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

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