Ayr Mount Historic Site, Hillsborough

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Ayr Mount is a Federal style plantation house located east of Hillsborough, in Orange County, North Carolina, the United States of America.
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."
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  • Ayr Mount is a Federal style plantation. Ayr Mount was built in 1799 when William Kirkland bought 500 acres.. I could give you lots of history about Ayr Mount,but would rather tell you every time I....  more »
  • This spacious and well-maintained property is an ideal place to relax, enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise on its wooded pathway, following the banks of the Eno River. It is never crowded but is....  more »
  • Really nice privately owned and operated park. It's just as nice if not nicer than many public parks. Admission is free with a donation suggested. It's a very nice place to walk with its well maintained grounds and beautiful scenery. Definitely not as big as state parks but well worth the visit.
  • 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!

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