Happy Birthday Millford!

Dick Jenrette cutting Millford's 175th birthday cake.

Dick Jenrette cutting Millford’s 175th birthday cake.

One of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in America celebrates its 175th anniversary

This past weekend we celebrated Millford’s 175th Anniversary in grand style, capping a very important year for this magnificent Greek Revival mansion, one of the jewels in the crown of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust. It was a spectacular fall day with family and friends who came to mark this important milestone for Millford.

There was something for the nearly 140 guests at Millford’s 175th birthday — a delicious picnic of Low Country cuisine, tours of the house and grounds, a benefit lecture, and festive music from Seán Heely, U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, who accompanied Dick Jenrette and guests in singing Happy Birthday to Millford.

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The entire property was open for guests to enjoy, allowing everyone to visit the mansion, its outbuildings and grounds at their leisure. Many descendants of Governor Manning’s family attended as well as descendants of his enslaved valet, Ben Pleasant, who was recently featured on PBS’ Finding Your Roots (find out which Hollywood celebrity – actor, comedian and filmaker – is a descendant of Ben Pleasant by clicking on Finding Your Roots). After lunch, CAHPT Co-President Peter Kenny and docent Charles Broadwell led a walking tour of the property and its campus of outbuildings. The afternoon ended with an exclusive Friends of Millford Benefit that included a special lecture by Peter Kenny on the history of Millford, its preservation, and a tour of the second floor with Margize Howell. The architecture and art that makes this magnificent place a Taj Mahal of the South was experienced firsthand by those who stayed. Following the lecture and tour, the afternoon concluded with cocktails on the rear porch and a warm fall sunset – a grand finale to a very special year at Millford. A spectacular day was had from start to finish and we thank all of you, friends and family who came to celebrate with us and be part of this special day.

Click here for photos from the 175th Anniversary event.

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Millford, built in 1841, located in Pinewood, SC.

Photo by John Teague (www.johnteaguephotography.com)

A bird’s-eye-view of Millford’s birthday cake.

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