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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 58 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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Corydon, Kentucky
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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113 reviews 113 reviews
30 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
9 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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Berea, Kentucky
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Not too expensive, well managed landscape and very interesting house. Go on a pretty day to get the full enjoyment of the property.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It costs to visit the house, and see the interior of Henry Clay's home. However, you can walk the grounds where Henry walked for no charge. Lovely residential area.

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Durand, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Great tour. Was on our scavenger hunt. My daughter remembers learning about him in high school. This is a tour you would want to see of his beautiful place.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This historic home is a "must see" if you are in the area. The estate is immaculate and the restoration magnificent. Reasonable tour price. Extremely informative docents.

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