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Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate

120 Sycamore Road, Lexington, KY 40502
859-266-8581
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Ranked #8 of 57 Attractions in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: The home of celebrated statesman Henry Clay, a 600-acre estate that once grew hemp, tobacco and grain is now a museum and National Historic Landmark,... more » Owner description: The home of celebrated statesman Henry Clay, a 600-acre estate that once grew hemp, tobacco and grain is now a museum and National Historic Landmark, where visitors can tour the 18-room mansion, grounds and beautiful gardens. « less
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Pratt, KS
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We spent a morning here enjoying the tour and then the beautiful grounds. Our tour guide was quite knowledgeable and shared with us many facts about the family. I think our favorite part was the garden, though and visiting with a local out walking his dog.

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Augusta, GA
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208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The tour is first rate. One of the best things about the house is that there is a large quantity of Clay family items in the home. Many of those items provide a lot of insight into Clay's psyche. He was a bit of a hypocrite about owning slaves but being anti-slavery in public. He apparently was the greatest orator... More

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Virginia Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Got to admit the staff, paid and volunteer do a wonderful job at preserving the artifacts at Ashland. I could be biased, my daughter did a college internship during the summer and of course talked me into taking a tour after she was finished. It was well worth it, went during an open house, each room had a volunteer to... More

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Kentucky
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61 reviews 61 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I had heard about Ashland for most of my adult life. My daughter lived down the street. We drove by when we visited. BUT WE NEVER STOPPED. What a mistake. Ashland is well worth your time to visit - devote a couple of hours, at most, and enjoy the history.

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Corydon, Kentucky
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The tour of Henry Clay's Ashland Estate reveals a lot of information about the life of Henry Clay, probably Kentucky's most famous politician. The tour provided an interesting glimpse into the varied experiences of Clay. Many of the furnishings in the house are also said to be authentic to the Clay family. While the current house is not the original... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of this house, and it's vast, shaded surrounding land. The house has been recently restored with thousands of actual Clay artifacts, and has beautiful oak and ash trim throughout the house. The Library is absolutely stunning. The tours are from 10-3pm on the hour (last tour at 3). The grounds techniquely close at... More

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Annapolis, MD
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I was expecting early 1800's but found late 1800's Italianate, Victorian. That said, the tour was very informative and the woman in the gift shop particularly helpful.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Ashland is a historical gem; the home is an attraction as is the walled garden and the grounds - especially when the peonie garden is in bloom. Walking hallowed ground here, for sure. Worth a visit.

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Phenix City, al.
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I remember studying about Henry Clay in school, but this site brings all of that into focus. I learned more in 1 1/2 hours than I did in school. A vital link in our country's history and worth the visit.

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St. Louis, MO
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18 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I've toured many historical houses, and this one is definitely in my top 10! I didn't know much about Henry Clay going into this tour, but the docent was very informative. The tour was so interesting that it prompted me to learn more about Henry Clay's history after the tour. If you are visiting the area, and also visit the... More

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