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 Millford from destruction during the Civil War?
a) Helen Beatrix Potter
b) Harry James Potter
c) Brig. Gen. Edward Elmer Potter
d) Gen. William T. Sherman
6. What does the Guggenheim Museum have in common with the Roper House?
a) Roper House’s architect was the great-uncle of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim’s architect
b) Robert William Roper was Solomon Guggenheim’s close friend
c) the spiral design of the Guggenheim Museum was said to be in interpretive “modern columns” inspired by the Roper House
d) Solomon Guggenheim, who built his namesake museum, once owned and resided at the Roper House
7. Which house belonged to a prominent banker who founded Citibank?
8. President George Washington didn’t necessarily sleep there, however he keeps “watch” at these two houses.
9. Which one of our houses was owned by the same family for 170 years?
10. Column-mania —
Which house has the most columns?
Which is the only house with Corinthian columns?
Name two houses with Doric columns?
Name two with Ionic columns?
11. Which house survived the Civil War, 1886 Earthquake, Hurricane Hugo and Sofia Vergara’s visit?
12. Owned originally by French Count DuVal, this oldest home in the collection was used as a monastery and later functioned as a sugar cane plantation under the ownership of Scotch-Irish planters.
13.Which house did Dick Jenrette like so much, he bought it twice? Hint-hint: it’s in New York, New York.
14. The Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail, a 1-mile oval track adjacent to Ayr Mount, served what purpose before it was turned into stretches of scenic trails?
a) mysterious crop circle
b) the original NASCAR racetrack before NASCAR moved to Talladega/Daytona Beach
c) a popular Occaneechi Indian sports arena
d) all of the above
15. Which house had a “sister” house, Millwood, which was burned down in the Civil War?
16. Which house has a documented collection of Duncan Phyfe furniture that accidentally fell in the Cape Fear River in transit to Fayetteville, NC and returned over 100 years later from a descendant living in Spain?
17. This house was designed by Delano & Aldrich as part of a family compound complete with a private railroad car and spur for easy rail travel to the owners’ country house.
18. Which house shares its lead architect, Dr. William Thornton, with the White House?
19. If Scarlett O’Hara had not returned to Tara, which house would she choose?
20. True or False. One of Dick Jenrette’s requisites for Classical American Homes is to enjoy these old houses and have fun with them!