literary heritage of the state. The first inductees were James Boyd, Charles W. Chesnutt, Jonathan Daniels, Inglis Fletcher, Paul Green, Bernice Kelly Harris, O. Henry, George Moses Horton, Randall Jarrell, Gerald Johnson, Guy Owen, Thad Stem, Jr., Richard Walser, Manly Wade Wellman and Thomas Wolfe. Additional members may be selected annually to join this distinguished group.

The Hall of Fame is located in the Boyd Room, former study of James Boyd, with displays of plaques, pictures, books and other memorabilia. This study was once the literary gathering place that Jonathan Daniels declared “launched the Southern Literary Renaissance” in the 1920s and 30s.

The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame realizes a dream of the late Sam Ragan, Poet Laureate of North Carolina (1982-1996). It was authorized by joint resolution of the General Assembly in 1993 and formally established by a grant from the NC Department of Cultural Resources for the North Carolina Writers’ Network, an organization serving writers and readers across the state.

In the spirit of those who over the centuries have graced North Carolina with literature of such quality, beauty and power, the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame proudly honors writers who have achieved enduring stature in their devotion to their writing and to their state.

For more information, visit the North Carolina Writers’ Network at, www.nclhof.org.

The Sam Ragan Bronze
In the final months of his life, North Carolina poet laureate and legendary newspaper editor Samuel Talmadge Ragan (1915-1996) sat for sculptor Gretta Bader in his office at The Pilot in Southern Pines. A group of friends commissioned the bust and later organized a statewide campaign to purchase it for the Weymouth Center. This tribute was appropriate for a number of reasons. Ragan was instrumental in preserving Weymouth, the former home of historical novelist James Boyd and his wife Katharine, as a cultural center, and also in creating the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, which is located here. Famous for his flowing white hair, trademark bow tie, and fedora hat, Ragan was the consummate Southern Gentleman. He was for many years executive editor of the Raleigh News & Observer and a leader in many artistic , literary, and journalistic organizations. He knew the Boyds well, visited Weymouth often, and bought The Pilot from Katharine Boyd in 1969. A champion of the arts, Sam Ragan was the state’s first Secretary of Cultural Resources, first chairman of the North Carolina Arts Council, and a member of the founding commission and original board of trustees of the North Carolina School of Arts. Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. named him state poet laureate for life in 1982. His books of poetry were twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His weekly literary column, “Southern Accent,” ran for nearly fifty years in the N&O and The Pilot, promoting the careers of countless North Carolina writers. Ragan was inducted posthumously into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 1997. His bronze portrait was officially presented to the Friends of Weymouth at an unveiling celebration on September 17, 2005.

Artist’s Statement by Gretta Bader
“From the moment I encountered Sam, I sensed his intensity, the warmth of his voice and manner, the richness of his capacity to listen, his accessibility. In this sculpture, there is something in gesture, smile, and expression that convey the extraordinary man I came to know and love. My hope is that it speaks to all of us that Sam is still ready for a good conversation.”

About the Artist
Gretta Lange Bader’s work is in the National Portrait Gallery and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Her more than 30 commissions include U.S Senators J. William Fulbright, Frank Church, and Claiborne Pell. In 2002, her eight-foot statue of Fulbright was unveiled at the University of Arkansas during a celebration of his legacy of peace through education. Closer to home, her life-size bronze figure of renowned golf course designer Donald J. Ross overlooks his masterpiece, Pinehurst No. 2. A graduate of Pomona College, Bader studied art at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste Munich, the Corcoran School of Art, American University, and the Rhode Island School of Design. She has taught at The Art League School in Alexandria, chairing its Sculpture Department from 1984-1989, and has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. She is married to William B. Bader, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. They live in Alexandria, Virginia.

History

The first James Boyd, a steel and railroad magnate from Pennsylvania, came to Southern Pines around the turn of the century. He purchased twelve hundred acres and created an estate that included stables, tennis courts, gardens and a nine-hole golf course. He named it “Weymouth” because it reminded him of Weymouth in England.

His grandsons, James and Jackson, were frequent visitors. Since they were very fond of fox hunting, they founded the Moore County Hounds in 1914. After World War I they divided the original home of their grandfather.

About 1920, the Boyd’s asked their friend and former Princetonian Aymar Embury II, a renowned New York architect and the official architect for Princeton University, to build their house. He also designed many residences and buildings in this area, including Mid Pines Resort, Market Square in Pinehurst and several buildings on Northwest Broad Street in Southern Pines. James and his wife Katharine Lamont Boyd lived in the gate house until their home was completed. It was there that he wrote and Katharine typed the manuscript for his first and most famous novel, Drums, which was published in 1925. A deluxe 1928 edition was illustrated by the famous artist N. C. Wyeth.

The Boyds entertained extensively and Weymouth became the center of a very lively social life in the 1920s and 1930s, with literary friends such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Paul Green and Sherwood Anderson. Boyd became one of America’s outstanding authors of historical novels. Drums was followed by Marching On (1927), Long Hunt (1930), Roll River (1935) and Bitter Creek (1939). He also wrote poetry and short stories.

The Boyds were active in the community, supporting Moore County Hospital (now First Health) and the Southern Pines Library. They donated property to establish Penick Village. In 1941, James Boyd purchased the local newspaper and became editor of The Pilot, and when James died in 1944, Katharine assumed management until 1969 when it was sold to Sam Ragan, a well-known North Carolina journalist and poet laureate of NC. In 1963, Katharine Boyd gave a wooded tract to the state of North Carolina which became the Weymouth Woods Nature Preserve. When Katharine died in 1974, Weymouth was left to the Sandhills Community College.

James and Katharine are buried in Bethesda Cemetery near Aberdeen. They had three children: James, Jr., Daniel and Nancy.

The 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 Boyd House and remaining acreage is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and was awarded a certificate of achievement by the National Wildlife Federation in 2003.

Weymouth Center

Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities has flourished as a full-fledged cultural center since 1979, with an established Chamber Music Series, Ragan Writers Series and Arts and Humanities Lecture Series. Our Writers-in-Residence Program offers writers stays of up to two weeks a year to pursue their work. There have been over six hundred residencies here, and many writers have said their most creative periods occurred in the tranquil, inspiring atmosphere of the Boyds’ home. The Chamber Music Series features nationally and internationally known chamber musicians and performers from the music facilities of North Carolina’s universities. Local youth are provided an opportunity to participate in the Moore County Writers Competition. The Ragan Writers Series hosts readings by a diverse group of North Carolina’s highly acclaimed writers as well as the Blumenthal Writers and Readers Series. The lecture series features a variety of subjects presented by prominent professors and educators. The Weymouth Center also enjoys a strong affiliation with area garden clubs, including the Sandhills Council of Garden Clubs.

Available as a location for private functions, Weymouth is also a favorite setting for weddings, receptions, galas, recitals and picnics.

Hours: The Boyd House is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10am – 2pm. Group tours are available by calling the office (910) 692-6261. The gardens and grounds are open daily.

Rentals: Weymouth is available for private parties, receptions and special events. Call the business office (910) 692-6261 for additional information.

Location: 555 East Connecticut Avenue, across the street from the Campbell House, home of the Arts Council of Moore County, and four blocks east of Broad Street, the Southern Pines business district.