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Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate

120 Sycamore Road, Lexington, KY 40502
+1 859-266-8581
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Ranked #7 of 49 Attractions in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Cultural
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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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lexington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 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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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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Medina, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

What can be said about this historic home that has not already been said? For a small fee, we took the tour of the house which leaves every hour on the hour. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable about history and the house in particular. One of the finer points he would do is take us back countless years to... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Great location for photos and a beautiful setting. The view in fall was supported by blue skies, leaves beginning to turn with an onsite garden and lush trees for backdrop. This offered many scenes to have our photos taken.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Previous visits to Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage, in Nashville inspired me to want to visit this historical home, although the two are not comparable. This is a much more modest estate from a different time, but it was still interesting and worth visiting. We were able to get to and tour this site after visiting the Kentucky Horse Park... More

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columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The docent focused too much time on the beautiful antiques. We would have preferred more about the families who resided here.

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Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This was a nice place to visit, however, it was interesting to find out that this was not the home of Henry Clay . His home was torn down and this building was built on the foundation. Still a very nice home of his family with a lot of his things. Our guide was excelent and did a very good... More

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Pratt, KS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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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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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