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 

The combined Cultural Landscape Report, Environmental Assessment, and Schematic Design will guide the treatment, use, and management of heritage resources through the in-depth documentation of the 60-acre site over time, analysis of landscape conditions, and provision of treatment recommendations. Schematic design of the preferred alternative will allow the public to envision life at the farm in 1922; enjoy gathering spaces, accessible trails, compatible parking, and interpretive exhibits; and benefit from the sustainable management of fields and woodlands.

Youngshom Homestead Landscape Character Areas  
1922 & 2017