Local Community Highlights
The Walthour Moss Foundation
The Walthour-Moss Foundation was established upon the death of William O. "Pappy" Moss to ensure the preservation of the open land that he and Virginia Walthour Moss so treasured. The Foundation is located in the Sandhills of North Carolina, one mile from the town of Southern Pines. It occupies over 4000 acres, virtually unspoiled by progress and development.
The Foundation was originally known for its equestrian use, which continues to attract world-class riders and drivers to its sandy lanes and trails. However, the implementation of proper silva culture and ecological practices have made the Walthour-Moss Foundation a true environmental preserve. The almost extinct red-cockaded woodpecker is making a strong comeback on these protected lands. Their habitats are tagged for study and monitoring by naturalists. The land is also home to many other varieties of birds, deer, raccoons, opossums, red and grey foxes, and rare fox squirrels.
Today, the Village of Pinehurst is a scenic resort community with 17,100 residents (2018 estimate) and is the largest municipality in Moore County. The Village, including the Pinehurst Resort, is often referred to as the home of golf in the United States. It may be best known as home to Pinehurst Resort's world-renowned No. 2 golf course where unprecedented in history, both the U.S. Men’s Open and the U.S. Women’s Open Championships were played on Pinehurst No. 2 back-to-back in June 2014. No. 2 was also host to the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Men’s Open Championship, among many other golfing events and tournaments. The U.S. Men's Open will return to Pinehurst in 2024.
Pinehurst Resort, which includes the beautiful Carolina Hotel and luxurious Spa at Pinehurst, features golf courses No. 1 through 9. In 1996, the Village of Pinehurst and Pinehurst Resort was given National Landmark status for their significant role in U.S. golf history. This is the only golf-related designation of its kind in the United States. But there is a lot more to Pinehurst than just golf!
The heart of the Village is a unique array of shops and bistros that offers something for everyone. Residents and visitors alike notice and appreciate the special ambiance and natural beauty that is Pinehurst.
Southern Pines is nationally known for its equestrian activity and beautiful, expansive horse farms. At the heart of Southern Pines' "Horse Country", is the Walthour-Moss Foundation, an unspoiled preserve of almost 4,000 acres with miles of riding trails. NC State University's Equine Health Center is adjacent to the Foundation and is open to the public, offering a wide variety of equine health services.
Southern Pines also features the pristine area of Weymouth Woods, almost 900 acres of natural Sandhills terrain, including an exhibit hall where visitors can engage in interactive displays about the flora, fauna and history of the area.
The active downtown area features a myriad of picturesque shops, cafes and professional businesses, in addition to the renovated historic Train Station which also serves as a Visitors Center. Southern Pines combines a thriving commercial and industrial base with a diversity of cultural, historical and recreational offerings.
The Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities is a cultural center offering a chamber music series, lecture series and writers series, as well as a writers-in-residence program and is home to the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. Check out this video about Christmas at Weymouth!
Southern Pines offers small-town charm with cosmopolitan sophistication.
Premier Equestrian Lifestyle
The greater Moore County Community offers premier equestrian competition and activities.
Home of the Moore County Hounds, offering wonderful winter hunting season. One of the local community highlights is the blessing of the hounds, held every Thanksgiving. Over the years it has become quite an event with people having tailgate breakfasts to see off the hunt with.
Another great equestrian feature is the Carolina Horse Park which offers local, national, and international events across multiple disciplines.
How To Get Here
3000 Lakebay is within easy commute of Raliegh-Durham International Airport, which offers direct flights to multiple destinations within the U.S and Europe. Washington DC is less than an hour direct flight from RDU.
Another great option is Moore County Regional Airport which is able to support private flights directly into the community.