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Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate

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Address: 120 Sycamore Rd, Lexington, KY 40502-1842
Phone Number: +1 859-266-8581
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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
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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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Lots of good stuff about H Clay. Our guide was knowledgable but rote. House is well done. Grounds are nice.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Springfield, Illinois
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Springfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of good stuff about H Clay. Our guide was knowledgable but rote. House is well done. Grounds are nice.

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Clermont, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ran out of time to actually tour the home but the grounds are free. Hard to believe this used to be out in the country.

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Provo, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been there several times to walk the grounds and visit the estate. It is a hidden treasure of Lexington. The docents are very knowledgeable about the history of the estate and you will learn a lot. The grounds are very well cared for.

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Minot, North Dakota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Short and sweet: great hr tour. Good information. The staff are very friendly. I'd say only to take older kids because of the small space you get to move around in the house and the no touch policy. However, the grounds are beautiful and you can bring your dogs and I'm sure kids of all ages would love it. Beautiful... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great tour guide and really enjoyed the house and history. We did not remember a lot about Henry Clay but learned so much. I would highly recommend this tour.

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Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

John C. Clay was a lion of a politician in antebellum America. Known as the "great compromiser" he actually spent more time in Washington, DC than at his estate in Lexington. But there's lots of stories in this home's artifacts, and our knowledgeable guide shared many as a part of this hour and 15 minute tour. I toured this historic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

We love the Henry Clay Estate grounds for just relaxing, doing yoga, walking through the garden or having a picnic. Beautiful spot for fall photos also.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Enjoy a guided tour of the old house, or stroll for free around the beautiful pre-civil war grounds. The garden is a must-see in spring!

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This is a charming place to visit in Lexington. Walk the grounds, visit the beautiful formal gardens, scheduled events are fun, tour Henry Clay-the statesman's home.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

Ashland is the rebuilt home of Henry Clay, known to most as The Great Compromiser in American history. The house and its grounds are beautiful and full of gorgeous furniture and decor pieces which are original to the Family for generations. For those who are strictly antebellum, Civil War, or other Period history buffs, this could be a problem, because... More 

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