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
Read the latest in news and goings-on at Classical American Homes in our Summer 2019 Newsletter! Peter Kenny discusses our latest acquisitions at Millford Updates from the Clemson University / College of Charleston Historic Preservation Program’s Historic Structures Report at Roper House Summer tours and visits from various educational groups and more!
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