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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
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

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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Great architecture, very informative.

There are timed tours, so you may want to come early. The grounds and gardens are lovely, there are several outbuildings as well as a cafe and small museum room, so you can... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Depew, New York
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Depew, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are timed tours, so you may want to come early. The grounds and gardens are lovely, there are several outbuildings as well as a cafe and small museum room, so you can easily pass the time until your tour. Parking is adequate and convenient. The house isn't handicap accessible, you will need to walk up a flight of stairs-they... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is lovely. Just outside downtown, the home sits on a serene 7 acre site. The home was rebuilt by his son after Henry Clay's death due to structural issues. Henry Clay was one of Aaron Burr's lawyers and a candidate for president. You will definitely learn something on this tour. Make sure to take a walk on the... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Henry Clay and his offspring were fascinating characters, but the tour lacked passion and could be confusing given the number of Clays that lived on the estate over the years!

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Columbus, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Touring this beautiful federal style home and the surrounding grounds was a very pleasant and educational experience. Excepting for a few years after the Civil War, it had been home to various members of the Clay family until about 1950 (and a museum ever since). While Henry Clay's original War of 1812 era mansion had to be torn down in... More 

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Roseville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So much history! I would recommend the Henry clay estate, and he Ashland park area in general. Walk around, have a picnic, walk your dog! Really a calm and charming little area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A grand estate, fitting for one of Kentuckys' eminent statesmen! Filled to the brim with artifacts and family heirlooms. A must see for every Kentuckian!

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although we live only a few miles away, we had not visited Ashland in more than 20 years. The change is remarkable. This is a beautiful house, with more history than one can take in during a single visit. The tour is virtually a history lesson covering a very important time in American history. Henry Clay played a very important... More 

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Columbus, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had previously lived in Lexington, but had never visited. We took the opportunity recently while in town to correct this. Wish we had gone long ago. Henry Clay was an influential figure, and many bits of his history were unknown to us, but fascinating.

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Richmond, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband & I took a long weekend and visited Lexington for the 1st time. We toured the Henry Clay Estate Friday afternoon and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting. Would recommend a visit.

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Jupiter, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have long admired Henry Clay as perhaps the most impactful American politician who never became president, though he was "oh so close" so many times! For that, I was intrigued to see the grounds of his old home but be aware that this is not the same house. His son tore down the original house and built a new... More 

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