Maynard House is a stately two-story Georgian-style brick home that serves as the residence of Elon University President Connie Ledoux Book. 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 used to host university receptions, dinners and meetings throughout the year. It also includes special guest accommodations for overnight stays by dignitaries and guests of President Book.
Spaces for all occasions
Maynard 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 larger groups for meals and 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 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 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 Life Trustee, 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 and through renovations in 1990 and 2018.
Many government dignitaries, scholars, media leaders and performing artists have been hosted at Maynard House by Elon University presidents. 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
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- Backup power generator