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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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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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Interesting history and tour

We were here on a very uncrowded day and got a great tour of the house. One in our party has trouble with steps and they worked closely with us to maximize her experience. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Kennesaw, Georgia
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Kennesaw, Georgia
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were here on a very uncrowded day and got a great tour of the house. One in our party has trouble with steps and they worked closely with us to maximize her experience. The house and furnishings are well preserved and definitely worth a stop if you have an interest in American history.

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Baton Rouge
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The estate was well maintained, the staff is extremely knowledgeable. The grounds are well maintained as well as the out buildings. I would recommend this attraction to anyone that is interested in history or old houses.

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Louisville, KY
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115 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Gorgeous home with lots of history! Almost all pieces original to the home and well preserved. Wasn't sure what to expect, and was pleasantly surprised. You will want to spend roughly 2 hours to see it all. The tour lasts an hour, but come early and see the film that is roughly 15 min. and then tour the grounds afterwards... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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7 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Henry Clay came to his Ashland home as a getaway from the pressures of D.C. politics. The property has some unique features that the typical historic home does not - independent power generation and the biggest ice houses I've ever seen. There are also Ginkgo trees that must be almost 200 YO on the grounds. The admission price is reasonable,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the time to come here, its well worth it. If you don't know about Henry Clay this is your chance to learn.

Thank kathy1701
Georgetown, Kentucky
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to visit on a beautiful Sunday fall afternoon, arrived early for a 3:00pm tour. Checked in and we were advised rate was $10.00 per person, we paid $20.00 cash for my husband and myself. However, cashier only rang in a sale of $18.00, which we found very odd. Next we were greeted abruptly and gruffly by an elderly tour... More 

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Kate H, Director of Tour Operations at Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We would like to address some of your concerns in the hopes that we may clarify a few things for you and for future visitors. Photography is not permitted in the house due to it being a security risk to the collection. As an alternative, we provide postcards featuring images from the house in our... More 

Athens, Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It rained on the day that we had this trip scheduled, so we almost didn't go because we knew we would not be able to walk around the grounds. But we had nothing better to do, so we went anyways. The tour guide was knowledgeable. I did not know much about Henry Clay, so I enjoyed learning about him and... More 

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West Orange, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went there while in region on a trip.The tour was very well run and the docent was terrific.She gave a history lesson that was instructive and well delivered.It's good to see how volunteers give their time and effort to share the legacy of their country with us. Well done.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The current mansion and its 17!acre site adjacent to the University of Kentucky in Lexington is a moving tribute by Henry Clay's son, James Brown Clay. The enter Clay had been one of Early America's great Representatives in The Hiuse, Senator from Kentucky, Ans Secretary of State as well as a three-time Presidential Candidate. He literally kept the country from... More 

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Vincennes, IN
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36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A trip to this estate is well worth your time. The guides are very informative and the house has many interesting things to see. It's a large home with about 20 rooms. Very nice property inside and out.

Thank ccchVincennes_IN

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