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Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate

120 Sycamore Rd, Lexington, KY 40502-1842
+1 859-266-8581
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An interesting look into the life of Henry Clay

Advertising that Ashland is the former home of Henry Clay is a bit of a stretch; yes, he lived on... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
John B
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Toronto, Canada
Glad we did it

Far more interesting and informative than I thought it would be. We had not planned on being in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Deborah O
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Ramsey
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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120 Sycamore Rd, Lexington, KY 40502-1842
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Advertising that Ashland is the former home of Henry Clay is a bit of a stretch; yes, he lived on this spot for more than 30 years but the original house was torn down and completely rebuilt by his son after Henry died in 1852....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Far more interesting and informative than I thought it would be. We had not planned on being in Lexington but we had an emergency that kept us there for a few days and so we saw that this house was a point of interest, and...More

Thank Deborah O
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Touring the Ashland estate was really interesting as I am a big fan of the era and one of his adversaries James Polk! Ashland grounds are splendid with nice garden with walking path! The tour of the house is a must to learn about this...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our hour-long tour of Ashland. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the history and stories interesting even for my youngest children (7 & 5). I knew a little about Henry Clay coming in, but learned a lot about his life and he...More

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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

We were enjoying some sunshine and we were chased away for allowing our children to play. While the grounds are beautiful the staff is rude!More

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Kate H, Manager at Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Thank you for communicating your experience. The museum and outdoor exhibits are closed in January, yet, the grounds remain open to the public. Many people don't know that Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate is private property supported by individuals and businesses. We ask that visitors...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

A little history detour from bourbon tasting paying off in spades. Wonderfully appointed historic mansion, though rebuilt by Clay's son on existing foundation. Tour guide Neil Mizer (sp?), a real student of history, was a delightful bonus.

Thank Patrick B
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

I enjoyed a very educational, entertaining guided tour of the mansion on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The tour took about an hour. In addition, I devoted about two more hours to browsing the gift shop, exhibit room, and the outbuildings and grounds. My tour guide,...More

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Reviewed 11 November 2017

Henry Clay, not as well know as he should be. Very interesting person who ran for the presidency three times. The house and grounds are well cared for and give a great glance into how people lived many, many years ago. My only complaint -...More

Thank Darin L
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

When visiting family, I always look for something new to do. Loved this place. Learned so much. Enjoyed the gift shop.

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

The grounds are amazing as well as the house. The garden is very beautiful to visit in the Spring and Summer. Henry Clay's home is must see!

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3 April 2018|
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Response from Kate H | Property representative |
Hello! Patrick is correct that we are in a residential area, but we are very close to downtown and to some hotels further up Richmond Road heading out of town. The closest in that direction is the Double Tree Suites by... More
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7 April 2017|
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Response from Elizabeth B | Reviewed this property |
They are about 10 miles apart. In between the two is the Mary Todd Lincoln House in downtown Lexington, which might be a nice stop on the way.
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Judy C
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Response from Jane S | Reviewed this property |
10 to 12 dollars
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