Announcing: Yuletide at Millford 2017!

Visit Millford on Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd to enjoy the festive Yuletide decorations provided by The Azalea Garden Club of Manning, SC, and entertainment by the Sumter High Orchestra String Quartet directed by Erik Hines. Refreshments of apple cider and cookies will be served. Admission is $15. Reservations are required! Please call (802) 452-6194 to make your reservation. Schedule: Saturday, December 2nd: Grounds are open 9:30 AM – 3 PM / House is open 10 AM – 2 PM Sunday, December 3rd: Grounds are open 12 – 4 PM / House is open 12 PM – 3 …more

The Classical Ideal at Millford

On Saturday, September 23, the culmination of our week-long series of concerts was held at Millford in Pinewood, SC.  Robert deMaine and Simon Adda-Reyss played a repertoire that featured Camille Saint-Saëns, François Couperin, Rachmaninoff and featured an original composition by deMaine, entitled Étude-Caprice No. 3 in G, “Brésil” for solo cello.             Millford, considered one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States, was an ideal setting for this intersection of music and architecture.  This sixth Music at Millford concert in the double parlor saw a new and returning audience who …more

Conservation of Capitals at Millford

Recent conservation work on the Corinthian capitals of Millford’s monumental colonnade has brought to light new discoveries and with it, new excitement.  Michael Phelps, an historic restoration specialist, began work on the capitals in early  2017 following his earlier fabrication of replacement shutters for Millford and sensitive stabilization and repair of the original water tower in 2016.  Upon surveying the capitals, Michael mused that it appeared that no serious repair or restoration work had been done on these since they were first installed between 1839-1841 — which is both the good news and not so good news! First, scaffolding was …more

Tradition of Music at Classical American Homes

Music has long played a role in the lives of the occupants of Edgewater, Ayr Mount and Millford. This September it will come alive once again in a series of classical concerts entitled, The Classical Ideal: Music & Architecture in Harmony. In the years when Robert and Susan Gaston Donaldson resided at Edgewater, their temple-like villa on the Hudson, it was filled with sounds of the most exquisite music, performed by Susan and their children. Susan Donaldson’s musical education began at an early age at the insistence of her father, Judge William Gaston, who believed that attaining skill in this …more