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Property Name Moore County Hunt Lands and Mile-Away Farms
Reference Number 13000700
State North Carolina
County Moore
Town Southern Pines
Street Address 1745 North May Street (Mile-Away Farms)
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/9/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture, SOCIAL HISTORY, Conservation, ENTERTAINMENT/ RECREATION
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The Moore County Hunt Lands and Mile-Away Farms, comprising about 2,852 acres of pine-covered woodlands and the barn, kennels, residence, outbuildings, and paddock complex at the heart of a legendary horse farm, together with The Paddock Jr. and the Brewster Barn Complex, which both hold important historical associations with the principal resources, occupy an important place in the equine history of Moore County and the state of North Carolina. Together, these four resources at the northeast edge of Southern Pines embody the historic center of a semi-rural community of horse farms in an expansive landscape of fenced pastures and paddocks lining paved and sand-clay roads and drives leading to set-back houses, barns, and stables. The Moore County Hunt Lands and Mile-Away Farms hold statewide significance in the areas of conservation, recreation, and social history for their association with the history of fox-hunting in North Carolina, the development of the leading equine community in the state at Southern Pines, and as a privately-funded conservation initiative, whose origin can be traced to 1929, that is preserving thousands of acres of longleaf pine woodlands in the North Carolina Sandhills. The ca. 1948-1949 Brewster Barn holds local significance in the area of architecture as a highly developed and remarkably well-preserved horse barn that is arguably the most imposing equine-related building in Moore County. These historic properties meet National Register Criteria A, B, and C, reflecting as well the contributions ofWilliam Ozelle Moss (1902-1976) and Virginia Walthour Moss (1909-2006) to equine life and sport. The period of significance begins in 1929 with the first acquisition of woodlands for fox-hunting by The Moore County Company, continues through the creation of Mile-Away Farms by the Mosses and the relocation of the Moore County Hounds there in 1942, and carries up to 1963, by which time the Mosses had made their critical contributions to foxhunting and secured their place in the equine history of Moore County and North Carolina. Both, however, continued their association with the Moore County Hounds and their leadership roles in the equine community until their deaths. Although the equine use of the hunt lands and Mile-Away Farms continues through to the present, the post -1963 use is not of exceptional significance.


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