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Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate

120 Sycamore Road, Lexington, KY 40502
859-266-8581
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Ranked #10 of 52 attractions in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Crossville, Tennessee
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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed the tour of Henry Clay's home and the history of the man and his family. Got insight into the reason why Henry Clay has consistently been named the most significant US Senator.

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Cobleskill, New York
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40 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We didn't tour the home, but spent a pleasant (free!) time wandering the grounds reading the informative signs and enjoying the gardens. We got to see Henry Clay's carriage and imagine what it would have been like to travel for hundreds of miles in it along dirt roads. Definitely worth a visit!

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Goshen, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

A good tour guide can make or break a tour of an historic site. Our tour guide was very good. There is a balance between the man and his historic house on the tour.

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Bsg
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

The tour guide was awesome. I don't remember his name but he was excellent. There was an elderly lady in the group. He was very observant to realize she needed to be seated. He got her a chair and carried it from room to room for her. Very impressive ! He was very knowledgeable and kept our interest the entire... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We showed up for a tour on a Sunday at 2 p.m. All the brochures and website stated the house tours started at 1 p.m. on Sundays. If this is no longer the case, the website should be updated immediately. The good: you can enjoy the grounds and peer in one of the windows to see the inside. The grounds... More

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Sydney, Australia
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250 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

What am amazing man! I had never heard of him and this tour of his home reveals a lot. The house is beautiful and well preserved. A definite Lexington must-do.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Don't miss this amazing historic treasure close to downtown - wandering around the estate you feel transported to a beautiful southern estate and grounds. The grounds are beautiful, including gardens and a nice walk around the estate - great signage around the estate which gives great information. The guides are amazing and well worth the price of tours. It is... More

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otispark
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

The knowledgeable and personable docent/guide made visiting this exhibition well worth the effort to see it.

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Lexington, KY
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Henry Clay's original estate extended all the way to the Kentucky River, but over time was distributed out to become the average that now comprises the estate. The house is beautiful with handcrafted furniture and decor. Tours are a bit costly, but the money goes to the foundation that keeps the home and gardens at their best. Their are often... More

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Cincinnati
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Having originally planned to hike at the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary in Lexington, my husband suggested we switch plans and visit Henry Clay's estate instead due to inclement weather. SO GLAD we made the switch! We paid $10/person for a 1 hour tour (kids are $5). In my opinion, it was worth every penny! Docent Ben Briggs MADE the day!... More

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