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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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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The site of celebrated statesman Henry Clay's original 672-acre estate that...

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. **PLEASE NOTE: The house is closed seasonally in January and February. We will open on our normal hours on March 1, 2016**

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Very informative

The Clay house tour was Great! Our guide was very knowledgable and answered many questions that we had about the history of the house and Henry Clay.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Clay house tour was Great! Our guide was very knowledgable and answered many questions that we had about the history of the house and Henry Clay.

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Auburn, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

I took a group of my students by here as we were leaving out of Kentucky. Didnt know it was closed on Sundays. Wish I would have known I would have gone by a day before. We only got a chance to walk around the outside grounds

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

this beautifully and authentically furnished house was the home of one of the mid-19th century's greatest American statesmen, Henry Clay. the tour combines commentary on his political career with interesting information about the house and it's (largely original) furnishings

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Ashland was the home of Henry Clay, THE Statesman of Kentucky. He was well respected by members of Congress and the House of Representatives from "both sides of the aisle". Yes, he was a slave owner and could have treated some of them better but he eventually became an early proponent of the abolition of slavery in America. His home... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Any person interested in Kentucky history should include a visit to Ashland. As the home of one of the greatest politicians this country has produced and the greatest Kentucky politician, it is a must!! The home is modest and very cozy especially for such a great man. I repeat it is a must for any history buff to visit Ashland.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Loved the great information! The tour guide was wonderful! So knowledgeable and great rapport with the group! The house is well maintained!!!! The attraction is free, however, the tour does come with a cost. It is well worth it, though!!!

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

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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