Friends and supporters gathered at the front portico of Millford. (Photo: Megan Manus.)
Spring Picnic at Millford Plantation
Barbecue benefit in Pinewood, South Carolina
Saturday, April 9th
On Saturday, April 9th more than 250 people gathered in Pinewood, South Carolina for a barbecue picnic benefitting Millford Plantation. It was a beautiful day filled with people from all over South Carolina as well as the rest of the country. Guests included descendants of the Hampton, Manning, and Clark families who have all lived at Millford. Local favorites such as barbecued pulled pork, fried chicken, corn pie, and banana pudding were served under a festive white tent. Please see photos (on left) from the day and click here for more pictures
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Millford Plantation built in 1839-41, located in the heart of the state, approximately 45 minutes drive from Columbia or 2 hours drive from Charleston, was donated to Classical American Homes Preservation Trust in 2008 by Richard H. Jenrette. Millford is considered by many to be the finest example of Greek Revivial architecture in America. Currently, a designated National Historical Landmark, Millford is as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside. Most of the original furniture designed by Duncan Phyfe & Sons in New York never left the house and can be viewed in situ with the Manning portraits of three generations of South Carolinian Governors and their families who lived in the mansion. For more information on its history - for example, the story of how Millford survived the Civil War - please visit our website
or see Adventures with Old Houses
Archives of American Art at Ayr Mount
News from Hillsborough, North Carolina
Saturday, April 9th
North Carolina was awash with dogwoods, azaleas, tulips, redbuds, and cherry blossoms in early April. This blanket of color welcomed the Smithsonian Archives of American Art's visit for four days in the State. Ayr Mount played host to the group of two dozen on Saturday, April 9th. They heard about the history of the Kirkland family (four generations), the exceptional Federal-style architecture, and the collection of early 19th century fine and decorative arts. They even got to hear a bit of the North Carolina State song, The Old North State, written by William Gaston who is related to the Kirklands through marriage. Many thanks to Olivier Bernier, distinguished lecturer and author for sharing his expertise on our engraving of the Tuileries and our Federal gilt pier mirror with verre églomisé. He was also kind enough to autograph his book, Pleasure and Privilege: Life in France, Naples, and America, 1770-90, which is in our library. The group picnicked with boxed lunches before heading off to the airport. In honor of William Kirkland's heritage the group left with Scottish dainties to eat on their way home.
Musical Trio at The Baker House
Salt Bay Chamberfest in New York City
Sunday, March 27th
On Sunday, March 27th, the Salt Bay Chamberfest presented an afternoon of Maine artisanal foods and great music in the drawing room of The Baker House. Many gathered to hear a program that included Franz Schubert and a composition by Derek Bermel.
Schubert's piece was performed by The Variation String Trio, an energetic and dynamic ensemble of string players, who were founded in 2005 and have performed in chamber music series across the United States and in Europe. The members of the trio are Jennifer Koh (violin), Hsin-Yun Huang (viola), and Wilhelmina Smith (cello and the founding Artistic Director of Salt Bay Chamberfest). The afternoon's presentation also featured Derek Beremel, a composer of chamber, symphonic, dance, theater, and pop works. His versatility and virtuosity is hailed as a clarinetist and conductor, as well as a jazz and rock musician. As a composer, Bermel has received the Rome Prize, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others. For this afternoon's presentation, he played a work entitled, "Thracian Sketches" to an enthusiastic audience.
Antiques Week in Charleston
Evening on the Battery at the Roper House
March 16th - 20th
During the excitement and bustle of Antiques Week in Charleston, over 125 visitors gathered at the Roper House for an evening of cocktails and talks given by CAHPT Executive Director and Curator, Margize Howell; Peter M. Kenny, the Ruth Bigelow Rifton Curator of American Decorative Arts & Administrator of The American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Ralph Harvard III, antiquarian, architectural historian and interior designer of Ralph Harvard. Inc.; J. Thomas Savage, Director of Museum Affairs of the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library; and Paul F. (Chip) Callaway, Landscape Architect of Callaway & Associates, Inc. This prominent group of scholars spoke about the architecture, furnishings and gardens of this 1838 house built for the cotton planter Robert William Roper. The evening culminated in cocktails on the rooftop and piazza as attendees overlooked the Charleston Harbor to a spectacular full moon.
The evening was one of many exciting lectures and events presented by the 2011 Charleston Art and Antiques Forum which coincides each year with Historic Charleston Foundation’s Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens and International Antiques Show. Between the three major events the city was alive with visitors interested in Charleston arts and architectural history and Roper House rose to the occasion at the center of it all. (Photo above: clockwise - Robert Leath from MESDA, Margaret Pritchard from Colonial Williamsburg, Sumpter Priddy of Sumpter Priddy Antiques, and Lee Stuart of Sumpter Priddy Antiques.)
New York City - Winter Antiques Show Week
The Baker Houses host a lecture, reception and tours
January 21st - 22nd, 2011
Although unusually snowy and chilly in the Big Apple this January, the Winter Antiques Show once again dazzled and drew many new and old friends to New York City. Helping to thaw this cold front was the extraordinary loan exhibition from Charleston, "Grandeur Preserved: Masterworks Presented by Historic Charleston Foundation," with over 50 objects from cultural institutions and private collections in Charleston. We were pleased to have many Charlestonians and others visit us during this week at The Baker Houses, the Delano & Aldrich-designed family complex on East 93rd Street between Park and Madison Avenues. Intrepid members of Historic Charleston Foundation, Young Georgians and the Philadelphia Antiques Show came for tours despite 20-inch tall snow banks outside our doors.
Lee Manigault, who lives at the Miles Brewton House with her family in Charleston, lectured about this exceptional mid-18th Century house, both from a personal and historical perspective, to members from the Decorative Arts Trust and the American Friends of the Georgian Group on January 21st. The lecture was held in the 2 story garage at 69 East 93rd Street which was built as a carriage house by the George Baker family, which now serves as the headquarters for Classical American Homes Preservation Trust. Following the lecture, a reception was held next door at 67 East 93rd Street, Dick Jenrette's residence.
Audience at Lee Manigault's talk. / Penny Hunt from the DAT, Lee Manigault, Robert Leath from MESDA, and Clifford Harvard. / Outside The Baker Houses.
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Exploring the Hudson Valley with
Columbia Museum of Art
is exploring the Hudson River Valley this October 17th - 21st. Join the group as they begin their trip in New York City and make their way upriver.
This package includes a visit to Edgewater, Mr. Jenrette's house in Barrytown, NY (see photo to the right). An itinerary
for the five-day trip is available for download here, along with the registration form. For more information, please visit the Columbia Museum of Art's website.
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