Ayr Mount Historic Site
Visitor Information376 St. Mary's Rd
Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278
Hours: Open March 21 through Dec. 20. Guided tours given: Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat at 11:00 am Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun at 2:00 pm Large groups welcome year round with appointment.
National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount: 10% off merchandise in Museum or Gift Shop.Ayr Mount, a Federal-style plantation house built in 1815 just outside historic Hillsborough, N.C. was home to William Kirkland and four generations of the Kirkland family for the next 170 years. In 1985 the house was purchased by Richard H. Jenrette, who meticulously restored and furnished Ayr Mount with period antiques and decorative arts, including many original Kirkland furnishings. Ayr Mount's classical architectural design, with a two-story central block and flanking single story wings on either side, became the prototype for many similar houses in North Carolina in coming years. It is surrounded by 285 acres of protected land.