Visit Ayr Mount Sunday
Preservation North Carolina will hold a brunch at Ayr Mount this Sunday. Visitors will also be able to tour three additional properties in Hillsborough and Chapel Hill that are protected through easements with Preservation NC.
Ayr Mount, built in 1815, is a grand Federal-era plantation house which features 14-foot ceilings and outstanding woodwork throughout the house. It was built by William Kirkland and remained in the family for 170 years. The home and grounds, now part of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and the Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation, are open for tours. Preservation NC holds a conservation easement on more than 165 acres of land along the Eno River.
Guests may also tour the 1768 Nash-Hooper House in Hillsborough, one of North Carolina’s 38 National Historic Landmarks. It was the home of William Hooper, a signer of the Declaration of Independence for North Carolina. The house was built by Francis Nash, a Revolutionary War hero and general.
In Chapel Hill, the Hooper-Kyser House (1814) and Edward Kidder Graham House (1906) will be open. The Hooper-Kyser House, built in 1814 for William Hooper (grandson of the signer of the Declaration of Independence) a professor of Ancient Languages, is an excellent example of a Federal style farm house. The Edward Kidder Graham House is a recently-restored house that is the only private home associated with three giants of North Carolina history. Edward Kidder Graham and Frank Porter Graham were first cousins who both became president of UNC Chapel Hill. Frank went on to become president of the consolidated university system in 1931, leaving in 1949 to become a U.S. Senator. Edward Kidder Graham’s wife, Susan Williams Moses Graham, was an advocate for expanding educational opportunities for women in North Carolina.
RSVP for brunch (11 a.m.-2p.m.) and tours (1-5 p.m.) required by calling 919-832-3652 ext. 229 or at PreservationNC.org.
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Parity for Huntington’s
I am writing to strongly urge my representative to cosponsor the Huntington’s Disease Parity Act of 2013 (H.R. 1015) and to ask my senators to cosponsor the Senate Companion, S. 723. If passed, the Huntington’s Disease Parity Act would make it easier for people with HD to receive Social Security Disability and Medicare Benefits.
Huntington’s disease (HD) is a progressive, terminal neurological disorder with no cure and no treatment. Every person with HD becomes totally dependent upon others for his or her care. There are approximately 31,900 Huntington's patients in the United States. Those individuals in turn directly impact an estimated 160,000 caregivers, spouses, and dependents.
When my cousin was diagnosed at age 34, I witnessed her family's struggle to cover her medical expenses and after two years to be approved for Medicare. These two years bankrupted the family financially and emotionally.
Allowing these individuals to receive SSDI and timely Medicare Benefits would go a long way to easing the financial strains on families and state resources.
By cosponsoring the Huntington’s Disease Parity Act of 2013, members of Congress can show their support for not only for this family, but the nearly 1,000,000 Americans who are touched by this terrible disease.