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Southern Pines, NC 28387
Office Phone: (910) 692-2167
WELCOME to Weymouth Woods-Sandhills
Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve is a state park in Moore County,
North Carolina in the United States. Located near Southern Pines,
North Carolina, it covers 898 acres in the Sandhills region of the
In the mid-1700s, when Scottish Highlanders
settled in the Sandhills region, the vast forest consisted of
original growth longleaf pines that reached heights of 100 to 120
Merchants cut the forests for timber and
cultivated choice stands for use as masts for the Royal Navy ships.
Merchants also harvested resin from the longleaf pines for the naval
stores industry. Resin from longleaf pine yielded four basic
products: tar, pitch, turpentine and rosin.
By 1850, North Carolina's pine forests were
producing one-third of the world's supply of naval stores. Resin
collected from elongated, inverted V-shaped cuts in the tree trunks
was distilled into turpentine. Turpentine was used as a solvent and
illuminant. Tar, pitch and rosin were used for sealing the hulls,
decks, masts, ropes and riggings of sailing vessels.
When railroads arrived in the Sandhills in the
1870s, large-scale logging and lumbering began. As a result of
logging and naval stores operations, most of the virgin growth of
longleaf pines had disappeared from the Sandhills by 1900. Many of
the older trees that survive today bear prominent scars of this
Early in the 20th century, the grandfather of
James Boyd, a well-known North Carolina author, purchased a
substantial tract of land east of Southern Pines to save the
longleaf pines from logging. He named the estate Weymouth because
the pines reminded him of trees in Weymouth, England.
In April 1963, Boyd's widow, Katharine,
donated 403 acres of land to the state, establishing the first
natural area in the North Carolina state parks system. Additional
land has been acquired, including a satellite area of 153 acres
known as the Boyd Round Timber Tract, which was added in 1977.
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