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Ayr Mount Historic Site

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Address: 376 St Mary's Rd, Hillsborough, NC
Phone Number: +1 919-732-6886
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Description: Ayr Mount is an 1815 Federal-style plantation house built by William...
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 March 15 through December 15 on Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat at 11 AM and Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun at 2 PM. (Other times by appointment only.) $12 Per person, cash only.
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A Lovely Place when you're near Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill

My daughter and I visited on a sunny, cool Sunday in late March. We and one other couple were the only people taking the house tour, and our guide was the manager of the entire... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

My daughter and I visited on a sunny, cool Sunday in late March. We and one other couple were the only people taking the house tour, and our guide was the manager of the entire site. The renovation of this historic building, history of its owners, the collected furnishings inside, even "under the staircase" were all explained to us in... More 

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DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Was wonderful. Its an interesting house, and the last owner did a great job with his 1980s renovation. The duck press in particular was unique, and it had a good amount of original furnishings.

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Mebane, North Carolina
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6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We have been enjoying the Poet's Walk at Ayr Mount for years. It is a lovely and well-kept trail that meanders along the Eno River. It is generally a quiet and serene place to take a walk, have a picnic, and enjoy nature. However, the past few times we have visited, there were mowers, mulchers, chainsaws, etc. that ruined the... More 

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Raleigh, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We had a most enjoyable tour. Unfortunately I do not remember our tour guide name but she had a great knowledge of the house, property, and the families that had owned it. She gave a fast moving tour with a good amount but not too detailed info. We were very glad we had taken the tour. There was plenty of... More 

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1815Schatzie, Manager at Ayr Mount Historic Site, responded to this review

Hello Raleigh traveler. Thanks so much for visiting Ayr Mount. We are glad you enjoyed your tour and wanted to share your experience on Trip Advisor. Sounds like you had a typical tour as we strive to provide information about the house, family and furnishings according to the interest of our visitors. We do have a restroom for tour goers... More 

Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Such a beautiful place to visit and walk..peaceful. Get to stroll past a lovely historic home (never went in there though, yet). Nicely marked paths, stroll across the river, a reflecting pond. Enjoy!

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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

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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35 helpful votes 35 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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