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Maynard House

Maynard HouseMaynard House is a stately two-story Georgian-style brick home that serves as the residence of Elon University President Leo M. Lambert and his family. Located on a three-acre lot at 2423 Pineway Drive, Burlington, the 7,300-square-foot home is located two miles from the Elon campus. It overlooks the 10th hole of the Alamance Country Club, the last 18-hole golf course designed by famed architect Donald Ross. The home is a versatile facility that is used by the Lamberts to host university receptions, dinners and meetings throughout the year. It also includes special guest accommodations for overnight stays by dignitaries and guests of the Lambert family.

Spaces for all occasions

Maynard HouseMaynard House has a wide circular drive that provides easy front-door access. Guests enter the home through a warm and open foyer. The formal dining room is used for small dinners and receptions. The living room includes a fireplace, grand piano and comfortable furniture – a setting for quiet conversation and good fellowship. Toward the rear of the home, the bright and spacious sun room accommodates up to 50 people for meals and many more for stand-up receptions. It can also be configured for meeting space or small music performances or lectures. Adjacent to the sun room is a paneled den with a fireplace, which serves as the president's office and library. The first floor also includes a large kitchen, a small sitting room, an office and a guest bedroom with bath. The back yard features a wide flagstone patio and a gazebo that provide wonderful outdoor spaces for large gatherings.

One of Burlington's most beautiful homes

Maynard HouseMaynard House was given to Elon by the estate of Reid and Grace Maynard in 1988. Reid Maynard was a member of Elon's board of trustees for 35 years, and one of the most distinguished civic and business leaders in the history of Alamance County. From 1925 until his death in 1983, Mr. Maynard pioneered several hosiery mills and other businesses in the area. He served as an alderman for the City of Burlington and provided leadership for numerous local organizations. His son Jim Maynard, an Elon trustee since 1985, was instrumental in the transfer of the home to the university.

Designed by Durham, N.C., architect Archie Davis, Maynard House has remained one of the most beautiful residences in Alamance County since it was built in 1955. In 1990, Elon completed a full renovation under the guidance of Daniel S. Addison. It included the addition of the sun room and reallocation of space on the second floor.

Many of the furnishings in Maynard House are gifts from Elon alumni and friends. Throughout the home are hardwood floors, oriental rugs, unique lamps and artwork, and personal items chosen by the Lambert family.


Government dignitaries, scholars, media leaders and performing artists have been hosted at Maynard House by President and Mrs. Lambert and their predecessors, President Fred Young and his wife, Phyllis. Among them are the following:

  • President George H.W. Bush
  • British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
  • Her Majesty, Queen Noor of Jordan
  • David Gergen, presidential adviser
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian and author
  • Lech Walesa, President of Poland
  • Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel
  • The late Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan
  • John Glenn, astronaut and U.S. Senator


  • 6 bedrooms/7 baths
  • 5 telephone lines
  • Fire alarm and security system
  • Two computers with Internet access
  • Fax machine and copier
  • Backup power generator