Our 2018 Annual Report is now available — click the image below to read about our busy year!
“Its classical architecture transcends time. When you’re there, in the house and on the grounds, you can feel the long past, its history, but you also expect that it will continue long into the future.” Deena C. Bouknight visited Millford this spring to tour the home and research for her beautifully written article on the history of the house and its inhabitants. Deena had a chance to speak with CAHPT’s own Peter Kenny, as well as Emory Clark, whose family has a long connection to the property as well. She carefully connects the lineage of the home, starting with the …more
Scottish Connections In October 2019, Ayr Mount participated in a town-wide celebration of Scottish heritage called Outlandish Hillsborough. This exhibit was on view during the weeks surrounding the festival and featured Scottish artifacts, 18th and 19th-century engravings of Scotland, immigration patterns, food, curiosities and a wee bit of fun facts. Of special interest was a ca. 1930 Buchanan Child’s Dancer Ensemble on loan from the Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center, Inc. in Franklin, NC. This sublime ensemble is in pristine condition and includes sporrans, jewelry, hose, doublet, waistcoat and other original pieces. The exhibit concluded on October 20 — …more
We are grateful to report Roper House sustained only a few broken shutters during the storm. Millford and Ayr Mount also fared well. Our hearts are with those still dealing with the effects of Dorian in the Bahamas and all affected areas. Photo of more peaceful days atop the roof at Roper House, overlooking a calm Charleston Harbor by Rick Rhodes.
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Over the past several months students from the Clemson University / College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation have spent time at the Roper House and completing a Historic Structure Report. The students researched the history of the home, studied the architecture, and reported on the home’s condition, identifying historically significant and original features. The detailed report includes a chronology of the house’s history starting on May 25, 1839, when Robert Roper purchased the lot of land, and through December 10, 2018, when Classical American Homes Preservation Trust took ownership of the property, devised by CAHPT founder Richard H. …more
Earlier this summer we were lucky to have the fifth grade students from Laurence Manning Academy in Manning, SC come out to Millford for a tour of the house and grounds. The students spent time reflecting on their visit and created drawings and thank you letters for site manager Louie Hall and docent Mrs. Dot. Click any of the images to open a gallery of the students’ work!
Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail (HOST) was recently featured in an article in Due South magazine. Debra Burdick visited HOST and spoke with Bill Crowther at Ayr Mount to learn more about the site’s history and why it has been preserved. Read the article here!