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

At Ayr Mount

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

Annual Report

Dear friends, donors and preservationists, We are delighted to announce the release of our Annual Report 2013. This report features Ayr Mount, the first historic house given by Richard H. Jenrette to Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, beautiful new images of the house, as well as reflections on our programs and activities from the past year. Highlights include: CAHPT celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Ayr Mount’s opening as a house museum and looking forward to the upcoming 200th Birthday of this elegant, historic 1815 house. This report is now available online – please click here to download a digital version …more

Profile: Jack Smith

This newsletter’s Profile will focus on Mr. John W. Smith, better known as Jack, who oversees all of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust’s properties as Director of Operations, and also sits on CAHPT’s Board of Directors. Jack has been with CAHPT since its inception in 1993, also having worked the previous 18 years for Richard Jenrette as a property manager. Jack has been directly involved in the restoration of all CAHPT and Richard Jenrette’s portfolio of properties for nearly 40 years. While working as a contractor in upstate New York, Jack was first introduced to Mr. Jenrette in the fall …more