The earliest actual record we have of certain occupation and use of the land is a map drawn in 1768. That map shows a farmstead alongside a road. It is possible that when the map was made that farmstead belonged to a Quaker family named Few. If it was, by the middle of 1771 there wasn't much left of the farmstead as the Governor's troops trashed the Few farm at Hillsborough in retaliation for Quaker support of an insurrection, or so the authorities said. For a reprise of Ayr Mount's ownership record see Steve Rankin's excellent work.
Near the site, and probably part of the original land holding is land known locally as 100 Acre Field. Ayr Mount's owners used it as cattle pasturage. They would trail cows and other cattle out from the barns and stock pens near the main house and these trail drives have some local memory. It is a short distance but it is a safe bet that young folks earned a little something by helping keep the stock together during the move. This field earlier is likely to have served Governor Tryon, Lord Cornallis, and possibly General Greene as a military camp ground before and during the American Revolution.
Every time we visit this site we find something new, so we will be keeping an eye out to improve what we know about the place before it became a "Ayr Mount."