In 1884, John T. Patrick bought 675 acres of land for $1,265 that became the foundation for the Town of Southern Pines. Patrick's vision was for the town to be a health resort, and although his vision was never fully realized, Southern Pines did grow quickly into a vibrant and prosperous community and was a favorite winter haven, especially for those seeking to escape the harsh weather of the north. It was incorporated in 1887. Today Southern Pines is the second largest municipality in the county with a population of 13,754 (2016 estimate).
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 is also home to Pine Needles Resort & Golf Club, host to the 1996, 2001 and 2007 U.S. Women’s Open Championships. The Women's Open will return to Pine Needles in 2022, making Pine Needles the first course to host the U.S. Women's Open four times.
Major industries that are thriving in Southern Pines include:
- Ingersoll Rand
- K2 Solutions, Inc.
- Scribner Associates, Inc.
- Trident Marketing, Inc.
- EPIC Enterprises, Inc.
- Southern Software
- Longworth Industries
- TYR Tactical
Southern Pines offers small-town charm with cosmopolitan sophistication.
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|2016 Population:||13,754 estimate|
|2018 Tax Rate:||$.40 per $100 valuation|
|Town Contacts:||David McNeill, Mayor
Reagan Parsons, Town Manager
|Address:||125 SE Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387