Antique Appraisal Fair

April 17th (4 – 7 PM) What’s in your closet or attic? Ever wonder if that antique is worth more than you expect or a family heirloom is a missing part of an American legacy? Join us on April 17th (4 – 7 PM) for Ayr Mount’s first-ever Antique Appraisal Fair with guest of honor Julia Carpenter, of UNC-TV’s Collecting Carolina. This event, inspired by Antiques Roadshow, will give guests the opportunity to have two antiques appraised by local experts from Leland Little Auctions, Whitehall at the Villa Antiques, and The Persian Carpet. Accepting for appraisal silver, pottery, porcelain, paintings, jewelry, engravings, textiles, furniture, wine, …more

Martha Stewart

Estate Cane Garden welcomed Martha Stewart for a tour of the house and grounds during her recent vacation to St. Croix. She spent part of the afternoon learning more about the history of the house’s architecture, furnishings and associated ruins, as well as its extensive collection of Island mahogany furniture and classical decor. Ms. Stewart must have had a great time (but who wouldn’t while sipping rum by the Caribbean!), because she featured her visit to Cane Garden in a recent post on her blog “Martha: Up Close and Personal“. Read the blog post and see 65 pictures from her …more

Wunsch Award

CAHPT is honored to be a 2014 co-recipient of the Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts from the Wunsch Americana Foundation. We are proud to be acknowledged alongside Linda and George Kaufman, major art collectors of Americana. This honor recognizes dedication and contributions in preserving American Decorative Arts and was hosted by Christie’s, New York City on January 22nd. Please click here for the press release.  

William L. Thompson

CAHPT Founding Board Director and Interior Designer, dies at 85. With a heavy heart we announce that Bill Thompson passed away quietly on November 24, 2013 at Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC following an extended illness. In his 48 years with Dick Jenrette, Bill was involved in the restoration, decoration and landscaping of several important, early 19th-century homes. These included Edgewater, built in 1824 on the Hudson River in northern Dutchess County; Roper House, built in 1838 in Charleston, SC; Millford Plantation, built in 1840 near Columbia, SC; Ayr Mount, built in 1815 in Hillsborough, NC and Cane Garden, …more

NEW book on Roper House

Hot off the press! Dick Jenrette’s latest book, Columns by the Sea, is the perfect holiday gift for family and friends. Click here to purchase a copy! Columns by the Sea is the third of Dick Jenrette’s books chronicling his love of old houses, following the widely read memoirs, Adventures With Old Houses and More Adventures With Old Houses. In his new book, Mr. Jenrette focuses in greater detail on one of these houses – Roper House, an outstanding example of early 19th Century Greek Revival architecture, circa 1838, on the Battery in Charleston. In Columns by the Sea Dick …more

CAHPT 20th Anniversary

It is our pleasure to announce that Classical has turned 20 this year! We cannot believe how far we’ve come since our founding in 1993, all thanks to your generous support and sustained interest in what we do. Because of friends and supporters like you, Classical American Homes has been able to continue our preservation mission. The story began…. Classical American Homes started as a non-profit foundation in December 1993 with the gift of Ayr Mount, built circa 1815, in Hillsborough, NC. Ayr Mount was our first historic house museum. (Photos on this page are from our 20th Anniversary Reception …more

Happy 20th Birthday PARTY to Us!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PARTY TO US! In honor of our 20th birthday, we hosted a reception at Ayr Mount in Hillsborough, NC, on October 23rd. Nearly 300 friends and supporters came to help us celebrate on this crisp, Fall evening. The house was open for guests to tour while food and drinks were served outside on the terrace. Vistas of undulating fields down to the Eno River created an idyllic setting for the occasion. The evening featured memorable remarks by the Mayor of Hillsborough, Tom Stevens, and Dick Jenrette (see below). Mayor Stevens presented Mr. Jenrette with a  locally-crafted key to the …more

Acquisitions

Exciting news: more Manning family heritage found its way back to Millford this summer! The spouse of a Manning descendant contacted us regarding several pieces of Manning family silver that were available for purchase, along with a mahogany chest that originally housed a full set of Manning Family silver flatware. The mahogany chest is now one of the newest pieces to our collection and boasts an oval silver nameplate with the inscription “J.L. Manning” for Governor John Laurence Manning. Select pieces of Manning silver were also acquired and include: a footed waste bowl by S. Kirk and Son of Baltimore, …more

Music at Millford

Music at Millford, held on Sunday, September 22, 2013, was a resounding (no pun intended) success this year. The response was tremendous (sold-out), the weather was sunny and clear, and the stellar performance by virtuoso violinist Chenyi Avsharian, Gold Medalist of the 2008 China International Violin Competition, and accomplished international pianist, Amy I-Lin Cheng, was extraordinary. The grand yet intimate setting of Millford’s elegant double parlors – paired with Chenyi’s unparalled performance – created an afternoon not to be forgotten. The diverse musical program selected was mesmerizing with works by composers Tchaikovsky, Vitali, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Waxman and de Sarasate, as …more

Let’s Play 20/20

Twenty Questions for Twenty Years! 1. What movie influenced Dick Jenrette’s love of classical architecture? 2. True or False. In 1854, Edgewater had a unique octagonal library added to it by A.J. Davis, which later became Gore Vidal’s study. 3. Ayr Mount is located along which important early trading route? a) Carolinian Silk Road b) Old Indian Trading Path c) Tar Heel Tunnel d) Trader Joe’s Produce Aisle 4. What was the first house Dick Jenrette purchased to begin his collection of houses? 5. The architect/builder of Millford Plantation, Nathaniel Potter, was related to which famous Potter who helped save …more