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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 55 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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St. Louis, MO
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
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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FORT MYERS
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

If you like history do not miss this house. It is well worth the stop. They have guided tours every hour. There is so much history about Henry Clay and his family and life. You can also visit the gardens which is also on the property. I highly recommend it.

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Sewell, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The price of admission was reasonable. The docent was pleasant and knowledgeable. Our tour was not rushed, and we learned many interesting things about Henry Clay. The visit was capped off by a self-guided tour of the gardens. I look forward to visiting here again.

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Amherst, New York, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We stopped here while passing through and I'm glad we did. The docent was non-stop informative. The house was in excellent condition. This is not the house that Henry Clay built but the one that his son James built after tearing down the original in 1850's.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

My husband and I went through the house on a tour and it was rushed the lady guide kept checking her with the hour tour was done in 40 min she gave quick high lights and moved on very little was said about what an amazing man he was and more about how he liked to gamble I was very... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We were just travelling through but he sounded like an interesting fellow - and he was! Henry Clay ran for president 3 times in the 1800s and lost all 3 times! The guided tour was very worth while and if you love history this is your place.

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