We have had a busy winter of events at Ayr Mount and the Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail (HOST). In mid-January, there was a film shoot for a new series called “Lost Speedways”, which will appear on NBC Universal’s new streaming platform, “Peacock“. Racing legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were on site for the shoot with Matthew Dillner, which took place on the only remaining dirt track from the inaugural 1949 season. Tune into “Lost Speedways” this July on Peacock or visit their Facebook page to learn more! On January 19th the Bull City Running Company held the 6th …more
Over 1,500 people gathered at Ayr Mount over October 12-13, 2019 as part of the town-wide Outlandish celebration. On Saturday, Scottish musicians — including pipers, drummers, fiddles, and vocalists — joined dancers and other performers in a celebration of Scottish heritage. Food vendors featured traditional Scottish fare including fish and chips, ale, and Irn Bru and kids could play and craft in the Wee Bairns Play Area. The Loch Ayr Monster even made a return visit! On Sunday, guests donned their favorite Outlander-inspired attire to “Step Through The Stones” into a locale of the beloved Outlander Series, whose main characters …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
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!
Happily residing at Ayr Mount now is the Philadelphia Tambour Desk and Bookcase recently donated to the Trust from Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Tananbaum. This exceptional piece of case furniture is firmly attributed to Scottish-born cabinetmaker John Aitken (1770-1814), who is celebrated as the maker of a nearly identical example for George Washington. We think Aitken would be pleased to know this tambour desk and bookcase are on display at Ayr Mount, a house built by fellow Scotsman William Kirkland (1768-1836). Come by for a visit to see our most recent acquisition as well as another important Philadelphia Federal masterpiece …more
Christmas in the Ayr Ayr Mount was decorated for the holidays with a bounty of freshly cut flowers, naturals, berries, holly, fruit, and evergreens from December 1 – 15. There may even have been a wee bit of thistle and tartan to honor the Kirkland’s Scottish heritage! Ayr Mount is now closed for the months of January and February. Click here for tour schedule and information. Ayr Mount by Candlelight SOLD OUT Thank you the friends who joined us for this special opportunity to experience all the magical charm of Ayr Mount “after hours”. It was fun to experience the home in …more
HURRICANE FLORENCE UPDATE: Ayr Mount and Poet’s Walk, HOST, and the Oxbow Trail are now open. Some outlying trails (JMJ Nature Preserve) will be flagged and closed until further notice.
Recently, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust was the recipient of a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Tananbaum of New York City of an exceptionally fine late eighteenth-century, Philadelphia tambour desk and bookcase. Firmly attributed to John Aitken (1770-1814), this tambour desk and bookcase is virtually identical to one made by the cabinetmaker for President George Washington that is now at Mount Vernon and is documented as having cost $145.00 and as being delivered to Washington’s home in Philadelphia on March 13, 1797 . The only difference between President Washington’s tambour desk and bookcase and the one given to …more
Watch videos from the recent concert series, The Classical Ideal: Music and Architecture in Harmony highlighting the themes of classicism and romanticism resonant not only in music but also in the architecture and decorative arts of three historic classical homes – Edgewater, Ayr Mount, and Millford. This concert series, presented in September 2017, featured Robert deMaine (CAHPT’s Director of Music and Principal Cellist, Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Simon Adda-Reyss (Associate Professor of Keyboard Studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris). Click here to read more about the musicians. Ayr Mount, Hillsborough, NC West Parlor Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Ludwig …more
The Cèilidh at Ayr, celebrating the Kirkland family’s Scottish heritage, was held on Saturday, October 21st at Ayr Mount. The crowd of over 450 people enjoyed a day of music, friendship, crisp autumnal weather, and Scottish stories. Piobadh na Triantan (Gaelic for Piping in the Triangle) opened the festival with their rousing bagpipes filling the autumn air. John Saxon and Evelyn Judson piped during the mid-day session and explained how the bagpipe works plus a bit about the history of the instrument. Interspersed with the bagpipes were two Celtic bands. Hailing from Alabama, Chambless & Muse (comprised of Jil Chambless …more