Music at Millford 2014

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

Wunsch Awards CAHPT

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

Exhibition of Coverlets

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

Antique Appraisal Fair

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

Wunsch Award

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.  

CAHPT 20th Anniversary

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

Happy 20th Birthday PARTY to Us!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PARTY TO US! In honor of our 20th birthday, we hosted a reception at Ayr Mount in Hillsborough, NC, on October 23rd. Nearly 300 friends and supporters came to help us celebrate on this crisp, Fall evening. The house was open for guests to tour while food and drinks were served outside on the terrace. Vistas of undulating fields down to the Eno River created an idyllic setting for the occasion. The evening featured memorable remarks by the Mayor of Hillsborough, Tom Stevens, and Dick Jenrette (see below). Mayor Stevens presented Mr. Jenrette with a  locally-crafted key to the …more

Music at Millford

Music at Millford, held on Sunday, September 22, 2013, was a resounding (no pun intended) success this year. The response was tremendous (sold-out), the weather was sunny and clear, and the stellar performance by virtuoso violinist Chenyi Avsharian, Gold Medalist of the 2008 China International Violin Competition, and accomplished international pianist, Amy I-Lin Cheng, was extraordinary. The grand yet intimate setting of Millford’s elegant double parlors – paired with Chenyi’s unparalled performance – created an afternoon not to be forgotten. The diverse musical program selected was mesmerizing with works by composers Tchaikovsky, Vitali, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Waxman and de Sarasate, as …more

Dick Jenrette Receives the Inaugural Founders Award

Charleston Library Society Charleston, SC Continued…. from Spring/Summer 2014 Newsletter A view of the full house or full library! In her remarks to a packed house of about 180 guests, Anne Cleveland, Executive Director of the Charleston Library Society, noted the significant role Mr. Jenrette played in rebuilding the Mills House Hotel and reopening it in 1970.  She commented that the hotel’s reopening brought new waves of tourism to downtown Charleston and generated a new appreciation for preservation activities in the city.  She remarked how Mr. Jenrette’s activities have garnered national attention and high-profile exposure to Charleston’s preservation and arts …more

Ceilidh at Ayr 2017

The Cèilidh at Ayr, celebrating the Kirkland family’s Scottish heritage, was held on Saturday, October 21st at Ayr Mount.   The crowd of over 450 people enjoyed a day of music, friendship, crisp autumnal weather, and Scottish stories. Piobadh na Triantan (Gaelic for Piping in the Triangle) opened the festival with their rousing bagpipes filling the autumn air.  John Saxon and Evelyn Judson piped during the mid-day session and explained how the bagpipe works plus a bit about the history of the instrument.      Interspersed with the bagpipes were two Celtic bands.  Hailing from Alabama, Chambless & Muse (comprised of Jil Chambless …more