Dick Jenrette Receives the Inaugural Founders Award

Charleston Library Society Charleston, SC Continued…. from Spring/Summer 2014 Newsletter A view of the full house or full library! In her remarks to a packed house of about 180 guests, Anne Cleveland, Executive Director of the Charleston Library Society, noted the significant role Mr. Jenrette played in rebuilding the Mills House Hotel and reopening it in 1970.  She commented that the hotel’s reopening brought new waves of tourism to downtown Charleston and generated a new appreciation for preservation activities in the city.  She remarked how Mr. Jenrette’s activities have garnered national attention and high-profile exposure to Charleston’s preservation and arts …more

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

To: Friends, Donors and Preservationists

November 2017 From: Dick Jenrette Many of you have asked how Classical American Homes fared in the seemingly unending hurricanes and floods of recent months. Most affected were our properties in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (Cane Garden) and Charleston, South Carolina (Roper House). The other five properties were largely spared, with limited wind damage. Thanks to the experience and hard work of our site managers (David Crowther in St. Croix and Earnie Townsend in Charleston) recovery is well underway. Most affected by the hurricanes was Cane Garden in St. Croix, which was hit hard by “Maria,” a dangerous Category-5 …more

News from Ayr Mount

In the first half of this year, Ayr Mount has had the pleasure of hosting 103 tours, with a total of 715 visitors thus far – an increase in tours from last year! In June, as part of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers National Conference (SAPFM), Ayr Mount hosted a special tour for 44 members. Twelve pieces of furniture from Ayr Mount’s collection were shown to the group, allowing for close examination of the construction of each piece. This visit was noted by its organizers as the highest attended regional offering outside of the regular SAPFM National Conference, and by all …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