Uncovering a lost landscape presents a unique opportunity to interpret the Young family’s story and recapture the historic character of the homestead, farm, and fields.
Homestead side yard from west, Col. Young seated, ca. 1913, National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Ohio History Connection
Charles Young (1864-1922) overcame inequality to become a leading national figure in the years after the Civil War. 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,” was developed into a pleasant refuge from service as a commander of the Buffalo Soldiers and a military attaché throughout North America, Africa, and East Asia. His legacy endures as a point of pride for the local community fostering numerous partnerships with the new National Monument.
The planning and design project includes restoration and rehabilitation recommendations for interpretation of the 1922 homestead, compatible gathering spaces, wayside exhibits, parking, and the sustainable management of fields and woodlands. Landscape documentation and recommendations were carefully coordinated with historic architecture and archaeology. Youngsholm will serve as a nexus for understanding the role of the Buffalo Soldiers in American history and evoke the life of its influential leader.