Ayr Mount is a Federal-era plantation house built in 1815 in Hillsborough, North Carolina by William Kirkland. Kirkland, named the house in honor of his birthplace, Ayr, Scotland. Unlike the other houses in the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust collection, Ayr Mount looks deceptively simple, even austere on the outside. There are no soaring columns proclaiming its classicism. On the other hand, Ayr Mount is far grander – especially in the interior – than one might expect from a first look at the exterior. The ceiling height of 14 feet is unusual for this period as is the elaborate Federal period woodwork and plasterwork found throughout the house. Ayr Mount also was the first major residence built of brick in this area of predominantly colonial era wood frame houses. At the time of its construction at the end of the War of 1812, Ayr Mount was considered one of the finest residential structure in Piedmont North Carolina. Visit this historic house.
Hillsborough itself is one of the oldest communities in North Carolina and was an important center of trade at the time of the American Revolution, serving briefly as the state capital when the then-capital of New Bern was held by the British. Hillsborough is full of charming old colonial houses, but Ayr Mount, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the crown jewel and well worth a visit.
What’s Going On at Ayr Mount.
Join us at upcoming Bicentennial events!
Reserve your tickets early for Broadwood Ayr on Saturday, September 19th – a noteworthy concert featuring virtuoso talents of pianist Keiko Sekino and soprano Andrea Edith Moore. Seating is limited for this program and tickets must be purchased in advance.
Bring family and friends to Cèilidh at Ayr on Saturday, October 24th – an exciting day of music, dancing and family activities to celebrate Ayr Mount’s Scottish history!
Thank you for joining us in celebrating Ayr Mount’s Bicentennial. Click here to see photos from the 200th Anniversary Dinner and click here for the calendar of events for this year.
Read about the archaeological digs on Ayr Mount’s property that has uncovered new findings about native villages in the area.
We are also delighted to present a new downloadable brochure about Ayr Mount. Click here to access the PDF.