ASHLAND, THE HENRY CLAY ESTATE
Lexington – 120 Sycamore Road (I-75 exit 104, turn northwest toward Lexington,
go 7.5 miles. Look for big brown sign.) 40502. www.henryclay.org. Phone: (859)
266-8581. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday 1:00-4:00pm.
Closed Mondays (November-March). Closed January and holidays. Admission:
$7.00 adult, $4.00 child (6-18). Tours: one hour long – guided, given on the hour.
Miscellaneous: Food is available in the Ginkgo Tree Café on the brick patio
outside, is open for lunch and snacks. Museum Store.
Henry Clay (1777-1852) was named The Great Compromiser, Harry of the
West, Candidate for President and quoted “I’d rather be right than president”.
For more than forty years, Henry Clay lived at Ashland, the place he loved
best. When he was at home he could be seen frequently pacing the “Henry
Clay Walk” that still runs through the trees behind the main house. Many of
the great speeches which he delivered in Congress were composed along
these peaceful walks. Living here most of his adult life, the 18 room mansion
is furnished with Clay family possessions. The tour begins with a videotape
historical review. On tour, there are also outbuildings on the grounds like the
icehouse, smokehouse, dairy cellar, privy/laundry and keepers cottage – all in
a park-like setting.
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