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While the central region of North Carolina known as the Sandhills had been settled by Highland Scots since the early s, the area was at first slow to develop. The sandy soil could not produce many crops except the sprawling forests of pine trees, nor was it solid enough to allow easy travel by carriage.
With the coming of the railroad in the mid-nineteenth century, however, everything changed. Suddenly, the pine trees became a cash crop that could be easily harvested and shipped away as lumber and the people traveling through the area on the railroad between the North and Florida discovered Southern Pines as a convenient stopping point.
InJohn T. The very sandy soil that had hindered the area's development for so long was in fact one of the causes of the Sandhills' pleasant climate, which is drier and milder than the rest of the surrounding state. Patrick's dream for the town — for it to be a health resort — relied on this lovely weather.
Even though Patrick's dream was never fully realized, the health aspect was the impetus for the early development of the town. Southern Pines quickly grew into a vibrant and prosperous community and became a favorite winter resort, especially for those seeking to escape the harsh weather of the north. Two communities by the name of Southern Pines sprouted up and grew in the later 19th and early 20th centuries:.
West Southern Pines was annexed into the larger Southern Pines municipality inbringing with it a rich cultural heritage that we continue to recognize and honor today. The unified town has flourished over the years, surviving world wars, the Depression, and changing economies to become the active community it is today with a shared vision for growth and development.
The town owes much of its prosperity to the activities of the Boyd family, who resided in the town since the beginning of the 20th century. The first James Boyd, a successful businessman in the steel and railroad industry, made his home in Southern Pines and established the 1,acre Weymouth estate. In his new home, James wrote his first and most well-known novel, Drums During his time there, the Weymouth House became a social center for other great writers, including F. In fact, Weymouth Centertheir beautifully restored house and gardens, is now home to numerous cultural programs, including the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.
Visitors may tour the grounds daily and the house during limited hours on weekdays. James and his wife Katherine left a legacy in Southern Pines and Moore County that extended beyond the literary. We welcome you to visit our many historic sites around town to experience Southern Pines' history first-hand. Find more information about points of interest at the Southern Pines Welcome Centerwhich hosts a historic photo display of young Southern Pines and offers local maps and brochures.
Loading Close. Do Not Show Again Close. In. Home Living Here History. History A Sandy Beginning While the central region of North Carolina known as the Sandhills had been settled by Highland Scots since the early s, the area was at first slow to develop.
The Boyd Legacy The town owes much of its prosperity to the activities of the Boyd family, who resided in the town since the beginning of the 20th century. Arrow Left Arrow Right.Southern Pines for old women
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