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“not spectacular but good if you like old homes”

Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate
Ranked #11 of 122 things to do in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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**
Reviewed June 22, 2013

Liked the grounds and the history; not spectacular though, was hard to find but I'd love to live in the nearby neighborhood

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Reviewed June 14, 2013

The best place for a shady walk. Gorgeous old trees, lots of shady lanes, and a lovely garden open all year. I go here almost everyday. In spring Peonies bloom and in winter the quiet is lovely.

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

A thorough tour. The stories provide insight into history and historic culture. Air conditioned, but you can't see the exterior units and the interior units are hidden in furniture. Sometimes they actually cook in the separate kitchen house.

Thank bhodie
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Good tour of an old house - but it's a completely rebuilt house on the foundations of Henry Clay's. So go forewarned - with the exception of one outbuilding, this is not, in fact, Henry Clay's house.

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Reviewed May 25, 2013

This house is very unique as far as historical tours are concerned. The vast majority of the furnishings in the home actually belonged to Henry Clay or his descendants which is unusual for homes of this age. Before the tour starts there is an exhibit with a video that does a great job of explaining who Henry Clay was and his importance in history as the Great Compromiser. The house is beautifully restored and the docents are very knowledgeable about Henry Clay and his descendants, who lived in the house from the early 1800's until the last one passed away in 1959. There is a fee to tour the house (I believe it was $10 but well worth it) but the grounds are free. If you are in Lexington definitely spend an hour or two to see this beautiful estate and learn a little bit of history.

Thank Cathie M
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