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Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate Tours

Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate
Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate is the former residence of the famed US politician, who served as a speaker of the House and a secretary of state. A National Historic Landmark, the 17-acre (7-hectare) estate has been meticulously restored, and comprises an 18-room Federate-style mansion, six outbuildings, and expansive gardens and grounds.
 
The Basics
The highlight of a visit to Ashland is the guided tour. Docents share the life and legacy of Henry Clay as they lead you around the mansion, furnished with Clay family artifacts from several generations. Afterward, take a stroll around the garden, and explore the Henry Clay exhibit room, the Civil War Memorial, and the outbuildings. Alternatively, sign up for the seasonal Women’s Voices tour, which focuses on the contributions of the women of Ashland—check the estate’s website for more information.

To save time at the entrance, purchase your ticket online in advance.
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • Ashland is a must for travelers interested in architecture or Civil War history.
  • Self-guided tours of the gardens and grounds are free.
  • The first floor of the house is wheelchair-accessible.
  • There’s a café and shop on-site.
 
How to Get There
Ashland is located about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) southeast of downtown Lexington. The best way to get there is by car, and parking is free. Take New Circle Road (KY 4) to Richmond Road and look for the Ashland signs.
 
When to Get There

Docent-led tours are offered hourly: 10am to 4pm from Tuesday through Saturday (March through December), and 1pm to 4pm on Sunday (April through November). The house is closed in January; in February, the house is open to groups of 10 or more only. The grounds are open year-round.
 
Historical Sites in Lexington
Besides Ashland, check out some of Lexington’s other sites. You’ll find the Mary Todd Lincoln House, replete with personal items from the Todd and Lincoln families, as well as the Hunt-Morgan House, former home of General John Hunt Morgan and birthplace of Nobel laureate Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan. Or, visit the Waveland State Historic Site, former home of the Joseph Bryan family, which followed Daniel Boone through the Cumberland Gap.
Address: 120 Sycamore Rd, Lexington, Kentucky 40502, USA
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Signature Henry Clay Tour

Signature Henry Clay Tour

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Exploring Ashland—the Lexington house of 19th-century Kentucky statesman Henry Clay—without a guide may leave you skimming over important details. On this tour, you cover the 18-room mansion in full, learn how Clay used it, and uncover his life story and political achievements. Prebook to guarantee your tour place, and finish with a self-guided walk around the gardens, including their Civil War Monument and photographic Henry Clay Exhibit.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.00
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Traces: Slavery at Ashland

Traces: Slavery at Ashland

Walk in the footsteps of the men, women, and children who were enslaved at Ashland on this indoor/outdoor tour. Learn how historians use traces of evidence to uncover their stories. Listen to the voices of those who resisted bondage and honor the memory of those who were forced to labor at Ashland. This tour contains difficult information including discussions of sexual exploitation and other forms of violence. Parental discretion is advised. Visitors 5 years and older must wear masks and remain 6 feet from other parties. Indoor/Outdoor Walking Tour
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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