Hwy 401, Old Wire Rd. & Sallie McNair Rd., Wagram
Grounds are always open. Call for visitation information.
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The little loves and sorrows are my song:
The leafy lanes and birthsteads of my sires,
Where memory broods by winter’s evening fires
O’er oft-told joys, and ghosts of ancient wrong
Those lines, written by North Carolina poet-laureate John Charles McNeill (1874-1907), could have been penned about his home. A Scotland County native and grandson of Scottish immigrants, McNeill attended Wake Forest College and gained fame there as a poet while he studied law. Only one volume of McNeill’s work, Songs Happy and Sad, was published before he died prematurely at age 33.
McNeill’s beautifully restored home, which was moved to its current site in 1960, yields insights into the life of the poet who was awarded North Carolina’s highest literary award, the Patterson Cup. The Cup was presented by President Theodore Roosevelt.
Currently, the home serves as the visitor center for the Richmond Temperance and Literary Society’s Temperance Hall as it graces the grounds. Tours of the John McNeill House are available by appointment.