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“19th Century Lexington”

Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate
Ranked #12 of 130 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 September 20, 2006

Touring this estate is a bit like going back in time. The tour began with a film about Henry Clay, his home, and his family.

Among other things, Mr. Clay was US Secretary of State under John Quincy Adams and is "Kentucky's favorite son."

There's a small museum on the ground floor, but valuable pieces are displayed throughout the house. Notice the glass goblet owned by George Washington.

For the person interested in grand, old homes, antiques, or history, Ashland is a must when visiting Lexington.

4  Thank TravelingGuy
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Reviewed January 3, 2006

Henry Clay Home, Lexington Kentucky November 2, 2005.
Big Kudos to valm226@aol.com of Columbus,Ohio.
I would like to echo exactally what they said !!!!

In addition I would like to say that the Henry Clay Estate is more than just the house tour. The whole property is about 20 acres of the original estate grounds.
The grounds are absolutely emaculate and no trip is complete unless you spends some time in the garden area.

Check out the Calendar of Events for scheduled Chamber Concerts and Candlelight Tours in late November and December.Thats always neat.

Henry Clay was known as "The Great Compromiser" for his ability to bring others to agreement. He was the Peace Commissioner at Ghent and he was nominated for Presidency several different times.

Do a google or yahoo search on Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate for more information.

5  Thank crud_bud
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Reviewed August 22, 2005

It is dismaying to see that another traveler gave this a below average review...the horse farms indeed are beautiful but if that person would have bothered to listen they would have realized that it is only because of people like Henry Clay and other earlier affluent Kentuckians that there are the beautiful lineages of race horses today...while history may not be for everyone, you must see this lovely grand old home which has been restored to it's former state. As you venture from room to room, you hear the voices from the past whisper to you...the informative tour winds through the floors of this rambling old estate while giving you a quick lesson on the politics of the Kentucky frontier and the more genteel lifestyle afforded Mrs. Clay and Henry's family. It may not be as PC as modern day dictates, but remember this was a different time, folks. I marveled at the tiny, tiny shoes worn by the ladies of the family and the waist size of the lovely gowns that must have rivaled Scarlett O' Hara. On my last visit to Lexington, we did not tour the home, but rather I took time to drive a friend down Richmond road at dusk just to see the house from the outside, (she had never been)...and as the night crept upon us, the scent of fragrent flowers filled the summer air as the soft light emitted from the windows in the old home. If we squinted just so, we could almost imagine the ladies putting out the lantern and the fine carriage rolling up the drive, home at last from what might have been a long days journey from Frankfort or Paris....the gentle laughter of children as they are called down from climbing the majestic trees on the lawn in time for supper and then off to bed...history is a living thing in such a house, it recalls a simplier time. We hope you will visit this place and perhaps take home a piece of times past and even a new fact or two about the people who lived and loved in this pretty place.

5  Thank vivienleigh
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Reviewed July 20, 2005

With so many breeding farms, I was hard pressed to go see this house, but we did anyway. Not a whole lot to see.

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