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
Saturday, October 21 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM A Scottish festival of music and dancing to make your heart sing and your kilt swing! Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy a fun and relaxing day. Take a stroll on the Poet’s Walk, visit the Eno River, play in the Children’s (“Wee Bairns”) Play Area, have Fish ‘n Chips from a food truck, and maybe even see the Loch Ayr Monster! Tickets: $15 Adult in advance ($20 on the day of the event) *Please quit and restart your browser if the ticketing page states tickets are no longer available. …more
Click on the image of the Summer / Spring 2017 Newsletter (at right) to read the latest issue. In this issue: Read about the history of music at our houses, in “Tradition of Music Continues at Classical American Homes Preservation Trust” and listen to a sample of period harp music, similar to what Mrs. Donaldson might have played at Edgewater. Catch up on the latest news regarding the Conservation of Capitals at Millford, including detailed images of the disassembly of the capital and the discoveries during the process. An update from Ayr Mount and what’s new on the trails! …more
This event is sold out. Please join us next time! Not to be missed! Come to Ayr Mount for a very special program at this historic house. The Classical Ideal: Music and Architecture in Harmony is a concert that highlights the themes of classicism and romanticism resonant not only in music but also in the architecture and decorative arts of this historic classical home. The Kirkland’s original late eighteenth-century, London-made pianoforte, will be played by Simon Adda-Reyss. A three-part concert series, featuring Robert deMaine (CAHPT’s Director of Music and Principal Cellist, Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Simon Adda-Reyss (Associate Professor of Keyboard Studies at …more