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Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate

Address: 120 Sycamore Road, Lexington, KY 40502
Phone Number: +1 859-266-8581
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Ranked #14 of 124 things to do in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Gardens, Nature & wildlife areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The site of celebrated statesman Henry Clay's original 672-acre estate that once grew hemp, tobacco...
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Type: Historic sites, Gardens, Nature & wildlife areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Gainesville, Florida
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121 reviews 121 reviews
72 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

I love older homes, but mostly from the outside. The insides are pretty much all the same with period furniture and that musty smell of age, but the outside is fresh and full of life. Telling of the land owner and his hobbies and/or business. There is no exception to this at Henry Clays Estate with its beautiful yet simple... More 

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Chicago, IL
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53 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Loved this home and more of the story of statesman Henry Clay. The docent was good, the home was beautiful. I wish there had been more information given though on his life. We were there in October so the gardens were basically brown. It would be beautiful in the summer. There were a few more small buildings which includes a... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Ashland is a great place to spend your afternoon in Lexington. The house tour is historical and you learn a lot of information about Henry Clay and his family. The most beautiful landscaped garden in Kentucky. It is worth stopping to take a look.

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snjmom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Well maintained. Easy to find. Near downtown Lexington. Good parking. Inexpensive entrance fee. Outside grounds can be an enjoyable walk or exercise break. No fee for grounds or looping continuous movie inside the estate. Neat little souvenir nook. WORTH A VISIT. Keep history alive.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The outside of the estate and gardens were beautiful. The tour inside the home was rather bland. No pics allowed, either. I would personally not return for a second time.

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Springboro
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We didn't have time to wait to go on the full guided tour, but this is still a very cool stop. I did not realize how powerful and influntial Henry Clay was.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It is a very pleasant oasis in the middle of downtown Lexington, KY. There has been a lot of work done on the acrage lately and the walking paths have all been all upgraded. The staff is courteous, knowledgable, and willing to offer any assistance as needed. The 100' pine tree lighting is always memorable in December.as are the other... More 

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Ashland the home of Henry Clay who was a statesman is a very well maintained historical home worth the effort to see. The home is filled with period antiques and many belonged to the Clay Family. A place to see.

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lexington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a lovely place to take your mom or grandma. I know they have place for lunch during the warmer months. And the garden is what dreams are made of, and many people go there just to take wedding photos. I have taken the tour, and it is interesting....but it has been awhile. They do period things and that... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Fun afternoon! We toured the mansion and heard all about history. My husband and I did it for a date day. The gardens were beautiful. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

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