Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate
Ashland is the early 19th century plantation home of the U.S. statesman, Henry Clay located in the heart of Lexington Kentucky. The estate dates from approximately 1806, and at its largest, included over 600 acres. As a farming operation of considerable size, the plantation included up to 60 enslaved African Americans.
Knowledgeable docents will share the life and legacy of Clay as you tour the 19th-century mansion filled with family artifacts from all five generations of the Clay family that called Ashland home. Enjoy the 17-acre estate including historic outbuildings, gardens, trees, and walking paths. Our Museum Store also has a great selection of books and gifts.
Guided tours start on the hour, 10:00-4:00 Tuesday-Saturday (March-December) and on Sundays from 1:00-4:00 (April-November). $12 for adults, $6 for students. AAA discount. Special rates for bus, school, and group tours are available. Go to www.henryclay.org under the Tour Ashland tab for a complete listing of tour information, times, and directions.
Don't miss our onsite Ginkgo Tree Cafe! Open seasonally, this is a beautiful patio area to enjoy lunch while overlooking the estate. It offers a selection of sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00-3:00. Contact Ashland for more information. Groups of 7 or more require a reservation.