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Women of Weymouth


Women of Weymouth For decades, the Women of Weymouth have gathered monthly to enjoy informative programs and plan activities for the Weymouth membership in order to raise funds to care for the Boyd house. This work continues in full measure today. Annual activities of the Women of Weymouth include: Strawberry Festival is a lovely  buffet [...]

Landscape History


The History of Our Landscape By Ray Owen In 1904, Pennsylvania industrialist James Boyd purchased the land, now known as Weymouth, making it part of his Country Place Era estate. Designed over the span of 24 years by landscape architect Alfred Yeomans. Weymouth is best known as the home of writer James Boyd II, and [...]

Literary History of Weymouth


The James Boyd Literary Tradition By Stephen Smith On the evening of January 21, 1937, historical novelist James Boyd stood at his work desk in his home on Weymouth Heights, now the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, and began to write a letter to his editor, Maxwell Perkins. “Tom Wolfe just left last [...]

Boyd House Tour

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The Garden Room The Garden Room Part of the five-room Yeoman’s addition to this wing, Katharine Boyd used this room for entertaining and flower arranging.  Lovely demi-lune windows with leaded detailing bring in the southeastern sun.  A covered loggia outside the French doors echoes the arches. Literary guests staying in the house would bring folding [...]

NC Literary Hall of Fame

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The N.C. Literary Hall of Fame North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame/James Boyd Study, photo by McKenzie Photography 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 [...]

The History of Weymouth

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The History of Weymouth 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 [...]