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Ayr Mount Historic Site

376 St Mary's Rd, Hillsborough, NC
+1 919-732-6886
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Hillsborough
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Ayr Mount is an 1815 Federal-style plantation house built by William Kirkland of Ayr, Scotland...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Ayr Mount is an 1815 Federal-style plantation house built by William Kirkland of Ayr, Scotland. During a guided tour you will hear about the family who resided here for 4 generations, the interesting architecture, local history, and the restoration process. Purchased in 1985 by Richard H. Jenrette it is now furnished with original Kirkland pieces, museum quality antiques by Duncan Phyfe and others, plus beautiful decorative arts of the period. Conveniently located just minutes from Chapel Hill and Durham. Tours given Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat at 11 AM and Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun at 2 PM. $12 Per person, cash only.

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

This is a quiet and lovely place to visit. Bring your dog for a brisk walk on the wooded trail. The trail is medium terrain and I wouldn't recommend it for very young children or disabled, unless they are assisted.

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Ayr Mount is about a 1-mile walk through woods & fields, by the Eno River & a pond, which often has turtles & fish to enjoy. It is well maintained & depending on the season there are beautiful flower beds as well as wild flowers; always something to see & enjoy. Hillsborough is a neat little town with many assets... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I am fortunate to live down the street from Ayr Mount, as it continuously draws me to its beauty. The inside of the house is furnished impeccably with priceless antiques which perfectly complement the stunning moldings and art work. For me though...it is the grounds and the trail which beckon me for I love to be out in nature and... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I've never actually been inside the home, but I've run or walked the 1 mile trail around the property at least 30 times. Landscape varies from riverside to rolling hills, and I never ever tire of it. The people that take care of this property really care about it, and it shows! There is a fee for the home tour,... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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36 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Ayr Mount should not be missed! Superb house, and the grounds are wonderful to relax in. The Poet's Walk is a grand meander through the woods around the bottom land of the home site. Before long, it should be connected to Hillsborough's River Walk. Highly recommended! Be sure to find out if home open to the public when you want... More 

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The grounds are beautiful with the lovely Poet's Walk. You can walk your leashed pet too! Sadly, the home is not always open as was the case this time.

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Nc Triangle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Ayr Mount captures the best of all worlds and has something for everyone. A spectacular federalist home, painstakingly restored, sitting in the heart of NC's Piedmont region. Beautiful and tranquil vistas allow one to sit and relax or enjoy a hike on "Poet's Walk" that traverses riverbanks, pastures and forests for about a mile. I've been able to visit during... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Pat the docent is full of knowledge and tidbits about the family and the house. Beautiful grounds for walking.

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

When you visit Hillsborough don't forget to visit Ayr Mount. From the visitor center, where we parked our car, it's a 4 minute drive to the historic site. Entry is free for the Poet's Walk. 1 mile walk, though the land and through some little forest. You have a nice view over the large house. We didn't visit it, because... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We visited for a family hike around poets walk. This is a great location for a walk/hike with a BOB type off-road stroller. My 1 year old son loved it.

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