Looking for a serene – and safe – place for a stroll? Try Ashland


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.

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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.