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Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate

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Address: 120 Sycamore Road, Lexington, KY 40502
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+1 859-266-8581
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The site of celebrated statesman Henry Clay's original 672-acre estate that...

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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Historical Gem!

This definitely was worth a visit! I don't think history textbooks today really emphasize how important Clay was to American political history.There are so many fascinating facts... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
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Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This definitely was worth a visit! I don't think history textbooks today really emphasize how important Clay was to American political history.There are so many fascinating facts and artifacts belonging to Clay here. The tour begins with a little movie about his life in a small room off the gift shop. Since my husband and I were the only people... More 

Thank Bassetlove
Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

loved the tour and history of the grounds and house. Wonderful place to just walk around in all the seasons. Great formal gardens, and a popular place for taking family photos. But if you have the chance, take the tour of the house!!

Thank 37cs2016
South Florida, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love visiting The Henry Clay Estate! This year we went at Christmas when they had the outdoor Christmas market which added to the fun. The guides are so knowledgeable! It's such a big beautiful old house. This is a must see in Lexington!

Thank WannaGoKY
Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

This is an amazing well preserved mansion and furnishings of one of America's greatest statesmen. Beautiful gardens and old growth trees abound. Take a trip back in time!

Thank bobwillcutt
Beattyville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I visited with my teacher friend from South Carolina on a rainy summer day. I have to admit I was not keen on doing this visit, but it was definitely worth the time. We did the Mary Todd Lincoln House in the morning and Ashland in the afternoon. It worked out great because you need more time here. The tour... More 

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Portland, Maine
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

A good stop for history buffs and those interested in old homes and their stories. I was most interested to learn more about Henry Clay the man but the home and tour concentrates more on the home and Clay's family. An understandable choice but not what I was hoping for. Our guide was also by her own admission not feeling... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

I was enjoying a picnic with my family and asked to put my camera away as I shouldn't be photographing on private property. I wasn't having a photo shoot, I was simply taking photos of my kids playing as others were doing the same, I was told to leave if I couldn't put my camera away. Super rude. Will not... More 

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Berea, Kentucky
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

The holiday lighting sounded a lot better than it actually was. Overpriced, not many vendors and most of them sold the same few items, not what I expected from a candlelight walk through, unorganized, crowded, the carols could have also been organized better, they were not on schedule, they should have made more of a big deal about when they... More 

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Burke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

It was an amazing guided tour of the Ashland - Henry Clay Estate and Henry Clay the Statesman. If you're a history buff, this is a must visit.

Thank Dick H
Springfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Lots of good stuff about H Clay. Our guide was knowledgable but rote. House is well done. Grounds are nice.

Thank Jane S

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