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“He ran for President 5 times”

Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate
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Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate Tour
Ranked #13 of 90 things to do in Lexington
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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 13 September 2018 via mobile

Lovely tour of this “period” estate. I learned so much about the man whose time in the Senate was so crucial to our country. This is a much better way to learn history. Exterior architecture, estate grounds and furnishings are ver impressive. If people knew more about Henry Clay, there would be lines to get in. Located in a beautiful residential area, a fantastic stop!

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Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Had a great tour! Toured on a Sunday afternoon, hours 1-4pm. Tours cost $12, which consist of an indoor tour. Grounds is free to walk around! An incredible old home!

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Reviewed 15 August 2018

We loved our tour. It was mid-afternoon, and we were the only 2 people on our tour. YAY!! We asked so many questions that I believe our tour lasted a few minutes longer than they planned. The guide was knowledgeable, and shared great stories of how many of the items were donated back to the home by people who had come to own them. The house was neat, clean, and period decorated. The indoor wooden shutter system was amazing. There is a little cafe offering sandwiches/salad but we were not there at mealtime. We enjoyed the grounds, especially the ice houses. I had never seen that before. Historical homes further south do not have them.

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Reviewed 9 August 2018

What a grand place! There was a small group of us for an 11AM tour on a Friday with an EXCELLENT tour guide named Lane. Tours start at the top of the hour, so get there a few minutes early to purchase your ticket in the small gift shop. You will learn so much history on this tour that is not in the history books and certainly is very interesting! To see the grand furniture, china, books, etc. that are so much a part of the American history is so rare and totally breathtaking.
You are given a tour of some of both the main level and the second floor of the estate. You can explore the outside alone and the garden offers a nice shady spot to rest if needed. There is a small deli on site and nice bathrooms.
Dont miss Henry's coach which is located in the building next to the gardens.
There is a small gift shop where you purchase your ticket, but has many nice things you can purchase regarding Ashland and the area. Dont miss the little book written by the Ashland cat, telling some of the Clay family secrets!
I am so glad I visited this home. I highly recommend!

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Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

We got to the estate just in time for our tour, and the docent caught us up vey quickly. We didn’t know much about Clay going into this tour, but wow, we need a guy like this in our political system. Known as “The Great Compromiser” Clay was a respected senator and lawyer across the country. Many similar situations that he faced, our country is facing today (eerie how history repeats itself).

Some of the items in the House were directly from Clay while others were from family members. You cannot take pictures in the House, but it’s so beautiful you can’t forget it. Take some time to check out the gift shop and the grounds on the outside. One of the better history tours we took. Definitely take some time there!

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