Emerging Scholars


Sunday, January 22, 2017 Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, in conjunction with the Decorative Arts Trust, was pleased to offer an inaugural Colloquium for students and young professionals in the decorative arts field. The speakers gave short lectures describing an exciting range of new discoveries. This event was sponsored in part by the Wunsch Americana Foundation and is a benefit for the Decorative Arts Trust’s Emerging Scholars Program. Presentations included lectures by: Daniel Ackermann, Department of Art History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on “Conformable to that of the waters: Cultural Confluence in the Decorative Arts of Early Kentucky”. Emelie Gevalt, …more

2016 in Review


This past year has been a celebratory one! With Classical American Homes and our respective Co-Presidents being the recipients of awards in the field, new programs such as the Fakes, Forgeries & Reproductions workshop offered, the unveiling of a bridge at Ayr Mount, and the 175th Anniversary of Millford, and more! Read on. Wunsch Award – Peter Kenny and Morrison Heckscher Classical American Homes’ own Peter Kenny, Co-President, and Morrie Heckscher, Emeritus Chairman of the American Wing, were the honorees of the 2016 Wunsch Award. Christie’s hosted the fourth annual Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts on January 20th, …more

WSJ and Edgewater


A Family Legacy on the Hudson. Edgewater, in the Hudson River Valley, is one of several riverfront mansions built by the Livingston family. The Wall Street Journal recently featured these Livingston houses, including Dick Jenrette’s residence in Barrytown, NY. Click here to read the article, and see images of Edgewater as well as a timeline of the Livingstons and their mansions along the Hudson River.  

Fifth Music at Millford

Photo by John Teague (www.johnteaguephotography.com)

Sunday, September 18, 2016 Pinewood, SC The Fifth Music at Millford, held on Sunday, September 18, was a wonderful celebration of classical music and classical architecture with a fun and engaging group of friends and enthusiasts. Robert deMaine, as Artistic Director, worked tirelessly with us over the course of the year to organize a special program to honor Millford in its 175th year. Robert dazzled us with his talents for the third year in a row, and Nathan Cole and Ben Ullery who were marvelous in their first concert in the double parlor. The program was made even more special as the string trio …more

Yuletide at Millford

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Thank you for joining us this holiday season at one of America’s finest examples of Greek Revival architecture. Saturday, Dec. 3  &  Sunday, Dec. 4 Over 200 people visited Millford over the weekend and enjoyed the festive Yuletide decorations graciously provided by The Azalea Garden Club to celebrate Millford’s 175th Anniversary year, plus refreshments of apple cider, cookies, and live music! Click here to see photos from the Saturday and Sunday open house. Saturday, Dec. 3 Grounds open 9:30 AM – 3 PM House open 10 AM – 2 PM Sunday, Dec. 4 Grounds open 12 noon – 4 PM House …more

Standing the Test of Time

Photo by Bruce Schwarz

To: Friends, Donors and Preservationists From: Dick Jenrette November 2016 What is this fascination Americans seem to have today for things (or people) that are “disruptive?” It started in Silicon Valley with the adulation of newly-minted billionaires who had developed “disruptive technologies.” To qualify as successful it seemed like you had to develop a new technology that “destroyed” something. In olden times we used to think that to be successful you had to be a builder, additive to the economy and not just wiping out something else. This fascination with “disruption” has now moved into politics. Donald Trump has embraced …more

Happy Birthday Millford!

Photo by John Teague (www.johnteaguephotography.com)

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 …more

Tours – Autumn 2016


Friends and Visitors Tours at our houses in New York to South Carolina As we transition into the last quarter of our 2016 tour season, each of the houses remaining very busy with tours and special events. Since Labor Day, the following groups have visited Edgewater: The Clark Art Institute, the Rockford Art Museum, Highlands- Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Historic New England, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Collectors from Laguna Beach, California. At the Baker House, there was also a presentation and cocktail reception for the Friends of Boscobel House and Gardens, a …more

Barbecue Picnic RESCHEDULED!

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Millford’s 175th Anniversary Celebration has been rescheduled for November 5th, 2016. Tickets are still available for purchase! Click here for more information: Tickets Please confirm with us that you still plan to attend by contacting Julie Smith.  We are excited to see you there and hope the change in dates has not been an inconvenience to anyone.  If you purchased tickets and are no longer able to attend you may choose to donate the funds from your purchase to Millford, for which we will provide a tax receipt for the full amount, or you may request a full refund.  For assistance, please contact juliesmith@classicalamericanhomes.org. We can’t wait …more

Preservation in Progress

Anna Kenan and Mayor of Hillsborough Tom Stevens inaugurating the new Footbridge on July 22. Photo courtesy of Kim Elliott.

A History of the Ayr Mount Master Trail Plan, Hillsborough, NC By Bill Crowther, Site Supervisor “Preservation in Progress” is a phrase that seems to reflect the current challenges of preservation work: on one hand, it literally describes the ongoing effort of making history and conservation more relevant to the present-day, while at the same time, on the other hand, stating preservation work is often done in stages (or by degrees) and that the outcome of this work may be understated, but rest assured it is indeed happening! The often opposing two words are joined together to remind us how …more