Ayr Mount Historic Site, Hillsborough
Ayr Mount is a Federal style plantation house located east of Hillsborough, in Orange County, North Carolina, the United States of America.Start your trip to Hillsborough by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
In 1799, William Kirkland (born in Ayr, Scotland) bought 500acre east of Hillsborough. Circa 1815, he had a home built for himself, his wife, Margaret, and their children. The brick dwelling consists of a two-story, three bay main block flanked by one-story, two bay wings. It features a one-story, full width front porch added about 1894.
The Kirkland family lived at Ayr Mount for four generations, with the last Kirkland, Mrs. Samuel (Emily) Kirkland, residing at Ayr Mount until 1985.
The property had gone through several owners prior to Kirkland's purchase of the property, the most well-known being William Few, Jr., whose father, William Few, Sr., had a house built on the property c. 1764.
Today, Ayr Mount is a publicly accessible historic site located on 265acre. It is owned and operated by Classical American Homes Preservation Trust. The home has been furnished with Federal period antiques and decorative art, including some original Kirkland furnishings. Ayr Mount features guided house tours and the one-mile (1.6 km) hiking trail the "Poet's Walk."
Ayr Mount Historic Site Reviews
I toured Ayr Mount in early March 2019 with a group of 18 college students. This comfortable c. 1815 home is well worth a visit. Our guide was very knowledgeable and she took us through the entire hou... more »
We really enjoyed our walk on the Nature trail along the Eno River and even spotted a snake. We didn't allow enough time to tour the house but we will.return to do that soon. more »
Ayr Mount is one of my favorite places to go for walks. The path is well maintained & the grounds are nicely tended. It's cool that a lot of the trees are labeled so you can learn how to identify them. I like that the trail follows along the Eno River for a bit. I've also been on numerous picnics near the pond. Ayr Mount would be a great place to have a outdoor party or wedding!
I didn't go inside the house and get a tour, but I thought the gardens were absolutely beautiful and walking on the paths of the forest made me feel like I was in a fairy garden! I am definitely going back and I hope I have just as much fun.
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