Tours – Spring/Summer 2014

Continued… from our Spring/Summer 2014 Newsletter A little farther south, Millford Plantation started the year off with a fantastic response to first-of-the-month open Saturday tours for individuals, which also occur all Saturdays during the month of April. Millford is the perfect place to spend a beautiful summer day enjoying a tour and perusing the gardens. Visit us on a Public Saturday to meander the grounds and enjoy this one-of-kind home. Upon the start of its spring tour season, Ayr Mount welcomed the Chapel Hill Newcomers Club, Back Creek Young at Heart Club and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke …more

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

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