Through the Youngsholm Cultural Landscape Report and Site Development Project, Quinn Evans Architects is enabling the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument to embody the story of an American hero. As a soldier, diplomat, and intellectual, Charles Young (1864-1922) overcame inequality to become a leading national figure in the years after the Civil War when the United States emerged as a world power. Not only was he the first African-American national park Superintendent, but he became the highest ranking Army officer prior to the First World War. His family’s house and farm, affectionately called “Youngsholm,” served as a refuge from service as a commander of the Buffalo Soldiers and a military attaché in the western US, Mexico, Haiti, Liberia, and Nigeria, among other posts.
While the house and field pattern remains, nearly all traces of domestic and agricultural life have disappeared over time. This presents a unique opportunity to interpret the story of the Young family through a design that reveals the historic character of the homestead, farm, and fields.
Youngsholm Homestead Historic Photos
National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center
Ohio History Connection