Weymouth Cultural Landscape Report Part II
A Master Plan for the Weymouth Center Grounds
The Friends of Weymouth, Inc. has launched a public survey to assess public use of the Weymouth grounds and its adjacent Longleaf Pine forest. The survey supports outreach initiatives to inform the early planning stages of the Part II Weymouth Cultural Landscape Report (CLR). The CLR will serve as a master plan for the Weymouth grounds, a nationally significant literary center, and gateway to America’s oldest Longleaf Pine forest. The planning effort is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2014.
The survey is one analysis tool employed to understand public use and perception of the Weymouth grounds. By uncovering existing use patterns, this survey will inform future programming, function, and character of Weymouth’s outdoor spaces. A member of the project’s Steering Committee, Rod Brower, whose great-aunt and great-uncle were long-time Weymouth caretakers, believes, “this survey will help Weymouth understand how people use this historic landscape, what they care about, and how welcome they feel here.” The survey will be widely distributed with the intent to reach the residents of Southern Pines, Pinehurst, and the surrounding community. Data collection for the survey began April 12, and will continue through early May.
This master plan builds on the well-supported history that was researched during the Weymouth CLR Part I. Completed in 2011 this landmark study provided a comprehensive understanding of the estate’s recognized period of historic significance spanning the years of Boyd family residency between 1904-1974. The groundswell of support for the Weymouth CLR Part I, inspired a preservation movement of sorts in Southern Pines, resulting in the adoption of The Walthour-Moss Foundation’s 2,852 acres to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013, and the recent update to the Southern Pines Historic District Design Guidelines.
Weymouth was founded in 1904 by James Boyd, Sr., whose heirs would continue to influence the culture and community of Southern Pines for over seventy years. Perhaps best known as the residence of his grandson and namesake James Boyd the author, and his wife Katharine ,who during their lifetime conserved a virgin forest, established the Hunt, and fashioned a design aesthetic and culture for the property, its encompassing community (Weymouth Heights), and the town of Southern Pines. In his 1910 description of Weymouth, Bion Butler described Weymouth’s early landscape character and accessible nature. It serves today as a good reminder of the property’s features held in-common with both its natural surrounds and its neighbors.
Little by little the entire tract is taking the appearance of a park–a natural park, for all the work that is being done is but a restoration… [Boyd] has invited the public–the townsfolk and the tourist–to share its beauties with him.
Southern Pines Tourist, 15 July 1910
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