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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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Description: The site of celebrated statesman Henry Clay's original 672-acre estate...
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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Interesting historical site and don’t miss the garden

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 11, 2014
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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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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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Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I had heard about Ashland for most of my adult life. My daughter lived down the street. We drove by when we visited. BUT WE NEVER STOPPED. What a mistake. Ashland is well worth your time to visit - devote a couple of hours, at most, and enjoy the history.

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Corydon, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

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

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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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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