UNIQUE PLACES SERIES

Today we take you down south a piece first to a railroad town and then a village best known for golf courses, but we don’t plan to play a round there today.

PINEHURST

DOWNTOWN HISTORIC AREA

In 1895, soda fountain mogul James Walker Tufts purchased the 6,000 acres of sandy, barren land that would become Pinehurst and its surroundings. He hired prominent landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmstead (who also designed New York City’s Central Park) to create a resort village reminiscent of a New England town. Today you can still wander through the winding streets of historic downtown Pinehurst Village to browse its many boutiques and galleries and restaurants. And there may be no better way to explore the area surrounding the Village center than the way its visitors and residents did over a century ago ­– on foot. Today, thirty-two of the original thirty-eight cottages that were built in the late 1800s line the streets of this quaint village, a National Historic Landmark. And with the help of the “Village of Pinehurst: A Historic Walking Tour” book, you can follow four carefully planned walking tours, discover details about the homes and other historic buildings, see original photos and learn about the first owners of these beautiful cottages.

THE CAROLINA – PINEHURST RESORT HOTEL

Some say you can feel the spirit of Pinehurst as you turn onto Carolina Vista Drive. This majestic century-old hotel with its sweeping verandas makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to an era when elegance defined grand hotels and resorts. When the “Queen of the South,” opened on New Year’s Day in 1901, it was the largest frame hotel in North Carolina at that time.

The main lobby of the hotel is a find in itself and the hallways of the first floor and the lower level are resplendent with photos and memorabilia that even the non-golfer will enjoy. There is also a restaurant in the hotel called the Ryder Cup Lounge. Or you can just sit on one of many of the old rocking chairs on the front porch and enjoy your beverage of choice. And for those who want a full meal service in an elegant setting you can visit the Carolina Dining Room just off the main lobby where you can get a sumptuous breakfast buffet, lunch, and an elegant dinner.

THE RESORT CLUBHOUSE

Over the past century, the Resort Clubhouse has evolved from a modest two-story structure to the expansive and iconic venue that overlooks Pinehurst’s fairways today, one whose architecture has become recognizable world-wide.  In 2013, Pinehurst completed a $3.7 million renovation to the member clubhouse, which is adjacent to the Resort Club. The renovation includes an interior redesign and dramatic architectural improvements to the East Veranda overlooking Pinehurst No. 2.

Today the Resort Clubhouse features The Deuce, a lunch destination overlooking the 18th hole of Pinehurst No. 2, and there is also the 91st Hole, a favorite place to gather after a round of golf. You can also shop for the best in Pinehurst apparel and merchandise in the Pro Shop and have a drink or snack on the veranda.

THE TUFTS ARCHIVES

The Tufts Archives preserves the unique history of Pinehurst, North Carolina from its founding in 1895 to the present and was built in 1975. Its creation was spurred by Richard S. Tufts, grandson of the founder of the village. Tufts Archives is located located in a wing of the Given Memorial Library on the Village Green in Pinehurst and is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM until 5:00 PM (9:30 AM until 12:30 PM Saturdays).

SANDHILLS HORTICULTURAL GARDENS

A short drive on the way from Pinehurst to Southern Pines takes you to the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens. In 1978 the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens became a reality with the establishment of the Ebersole Holly Garden. Over the years, additional gardens have been implemented, including the Rose Garden, the Conifer Garden, the Sir Walter Raleigh Garden, the Hillside Garden, the Fruit & Vegetable Garden, and the Desmond Native Wetland Trail Garden. Today the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens cover twenty-seven acres. They are open to the public every day of the year from dawn to sunset and offer an educational adventure to anyone with an interest in plants, nature, and design composition.

SOUTHERN PINES

DOWNTOWN HISTORIC AREA

The essence of downtown Southern Pines is embodied in its unique array of shops and unique restaurants. This streetscape includes historic buildings that-over the years-have housed an assortment of businesses providing life's necessities and pleasures in colorful and friendly style. The downtown's present vitality is linked to its historic boom in the 1920's, when it first grew rapidly as a center of commerce and resort living. One thing that distinguishes the Southern Pines downtown from that of Pinehurst is its railroad tracks that divide one side of Broad Street from the other side. The working train station was constructed by the Seaboard Airline Railway in 1898 and the station continues to serve passengers today via Amtrak.

The Welcome Center is located in an historic building adjacent to the train station and was once an integral part of the Seaboard Airline Railway property there. It hosts a historic photo display of Southern Pines and offers maps, brochures and other publications outlining many of the cultural, recreational, and business offerings available in this unique town.

THE WEYMOUTH CENTER AND THE CAMPBELL HOUSE

The historic Weymouth Center is just a few blocks from downtown Southern Pines. There you can stroll the Boyd estate which features beautiful gardens, a koi pond, and a marble fountain. There are also splendid walking trails in the meadow to the Weymouth Woods Boyd Tract on Connecticut Ave.

The gardens came into being in the early twenties when Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities was the home of James Boyd, a popular writer during the early part of the last century. The property was acquired in 1976 by the Friends of Weymouth, and the house is now used as a writers’ retreat, as well as for the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. The original gardens were restored by Elizabeth Ives (Adlai Stevenson’s sister) and Helen Greene, an active local gardener.

Directly across the street from the Weymouth Center is the Campbell House and its estate.  This beautifully landscaped property is the site of many outdoor weddings and events and is included in the annual House and Garden Tour. The park features a playground, basketball court, picnic tables, a t-ball field with bleachers, a golf practice area and acres of open space. The Train House is used for adult and youth programs and is available to reserve($).

The core of the house was part of the original Boyd home, built in 1903 on the site of the present Weymouth Center. In the early 20's, portions of the original house were moved across the street to become Jack Boyd's home.  The Boyd brothers introduced fox-hunting in the area, and after serving in World War I and II, sold the property to Major Campbell in 1946. Major Campbell had the home faced with valuable old ballast brick from Charleston, SC and created the formal landscaping of the 14 acre property. Major Campbell also built the 65' Train House, located next to Campbell House, to house his model trains. 

OTHER PINEHURST AND SOUTHERN PINES ATTRACTIONS

Weymouth Woods State Park – Choose from 1-3 mile hiking trail loops, including one that runs through a bog where you may be lucky enough to see the insectivorous purple pitcher plant! Pets must be on a leash at all times and bicycles are not allowed. 

https://www.ncparks.gov/weymouth-woods-sandhills-nature-preserve

Pinehurst Brewing Co. is located in a renovated 130 year old building formerly known as a steam plant provided power to the Village of Pinehurst at its inception in 1895

https://www.pinehurstbrewing.com/

The historic Shaw House is located on its original foundation at the crossing of the famed Revolutionary Pee Dee and Morganton Roads at the southern entrance to Southern Pines..

https://www.moorehistory.com/house_museums/shaw_house.htm