Reclaiming The Grandeur of Clay’s Estate

YOU ARE HERE -> 1880s-1940s Thirty years after Henry Clay’s death, after the ravages of time, war, and use by the state college had taken their toll on the 324-acre Ashland estate, granddaughter Anne Clay McDowell returned to the family’s hallowed grounds.  She and Major McDowell transformed Ashland, providing Clay’s old estate its new public … More Reclaiming The Grandeur of Clay’s Estate

Henry Clay’s Paradise

YOU ARE HERE -> up to 1852 Named for the towering ash trees growing there, Henry Clay’s Ashland was no ordinary home.  Because of Clay’s prominence and the fact that he cherished and spoke often of his estate in Kentucky, Ashland became nationally known and an inseparable part of Clay’s public identity.  Clay had lent … More Henry Clay’s Paradise

Ashland: Unsurpassed for Party-Giving

YOU ARE HERE -> 1880s-1890s Henry Clay’s granddaughter Anne Clay McDowell and her husband Major Henry Clay McDowell became famous for the “bounteous hospitality of Ashland,” as the Lexington Leader put it in 1899.  When they moved to Ashland in 1883, the McDowells brought six children between the ages of ten and twenty-two:  Nannette, 22; … More Ashland: Unsurpassed for Party-Giving