LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, has taken a unique step of re-lighting the estate with holiday lights to provide a visual reminder of hope for the community.
The grounds remain open and offer space for guests to enjoy the property in a low-contact environment, while providing an opportunity for students of all ages to engage in civics and history lessons by reading the interpretive markers and State historic markers.
The outdoor Smokehouse and Carriage exhibits remain open.
Newly developed online initiatives provide the public, especially students, an opportunity for connection, interaction and learning, while also providing long-term benefits to people who cannot visit the estate in person. Over 3,000 students visited Ashland during 2019, representing nearly 23 percent of all visitors.
Making History Today: Our Kentucky Families is a new addition to the Blog page and can be found at www.henryclay.org. The public is invited to select an artifact from their own home that tells a story about their family. Once they submit an image along with a brief description, Ashland Curator Eric Brooks will respond by sharing a similar object from the collection and the story behind it.
Wake Up with Ashland is a series of virtual tours sponsored by Dupree Mutual Funds that will be offered at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Manager of Tours & Education, Cameron Walpole, will lead tours lasting 15-20 minutes via Facebook Live (facebook.com/henryclayestate/) and explore different rooms of the mansion, the outbuildings and the grounds.