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Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate

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Address: 120 Sycamore Road, Lexington, KY 40502
Phone Number: +1 859-266-8581
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Description: The site of celebrated statesman Henry Clay's original 672-acre estate...
The site of celebrated statesman Henry Clay's original 672-acre estate that once grew hemp, tobacco and grain is now a museum and National Historic Landmark, where visitors can tour the reconstructed 18-room mansion, grounds and beautiful gardens.
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Wonderful piece of history

This wonderful piece of history located at the edge of the downtown, The house tour is very informative and the guides are knowledgeable. There are a lot of original items in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This wonderful piece of history located at the edge of the downtown, The house tour is very informative and the guides are knowledgeable. There are a lot of original items in the house. The out buildings and the gardens are another treat especially if the flowers are blooming. This is a great companion tour to the Mary Todd Lincoln house... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Good quality tour of the estate of Henry Clay - informative tour and extensive gardens are beautiful and a great way to spend 1 to 2 hours of time

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

It's an amazing property that makes one wish modern demolition of historic facilities never would happen. It's a beautiful historic home located on a corner of a busy street, with lots of acreage not seen on properties these days. It's such a pretty home that one can only hope it never becomes part of the demolition trend Lexington, Kentucky embraces.... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The grounds are free and they contain several informative displays and plaques. You can also walk into the grounds buildings. To enter the main house, the admission is $10.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Henry Clay, often called "The Great Pacificator" was a US Senator and Secretary of State in the early 1800's. His beautiful home and estate sits right in the middle of Lexington, Ky. Ashland has been well-maintained and preserved and Henry Clay's life and accomplishments are told to all visitors who visit this special piece of history.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The gardens were beautiful and the house has been filled with furniture and accessories to duplicate the house Henry Clay lived in. Lots to see.

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I visited Ashland on my last day in Kentucky, before heading to the airport. It was a rainy day and I arrived right at 10:00am when it opened. I was lucky enough to get a private tour since no one else was there that early! My tour guide, Mike G., was fantastic. Knowledgeable, eager to answer questions, and overall very... More 

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Dayton, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This house is beautifully preserved with many of the pieces being original to the house. The tour staff was very helpful, we arrived right as a school bus had arrived, so they snuck us into a tour that was already in progress, then after the school kids were through we started at the start of another tour to capture what... More 

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Washington State
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Excellent commentary by the tour guide. Large house stuffed with amazing period pieces, many from the Clay family themselves. We visited on a spring Sunday and the lawns were white with spring beauties. The outbuildings were also fascinating...especially the privy.

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Lynwood,IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We have seen the sign often on I75 in KY. "Henry Clay Estate" Took the time to stop, about 10 minutes off of the interstate. We enjoy history and hearing about it. Guide was knowledgeable and the price was fair. AAA discount!! Henry Clay was a decent man, senator, and helped his own community of Lexington. Check it out. You... More 

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