Ashland (Henry Clay Estate), Lexington

Ashland (Henry Clay Estate), Lexington (must see)

Ashland, in Lexington, enjoys a unique status as being the Henry Clay Estate. Henry Clay (1777 – 1852) was an American attorney and statesman who represented Kentucky in both the Senate and House. He was the seventh House Speaker and the ninth Secretary of State.

The farmer, attorney, Congressman and Senator has an enduring legacy that has helped shape the early life of this country. The grounds of Henry Clay Estate has been beautifully preserved, and the house still has many of the original furnishings on display. It is a registered National Historic Landmark.

The estate hosts regular tours that cover unique themes related to different aspects of life on the property. Some of the special themed tours include an indoor tour, slavery, women's contributions, and tours that include art and the grounds. Self-guided tours of outdoor areas, including the gardens and walking trails, are available.

All of the artifacts on display at the estate are part of a preservation and conservation program to ensure that they are available for future generations. In addition to furnishings, the home is also host to a collection of silver, textile items, and books. All of these items provide fascinating looks into the life of this statesman and his family.

The art collection includes materials ranging from steel to wattle for a broader range of representations. There are three large-scale steel sculptures by John Henry, a wooden horse head by Kiptoo Tarus, and wattle and daub sculptures by Justin Roberts. All of the art used at the estate helps tell its story in practical ways. These sculptures are all visible on the grounds and worthy of your time.

Why You Should Visit

An excellent, insightful look at the many aspects of Henry Clay's life, told through art and other exhibits that tell a story.

Tips
Consider a tour that covers the art and grounds for the best look at the estate's history.

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Ashland (Henry Clay Estate) on Map

Sight Name: Ashland (Henry Clay Estate)
Sight Location: Lexington, USA (See walking tours in Lexington)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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