While most think of Pinehurst as an iconic golf destination, The Village of Pinehurst actually preceded the first golf course in Pinehurst. Founder James Walker Tufts originally envisioned The Village as a beautiful, healthful, New England-style village, where those suffering from respiratory and other ailments, could come to recuperate in the land of abundant sunshine and what was thought to be the medicinal qualities of the pine-scented air. Pinehurst began when Tufts purchased 600 acres for roughly $1 an acre.
Tufts wanted to create a village where people of all means could afford to visit. He knew their needs would be varied, so he decided to build an assortment of private cottages, rooming houses and hotels. By December of 1895, Tufts had built the Holly Inn and more than 25 cottages.
By 1901, The Carolina Hotel and many other cottages had been built, along with department stores, a fire department and livery stable. Eventually market gardens, a laundry, poultry and dairy farms were completed. Most of the main buildings of The Village are still in existence and can be toured today.
-Credit: Pinehurst: Golf, History, and The Good Life by Audrey Moriarity
Learn about Pinehurst’s rich history and enjoy the charm of The Village with a historic walking tour. Guests will get a flavor of village culture, the early hotels, cottages and commercial buildings that have been an integral part of Pinehurst for more than a century.
Inquire about guided and self-guided Village walking tours at the Resort Services desk. There is a also a walking tour book available for purchase in The Pinehurst Gift Shop inside the Carolina Hotel.
The Tufts Archives
Located within The Given Library, across from The Holly Inn, is the Tufts Archives, which displays the rich heritage and history of Pinehurst. On exhibit are original maps of Donald Ross’s courses, photos of The Village since 1895 and various artifacts from the founders of the Village. Visitors will also find James W. Tufts’ original marble and silver 19th century Soda Fountain machine and more than 125,000 historic images. Also on display are the original drawings of The Village by Frederick Law Olmsted.
The Tufts Archives is open to the public and free of charge, Monday through Friday, 9:30am-5:00pm, and Saturday, 9:30am-12:30pm. For information, call (910) 295-3642.
The Village Arboretum
The Village Arboretum is a 33-acre facility located near the Pinehurst Village Hall and a short walk from The Carolina Hotel. The Arboretum contains a large open lawn area, a Pergola Garden and 3 miles of natural walking trails. The Pinehurst Greenway Trail system has more than 4 miles of walking and bicycle trails and winds throughout The Village of Pinehurst. It is a great place to walk, run or bike while enjoying the North Carolina Sandhills. Ask for an Arboretum or Greenway Trail map at Resort Services.
Just a short stroll from the Carolina Hotel, Holly or Manor, you’ll find the shops and restaurants of The Village of Pinehurst. Located in the same historic buildings that framed the center of the Village a century ago are a number of unique boutiques, gift shops and dining venues to explore along with the historic village homes and cottages that line the adjacent streets. Most shops are open Monday-Saturday and dining venues have more extended hours. Visit Resort Services for a map and explore!