New Bridge Unveiled

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New Footbridge in Hillsborough, NC – Connecting Riverwalk to Ayr Mount’s Master Trail Plan Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and The Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation (CAHPT) is pleased to announce the official opening of a new pedestrian bridge spanning 95 feet over the Eno River. Access to the new Footbridge site is from Elizabeth Brady Road or South Cameron Street in Hillsborough, North Carolina. The new Footbridge, as a vital part of Ayr Mount’s Master Trail Plan, now connects Hillsborough’s Riverwalk to the west with CAHPT’s Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail to the east. After several years of planning and fundraising, …more

Historic House Trust Founders Award 2016


The Historic House Trust presented the Annual Founders Award on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at The Metropolitan Club in Manhattan to Margize Howell, CAHPT Co-President, in recognition of her distinguished career in historic preservation. Margize is a member of the HHT Directors’ Council and has been an ardent supporter since 1994. Her interest in the preservation of historic homes began at a young age and grew into an extensive career that embodies a committed dedication to preserving our American heritage.  The evening’s theme, Revolution! Starts at Home, marked the 240th anniversary of our country’s 1776 fight for independence and highlighted the many historical, cultural, and social …more

It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that “Swing”

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By Peter Kenny We’ve got our “swing” alright, thanks to the generous gift of one of the original “swing” dressing glasses from Millford by longtime friends and supporters Marika and Thomas Gordon Smith (fig. 1), architect and former chairman of the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. Handsome and architectural, this dressing glass now stands in the southeast corner bedroom at Millford (fig. 2), quite possibly in the place it occupied when it first was uncrated and assembled. Two “swing glasses” packed in their own custom crates are recorded on a June 2, 1841 bill of lading …more

Millford turns 175 years!


Two events this September and October to celebrate Millford’s Anniversary   Music at Millford Sunday, September 18, 2016 An notable string trio from the Los Angeles Philharmonic will present an exclusive program at Millford this September. Robert deMaine, Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is both the Artistic Director and a performer in this year’s concert. Robert will be playing with Nathan Cole, First Associate Concertmaster, and Ben Ullery, Assistant Principal Viola. The concert program will include an original composition created for the occasion of Millford’s anniversary, by Robert deMaine. In addition, there will be a pre-concert lecture by Peter Kenny, …more

HHT – 2016 Founders Award

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Historic House Trust 2016 Founders Award Dinner June 14, 2016 6:30 – 11:00 PM The Metropolitan Club New York, NY We are excited to announce the Historic House Trust will honor CAHPT Co-President Margize Howell at their 2016 Founders Award Dinner. The theme of the dinner — Revolution! Starts at Home — pays tribute to the 240th anniversary of our country’s 1776 fight for independence and brings into question the effect of historic, cultural, and social events on all of HHT’s homes.  The event will support all 23 houses and will feature those in the Borough of Manhattan. Please join us …more

Fakes, Forgeries & Reproductions

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Saturday, July 23, 2016 Join us for this special day-long seminar presented by Charles F. Hummel, and sponsored by Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and Leland Little Auctions for the benefit of Ayr Mount. Charles F. Hummel is Curator Emeritus and Adjunct Professor, Winterthur Museum & Garden and Author of With Hammer in Hand: The Dominy Craftsmen of East Hampton, NY. This mini-course includes two illustrated lectures on the subject of fakes, forgeries, and reproductions of decorative arts made or used in America. The morning lecture provides and overview of the subject by examining examples of ceramics, ironware, pewter, prints, …more

Wunsch Award 2016

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We are very pleased to share the news that Classical American Homes’ own Peter Kenny, Co-President, and Morrie Heckscher, Emeritus Chairman of the American Wing, are 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, 2016 at their Rockefeller Center Galleries. This year the award honors Morrison H. Heckscher and Peter M. Kenny for their dedication and contributions towards preserving American Decorative Arts. Heckscher and Kenny are recognized for “the expansion and modernization of the American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. They oversaw renovations to the American …more

An Anniversary to Remember


Reflections on Ayr Mount’s Bicentennial “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes” was the theme for Ayr Mount’s bicentennial year – which in Scottish Gaelic is “CEUD MÌLE FÀILTE”. The house, built in 1815, by William Kirkland, merchant and family patriarch, was named after his birthplace of Ayr, Scotland. Throughout the year of 2015, we honored Kirkland’s roots as well the historic house and extensive grounds that make Ayr Mount a unique place to visit. The celebratory calendar was full of music, dancing, dining, learning, sharing, socializing, and just a whole lot of fun! The opening event for this banner year was the Earth Day …more