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Following the Tracks for a Hundred Years: Moore County Hounds – A Centennial Celebration

“They Followed the Tracks,” an exhibition developed by Claudia Coleman and Davyd Foard Hood, opens Sunday, May 25, 2014, at the Museum of Hounds & Hunting at Morven Park, Leesburg, Va. The Members Reception is Saturday, May 24, 5-7 p.m.

While Moore County, N.C., and the towns of Pinehurst and Southern Pines prepare for the U.S. Open Golf Tournaments, the Museum of Hounds & Hunting NA, Inc., readies a new exhibit on the wonderland of sand and longleaf pines that attracted sportsmen to the sleepy southern state in the early 20th century.

In 1912, James Boyd brought foxhunting to Weymouth, his family’s Southern Pines estate, inviting friends to the pristine Sandhills for a winter retreat and sport in abundance. Foxhunting was so lively and social, more enthusiasts followed and the Moore County Hounds was established in 1914. As the hunt celebrates its centennial, the MHHNA showcases the Boyd and Moss families that loved and protected the land for 100 years.

Morven Park is located at 17263 Southern Planter Lane in Leesburg. Its museums (the Gov. Westmoreland Davis Mansion, the Winmill Carriage Museum, and the Museum of Hounds & Hunting of North America) are open for tours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through October and noon-4 p.m. from Nov. 1 through March. For more information about the exhibit, call 703-777-2414.