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About Frank Daniel Simpson

Over the course of his career, Frank Daniel Simpson has combined his comprehensive knowledge of garden and landscape design with a commitment to property restoration. He stands out as the property manager of Simpson Rentals, which owns and operates four renovated historic homes. Having drawn on his background as a high-end garden designer to customize the look of each structure, Frank Daniel Simpson is now working closely with the City of Durham's Historic Preservation Commission and the Preservation Durham organization to facilitate a full renovation of his home portfolio. His commitment to service and attention to detail draws on his experience as a garden designer for his firm Morehead Hill Gardens, where he provided design, install, and maintenance functions for an elite client base. Mr. Simpson honed his skills by studying Landscape Preservation at Harvard University's Lanscape Institute in 2007-2008, where he studies the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the preservation of historic landscapes.

Mr. Simpson draws on a deep personal connection to the South; his mother’s ancestors came to South Carolina and Georgia in the 17th century, before settling in what was then the Territory of Alabama. His 2nd great grandfather, John D. Dupree, was one of the defenders of Vicksburg. His father’s forebears, descended from a branch of the Lee family of Virginia, that eventually established Leesburg, FL, include General Robert E. Lee and two signers of the Declaration of Independence. His parents moved to North Carolina as young adults. His father held a Kenan Chair in Sociology at UNC-CH and his mother was a distinguished professor of sociology at Duke. They still live in the home they built in the 1960s, where they have cultivated a camellia that will be registered with the home’s name: 'Brookview.'

Work experience

Oct 2015Present

Property Manager

Simpson Rentals
Sep 2009May 2012

Construction Manager

My Family
May 2007Jun 2008

Horticulture Associate

Mount Auburn Cemetery


Jun 2007Jun 2008


The Landscape Institute at The Arnold Arboretum (Harvard)
Aug 1986Oct 1990


UNC Chapel Hill
Sep 1982Jun 1986


Williams College