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“Uber-interesting tour of this Estate and Henry Clay's Colorful Life”

Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate
Ranked #10 of 117 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**
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Uber-interesting tour of this Estate and Henry Clay's Colorful Life”
Reviewed 16 November 2013

Having originally planned to hike at the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary in Lexington, my husband suggested we switch plans and visit Henry Clay's estate instead due to inclement weather. SO GLAD we made the switch!

We paid $10/person for a 1 hour tour (kids are $5). In my opinion, it was worth every penny!

Docent Ben Briggs MADE the day! He presented details of the estate and Henry Clay's life in a masterful way, combining his knowledge of Henry Clay and our early nation's politics with a talent for story telling to make for an extremely entertaining 60 minutes. With only 4 adults and 1 6 year old on our tour, Ben respectfully addressed EVERY question our group had. My husband was SO impressed with Ben's knowledge, he asked Ben if he is a History Professor at UK.

The architecture alone was very interesting, but what I personally liked the most was the abundance of personal artifacts from the Clay family, including a pair of dualing pistols, a walking cane, several paintings, and bourbon glasses. History has been VERY well preserved at the Ashland Estate!

After the 1 hour tour of the home, my husband and I watched the 12 minute video of Ashland, and then spent another hour walking the grounds of the estate, reading the well-placed signs marking each outbuilding and the garden.

Ashland made for a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon while visiting Lexington.... a MUST SEE for anyone interested in period architecture or political history.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank KyShutterBug
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A beautiful piece of history ”
Reviewed 5 November 2013 via mobile

We visited the beautiful Ashland. The guide did a good job sharing the history and answering questions. Would recommend to others

Thank Aldepew
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Findlay, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Did not take tour..but grounds are pretty”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

We tried to take the tour but got there at 3;10 and next tour did not start until 4:00 and we did not want to wait.. so we went in and watched the video on Henry Clay..After watching the video we walked the grounds...the video explained that this was not Henry Clay's house..His house fell in/was destroyed and his son rebuilt this one on the foundation of the original house..making some changes but overall trying to design it like the original one.. After learning that..we were ok with missing the tour.. the gardens are beautiful and fun to walk thru...

Visited October 2013
Thank MJ S
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Lexington, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Beautiful in any season”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

Lovely place to spend the afternoon, tour the house, stroll around the grounds, sit and watch the squirrels. Beautiful garden, amazing trees and plants.

Visited October 2013
Thank Bluegrass18
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Columbia, TN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Kentucky History”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

Henry Clay's home was very interesting and contains a large percentage of original furnishings. The tour guide was very informative. Garden was beautiful!

Visited September 2013
1 Thank JaneColumbia_TN
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