Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate


Story: Wendy Bright
Photography: The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Henry Clay was a highly regarded and influential American statesman in the first half of the 19th century. Ashland, his estate, is an important American historic site, and even during Clay’s lifetime, the estate was often treated synonymously with the man himself.

After Clay’s death in 1852, four generations of his descendants occupied the Ashland estate which simultaneously served as a memorial to Henry Clay, symbolizing his life’s work and the period in which he lived. Clay’s family lived their private lives there all the while curious and patriotic Americans paid visits to the famous site.

In 1950 after his family relinquished ownership of the estate, Ashland became an historic house museum under the auspices of the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation. For nearly three quarters of a century, this National Historic Landmark in Lexington, Kentucky has been open for public tours and has accommodated hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Visiting Ashland ideally includes a guided tour of the mansion, a stop at both the Exhibit Room and the Museum Store, and a leisurely walk around the 17 wooded acres and the fine collection of outbuildings.

Ashland’s mission remains to keep Henry Clay’s legacy alive and to share the rich 200+ year history of this beloved Kentucky estate.

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate
120 Sycamore Road, Lexington, KY USA

Hours – tours at the top of each hour:
10:00 am-4:00 pm Tuesday – Saturday (Mar.-Dec.)
1:00 pm-4:00 pm Sunday (Apr.-Nov.)

For more information: henryclay.org

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