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Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate

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Address: 120 Sycamore Road, Lexington, KY 40502
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+1 859-266-8581
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
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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A must see attraction

I visited with my teacher friend from South Carolina on a rainy summer day. I have to admit I was not keen on doing this visit, but it was definitely worth the time. We did the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Beattyville, Kentucky
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Beattyville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I visited with my teacher friend from South Carolina on a rainy summer day. I have to admit I was not keen on doing this visit, but it was definitely worth the time. We did the Mary Todd Lincoln House in the morning and Ashland in the afternoon. It worked out great because you need more time here. The tour... More 

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Portland, Maine
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good stop for history buffs and those interested in old homes and their stories. I was most interested to learn more about Henry Clay the man but the home and tour concentrates more on the home and Clay's family. An understandable choice but not what I was hoping for. Our guide was also by her own admission not feeling... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was enjoying a picnic with my family and asked to put my camera away as I shouldn't be photographing on private property. I wasn't having a photo shoot, I was simply taking photos of my kids playing as others were doing the same, I was told to leave if I couldn't put my camera away. Super rude. Will not... More 

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Berea, Kentucky
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

The holiday lighting sounded a lot better than it actually was. Overpriced, not many vendors and most of them sold the same few items, not what I expected from a candlelight walk through, unorganized, crowded, the carols could have also been organized better, they were not on schedule, they should have made more of a big deal about when they... More 

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Burke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

It was an amazing guided tour of the Ashland - Henry Clay Estate and Henry Clay the Statesman. If you're a history buff, this is a must visit.

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Springfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

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 November 15, 2016

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 November 14, 2016

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 November 10, 2016 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 November 4, 2016

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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