Millford turns 175 years!

Two events this September and October to celebrate Millford’s Anniversary   Music at Millford Sunday, September 18, 2016 An notable string trio from the Los Angeles Philharmonic will present an exclusive program at Millford this September. Robert deMaine, Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is both the Artistic Director and a performer in this year’s concert. Robert will be playing with Nathan Cole, First Associate Concertmaster, and Ben Ullery, Assistant Principal Viola. The concert program will include an original composition created for the occasion of Millford’s anniversary, by Robert deMaine. In addition, there will be a pre-concert lecture by Peter Kenny, …more

HHT – 2016 Founders Award

Historic House Trust 2016 Founders Award Dinner June 14, 2016 6:30 – 11:00 PM The Metropolitan Club New York, NY We are excited to announce the Historic House Trust will honor CAHPT Co-President Margize Howell at their 2016 Founders Award Dinner. The theme of the dinner — Revolution! Starts at Home — pays tribute to the 240th anniversary of our country’s 1776 fight for independence and brings into question the effect of historic, cultural, and social events on all of HHT’s homes.  The event will support all 23 houses and will feature those in the Borough of Manhattan. Please join us …more

Fakes, Forgeries & Reproductions

Saturday, July 23, 2016 Join us for this special day-long seminar presented by Charles F. Hummel, and sponsored by Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and Leland Little Auctions for the benefit of Ayr Mount. Charles F. Hummel is Curator Emeritus and Adjunct Professor, Winterthur Museum & Garden and Author of With Hammer in Hand: The Dominy Craftsmen of East Hampton, NY. This mini-course includes two illustrated lectures on the subject of fakes, forgeries, and reproductions of decorative arts made or used in America. The morning lecture provides and overview of the subject by examining examples of ceramics, ironware, pewter, prints, …more

Wunsch Award 2016

We are very pleased to share the news that Classical American Homes’ own Peter Kenny, Co-President, and Morrie Heckscher, Emeritus Chairman of the American Wing, are the honorees of the 2016 Wunsch Award. Christie’s hosted the fourth annual Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts on January 20th, 2016 at their Rockefeller Center Galleries. This year the award honors Morrison H. Heckscher and Peter M. Kenny for their dedication and contributions towards preserving American Decorative Arts. Heckscher and Kenny are recognized for “the expansion and modernization of the American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. They oversaw renovations to the American …more

An Anniversary to Remember

Reflections on Ayr Mount’s Bicentennial “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes” was the theme for Ayr Mount’s bicentennial year – which in Scottish Gaelic is “CEUD MÌLE FÀILTE”. The house, built in 1815, by William Kirkland, merchant and family patriarch, was named after his birthplace of Ayr, Scotland. Throughout the year of 2015, we honored Kirkland’s roots as well the historic house and extensive grounds that make Ayr Mount a unique place to visit. The celebratory calendar was full of music, dancing, dining, learning, sharing, socializing, and just a whole lot of fun! The opening event for this banner year was the Earth Day …more

Music at Millford 2015

We are grateful to have seen many of you at our fourth annual Music at Millford, on September 13, which proved once again to be a great success. The concert was attended by 115 guests – essentially, a full house – with many returning friends and many new ones as well. Everyone enjoyed Millford’s historic setting and the talents of three virtuoso musicians. The weather was perfect, unseasonably mild, and was a great complement to the picnic lunch. Another new feature of the event this year was a special lecture by CAHPT Co-President, Peter Kenny, entitled “Phyfe Unveiled: A New Look at …more

Music at Ayr

When the Kirkland family resided at Ayr Mount in the mid 19th century, their 1797 Broadwood Grand pianoforte was at the center of family gatherings, filling the West Parlor with music that would float throughout the house. On September 19th, Keiko Sekino and Andrea Edith Moore, along with the original Kirkland pianoforte, once again brought music to Ayr Mount’s West Parlor, furnished with beautiful early 19th century classical furniture, sculpture and paintings. Additionally, the 1797 pianoforte, similar to the one used by Beethoven, was recently restored for this concert. Opening with Sonata in A minor, K. 310 (i. Allegro maestoso),Keiko Sekino …more

Holiday visit to Millford

Saturday, December 5, 2015 Plan a holiday visit to Millford – the last open Saturday of the year!  Guided tours available on the hour at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 noon, and 1:00 PM. Gates open at 9:30 AM and close at 3:00 PM. Admission is $15 per person (16 years and under are free). Please call (803) 452-6194 to reserve a tour. Millford is located at 7320 Millford Plantation, Pinewood, SC 29125. Millford is 45 minutes from Columbia, SC; 2 hours approximately from Charlotte, NC and Charleston, SC. Click here for detailed directions to Millford.

Christmas in the Ayr

Enjoy this final bicentennial event of the year – Christmas in the Ayr in December! Our theme for the year is “Ceud Mìle Fàilte” which is Scots Gaelic for “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes”. December 2-13 Christmas in the Ayr See below for dates and times. Admission is $12 (same as regular tour). Ayr Mount will be decorated with natural materials in keeping with the period. Guided tours are: December 2 at 11:00 AM; December 3, 4, 5 at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM; December 6 at 2:00 PM; December 9 at 11:00 AM; December 10, 11, 12 at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM; and December …more

Annual Appeal

This coming year will mark the 60th year since I first set foot on Wall Street, a place that today, more than ever, seems enamored with the search for “disruptive” new technologies. In our day, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, a firm I founded with two Harvard Business School classmates that went on to become the first publicly-owned New York Stock Exchange member firm, was certainly disruptive. But I never really liked the word disruptive. What has all this got to do with historic preservation and Classical American Homes? Some things need to be disrupted and changed, but equal zeal is often required …more