The Foundation of WCC's Arts and Humanities Lecture - Wayne Community College | Goldsboro, NC

The Foundation of WCC’s Arts and Humanities Lecture

Moffatt Auditorium | March 11, 2024 5:30 pm

Paul Saylors is set to give a lecture titled “George Washington’s Mount Vernon: An Introspection into the Preservation of Museum Houses and Gardens.” Saylors will delve into the history of Washington’s architectural and horticultural legacy at Mount Vernon and how his legacy conforms to modern preservation standards and irregularities.

After studying horticulture at North Carolina State University, Saylors attended the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. With a BA in Historic Preservation and Community Planning and minor in Art History, he began his career in the preservation industry at the Preservation Society of Charleston, the first/oldest preservation organization in America founded in 1920. He continued his career in horticultural preservation by restoring the Emily Whaley Garden in Charleston, the most visited private garden in America. He is also a graduate of The Historic Landscape Institute of UVA, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello class of 2015, and The Attingham Trust of England class of 2018, studying English architecture, collections, gardens, and social history.

He has since moved back to his hometown of Goldsboro and has contributed to the Wayne County Public Library’s events through online lectures with topics such as NC/Goldsboro women who changed the world (Ruth Whitehead Whaley, Gertrude Weil, Dorothy Cotton), NC’s first garden club, and an attempt to establish a local black business district. He is an avid member of the Southern Garden History Society and a former board member of the GDGC.

This event is free and open to the public to attend.

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