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

Ayr Mount Bicentennial Events 2015

Before the bicentennial comes to a close – make plans to visit Ayr Mount! Check out the guided house tour schedule, take a leisurely stroll on the Poet’s Walk or enjoy our final special event of the year – Christmas in the Ayr in December can be found here (below). 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 …more

Cèilidh at Ayr

Saturday, October 24 Cèilidh in the Ayr 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tickets: $15/adult in advance ($20/adult at the gate, on the day of the event); $5 for ages 5-12; free for age 4 and younger. Tickets for this event are now only available at the gate. The Cèilidh at Ayr is a day of music and dancing to celebrate Ayr Mount’s Scottish history. Enjoy a fun mix of Scottish entertainment on the beautiful grounds at Ayr Mount.  There will be Scottish jigs, reels and strathspeys, lovely airs, bagpipers, drummers, fiddlers, and more. There will be food trucks and beverages on …more

Broadwood Ayr tickets

Music will resonate through the beautiful, historic interiors of Ayr Mount for this intimate and extraordinary concert during Ayr Mount’s bicentennial year. On Saturday, September 19, the virtuoso talents of pianist Keiko Sekino and soprano Andrea Edith Moore will be the perfect complement to Ayr Mount’s 1797 Broadwood Grand Pianoforte, similar instrument to the one used by Beethoven. The pianoforte, a Kirkland family object, has been recently restored for this memorable evening and a musical program selected by our artists will highlight this special instrument. This concert will take place in Ayr Mount’s elegant West Parlor, also known as the Music Room. A …more

A Ball at Ayr Mount House

The bagpiping anthem, Scotland the Brave heralded the beginning of another Bicentennial event: A Ball at Ayr Mount House. Josh Hinson, a talented local bagpiper, was truly the Pied Piper of the Ball. Couples fell in line behind him for the Grand Promenade around the grounds to the sweet smell of early magnolia blossoms. Thereafter the music and dancing began in earnest. Jack Maus, the evening’s talented Dance Master made for a relaxed and happy time for newcomers and experienced dancers alike. [continued below…] Guests swirled to Flowers of Edinburgh, Devil Among the Tailors, Geud Man of Ballingigh and Jack’s Maggot; …more

Time Capsule of Ayr Mount

What would you want to see from 100 or even 200 years ago? What do you think will be interesting to people in 100 or 200 years?   Will pennies or any type of cash still be in use? Will the US flag still have 50 stars? What about clothes, vehicles, means of communication, and data storage. Those were the questions we pondered in preparation for the Ayr Mount Time Capsule. Oh, and the item saved for the future has to fit in a box! May 19, 2015 ushered in the 247th anniversary of William Kirkland’s birth in Ayr, Scotland. He …more

Happy 200th Birthday…

Ayr Mount! Happy 200th Birthday! Ayr Mount, a house built by William Kirkland in 1815 and named after his homeland of Ayr, Scotland, is celebrating a year of exciting Bicentennial events! Thank you to all the 230 friends, patrons and preservationists who joined us for Ayr Mount’s 200th Anniversary Benefit Dinner on Saturday, May 2nd. The weather was perfection as the guests started arriving at 5 pm to the notes of a kilted bagpiper. Everyone walked through the house at the start and throughout the evening, then headed out to the terrace for cocktails. Dinner was held under a large white …more

A Ball at Ayr Mount House

You are cordially invited to an English Dance on the Lawn of Ayr Mount Saturday, May 23, 2015  7:00 – 10:00 PM $35 per person includes music, food, and period libations Music by The Syllabub Trio: Mara Shea (violin), Julie Gorka (keyboard), Walt Robinson (recorder) Dances will be chosen from the following: Braes of Dornoch – Bonnie Cuckoo – Devil Among the Tailors – Duke of Kent’s Waltz – Eightsome Reel – Flowers of Edinburgh – Gay Gordons – Geud Man of Ballingigh – Haymakers – Jack’s Maggot – Mr. Issac’s Maggot – Petronella – Southwind – Scotland the Brave – …more

Celebrating 200!

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