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

Footbridge at Ayr Mount

For Immediate Release NEW PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGE IN HILLSBOROUGH, NC: Connecting Riverwalk to Ayr Mount’s Master Trail Plan Classical American Homes Preservation Trust (CAHPT) and The Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation is pleased to announce the construction of a new footbridge and a half mile section of the Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) located at the Oxbow in Hillsborough, NC. This pedestrian footbridge, spanning 95-feet over the Eno River, will connect downtown Hillsborough to the Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail (HOST) and the Johnston Nature Preserve, situated east of Riverwalk. Construction is scheduled to be completed by August 1, 2016. “This pedestrian footbridge is a unique intersection of heritage …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

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

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