September 2017 Concerts

The Classical Ideal: Music & Architecture in Harmony Join us at Edgewater, Ayr Mount, and Millford for a unique experience at these historic houses.  This concert series highlights the themes of classicism and romanticism that are resonant in music, architecture and decorative arts of the first half of the 19th century. A three-part concert series, featuring Robert deMaine (CAHPT’s Director of Music and Principal Cellist, Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Simon Adda-Reyss (Associate Professor of Keyboard Studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris). Click here to read more about the musicians. Edgewater, Barrytown, NY Sunday, September 17 Experience the …more

Cèilidh at Ayr

Saturday, October 21 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM A Scottish festival of music and dancing to make your heart sing and your kilt swing! Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy a fun and relaxing day. Take a stroll on the Poet’s Walk, visit the Eno River, play in the Children’s (“Wee Bairns”) Play Area, have Fish ‘n Chips from a food truck, and maybe even see the Loch Ayr Monster! Tickets: $15 Adult in advance ($20 on the day of the event) $5 Child (5 -12 years of age) Free for age 4 and under 9:15 AM Gates …more

Spring/Summer Newsletter

Click on the image of the Summer / Spring 2017 Newsletter (at right) to read the latest issue.   In this issue: Read about the history of music at our houses, in “Tradition of Music Continues at Classical American Homes Preservation Trust” and listen to a sample of period harp music, similar to what Mrs. Donaldson might have played at Edgewater. Catch up on the latest news regarding the Conservation of Capitals at Millford, including detailed images of the disassembly of the capital and the discoveries during the process. An update from Ayr Mount and what’s new on the trails! …more

Concert at Ayr Mount – Sold Out!

This event is sold out.  Please join us next time! Not to be missed! Come to Ayr Mount for a very special program at this historic house. The Classical Ideal: Music and Architecture in Harmony is a concert that highlights the themes of classicism and romanticism resonant not only in music but also in the architecture and decorative arts of this historic classical home. The Kirkland’s original late eighteenth-century, London-made pianoforte, will be played by Simon Adda-Reyss. A three-part concert series, featuring Robert deMaine (CAHPT’s Director of Music and Principal Cellist, Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Simon Adda-Reyss (Associate Professor of Keyboard Studies at …more

Winter at Ayr Mount

The changing of the calendar brings a change of focus, with efforts shifted away from sharing Ayr Mount’s architecture and decorative arts with guests, to preserving and maintaining the house and collection for future visitors. Winter is the ideal time for staff to complete necessary restoration projects. When the restoration is complete, the work should go undetected, allowing guests to experience the rooms free of distraction. [Continued from the Winter/Spring Newsletter] This year, the focus was on repairing the ceilings in the second floor bedrooms. Working on a surface over twelve feet in the air adds a lot of logistics involved in …more

2016 in Review

This past year has been a celebratory one! With Classical American Homes and our respective Co-Presidents being the recipients of awards in the field, new programs such as the Fakes, Forgeries & Reproductions workshop offered, the unveiling of a bridge at Ayr Mount, and the 175th Anniversary of Millford, and more! Read on. Wunsch Award – Peter Kenny and Morrison Heckscher Classical American Homes’ own Peter Kenny, Co-President, and Morrie Heckscher, Emeritus Chairman of the American Wing, were 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, …more

Preservation in Progress

A History of the Ayr Mount Master Trail Plan, Hillsborough, NC By Bill Crowther, Site Supervisor “Preservation in Progress” is a phrase that seems to reflect the current challenges of preservation work: on one hand, it literally describes the ongoing effort of making history and conservation more relevant to the present-day, while at the same time, on the other hand, stating preservation work is often done in stages (or by degrees) and that the outcome of this work may be understated, but rest assured it is indeed happening! The often opposing two words are joined together to remind us how …more

New Bridge Unveiled

New Footbridge in Hillsborough, NC – Connecting Riverwalk to Ayr Mount’s Master Trail Plan Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and The Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation (CAHPT) is pleased to announce the official opening of a new pedestrian bridge spanning 95 feet over the Eno River. Access to the new Footbridge site is from Elizabeth Brady Road or South Cameron Street in Hillsborough, North Carolina. The new Footbridge, as a vital part of Ayr Mount’s Master Trail Plan, now connects Hillsborough’s Riverwalk to the west with CAHPT’s Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail to the east. After several years of planning and fundraising, …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