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.