A Benefit Dinner to celebrate Ayr Mount’s 200th Anniversary on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Richard Hampton Jenrette and Classical American Homes Preservation Trust invite you to join us for this momentous occasion. Saturday, May 2, 2015 House and Grounds open at 5:00 PM Cocktails at 5:30 PM • Dinner at 7:00 PM Tickets for this event are SOLD OUT. Thank you to everyone for such a tremendous response. We look forward to seeing you on May 2nd! If you are unable to attend but wish to make a tax-deductible contribution, please click here. Thank you for your support. A weekend of events in …more
Peter Kenny, Co-President of CAHPT, will be speaking at this year’s Winterthur Furniture Forum on Friday, March 6, 2015. The 2015 Sewell C. Biggs Winterthur Furniture Forum celebrates furniture from the Empire State with lectures, workshops, and tours exploring new discoveries, shedding light on lesser-known cabinetmakes, and highlighting regional and cultural diversity. We invite you to join in this exciting program that brings fresh insight to the furiture of a region – New York – viewed as the true birthplace of America. For more information on the forum and the schedule of workshops, please click here to download the brochure. To register for …more
The past, the present and the future all seemed to converge at Ayr Mount during the month of September. This Federal-era plantation house (at right), built in 1815, may be turning 200 years old in the coming year, but Ayr Mount is certainly characterized by a youthful vibrance and energy that local partnerships and community events bring to the site. The house museum, gardens and grounds, in addition to nearly 300 acres of woodlands and trails across the Eno River, is situated within a dynamic community that celebrates its history while looking forward to new and exciting projects highlighting all …more
Robert deMaine in concert at Millford Music at Millford Sunday, September 21, 2014 Millford Plantation, Pinewood, SC Robert deMaine, Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and James Wilhelmsen on piano. Post by Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, Richard H. Jenrette Foundation.
Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and the Friends of Millford presented our third annual Music at Millford on Sunday, September 21. Over 150 friends joined us on this beautiful, late-summer day in Pinewood, South Carolina. Guests enjoyed exploring the gardens and grounds, taking a look inside private rooms not usually open during public tours, and sipping on a cool drink on Millford’s porches. A few friends even brought along a picnic – a perfect way to experience the splendor of this historic landmark. Millford looked magnificent, even with concert seating in place of the suite of Duncan Phyfe furniture that …more
On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, the Wunsch Americana Foundation honored Dick Jenrette and Classical American Homes Preservation Trust as a co-recipient of the second-annual Eric Martin Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts alongside Linda and George Kaufman, major collectors of Americana. The award ceremony was held at the Rockefeller Center Galleries at Christie’s, New York, where over 200 guests gathered to celebrate the honorees’ dedication to American Arts and their continuation of the legacy of renowned collector, Eric Martin Wunsch. The Eric Martin Wunsch Award was created by the Wunsch Americana Foundation in the memory of Martin Wunsch to …more
Americana Series Coverlets: Treasure from the Loom April 2nd – 30th, 2014 Ayr Mount presents the inaugural installment in our exciting Americana Series, Coverlets: Treasures from the Loom, where over 50 woven coverlets was on view. The production of woven coverlets dates to Colonial times, when they quickly became essential household items. In the 19th century the industry grew and coverlets became increasingly popular, especially in the Northeast. Advancements in manufacturing and weaving techniques allowed for increased production and the creation of more intricately patterned coverlets over time. Two types of coverlets – Figured and Fancy and geometric – were …more
April 17th (4 – 7 PM) What’s in your closet or attic? Ever wonder if that antique is worth more than you expect or a family heirloom is a missing part of an American legacy? Join us on April 17th (4 – 7 PM) for Ayr Mount’s first-ever Antique Appraisal Fair with guest of honor Julia Carpenter, of UNC-TV’s Collecting Carolina. This event, inspired by Antiques Roadshow, will give guests the opportunity to have two antiques appraised by local experts from Leland Little Auctions, Whitehall at the Villa Antiques, and The Persian Carpet. Accepting for appraisal silver, pottery, porcelain, paintings, jewelry, engravings, textiles, furniture, wine, …more
CAHPT is honored to be a 2014 co-recipient of the Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts from the Wunsch Americana Foundation. We are proud to be acknowledged alongside Linda and George Kaufman, major art collectors of Americana. This honor recognizes dedication and contributions in preserving American Decorative Arts and was hosted by Christie’s, New York City on January 22nd. Please click here for the press release.
It is our pleasure to announce that Classical has turned 20 this year! We cannot believe how far we’ve come since our founding in 1993, all thanks to your generous support and sustained interest in what we do. Because of friends and supporters like you, Classical American Homes has been able to continue our preservation mission. The story began…. Classical American Homes started as a non-profit foundation in December 1993 with the gift of Ayr Mount, built circa 1815, in Hillsborough, NC. Ayr Mount was our first historic house museum. (Photos on this page are from our 20th Anniversary Reception …more